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May 16, 2022

Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,

Welcome to the RPGO Brief, USAID West Africa's Regional Peace and Governance Office’s (RPGO) bimonthly newsletter of updates, programmatic highlights, and resources.

This issue’s highlights include:

●      The launch of a new activity focused on strengthening the capacity of Cameroonian civil society

●      An infographic on RPGO’s learning products

●      A link to our recent learning circle on the Implications of Recent Military Coups in West Africa on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Efforts

●      ECOWAS and USAID REWARD II’s joint review on ECOWAS’ interventions around elections and mediation processes in the region

●      Insights on an interfaith dialogue in Bol, Chad

I hope you find this information interesting and helpful to your work.


Richard Kimball

Office Director

Regional Peace and Governance Office

USAID West Africa

May 6, 2022

According to data released by the Cadre Harmonisé this month, the Sahel is facing one of the worst years of food insecurity in 15 years. But the causes of food insecurity are more complex today than they have been in the past with additional factors including increased political insecurity and extremist violence layering on top of climate shocks, which are in turn aggravated by the market and social disruptions of COVID 19, and further deepened by additional global disruptions resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Consequently, the importance of USAID’s work in the Sahel is as great today as it has ever been. 


April 26, 2022

Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,

Greetings from West Africa!  Have you heard of Fonio?  In this latest edition we introduce you to an ancient grain that's considered a nutritional powerhouse, poised to become a popular cash crop stemming from Mali and Ghana. Plus, congrats are in order for a special achievement awarded by the African Union. We'll highlight who won the award and what it means for agricultural development in West Africa.  As always, we continue to bring you updates on our activities within the sub region, highlighting partnerships to empower women in West Africa,  support the power and energy sector, and promote food security, while improving the livelihoods of farmers through increased productivity.

Enjoy, and continue to stay safe and healthy.


Matthew Anderson

Office Director

USAID/West Africa | Regional Economic Growth Office (REGO)

April 25, 2022

With 60 percent of Africa’s population under 35, the continent’s most promising young business, civil society, and government leaders will shape its future.  What they need is support, opportunity and resources to make an impact on their communities and countries.

The Accra West Africa YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC) is a response to that demand, and offers tools, training, and technology to an even broader array of young West African leaders.

April 22, 2022

The USAID/West Africa Regional Mission is pleased to announce its new partnership with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), who will implement the second phase of SERVIR West Africa 2 (SERVIR WA 2) over a five-year period.

SERVIR WA 2 connects “space to village” by helping West African countries use satellite data to address critical challenges in food security and agriculture, water and hydro-climatic disasters, weather and climate, land cover and land use change, and ecosystems services.  With ICRISAT and other regional and national leading organizations, USAID and NASA will continue to implement activities in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal, as well as opening up new activities in other West African countries.  


Last updated: September 16, 2022

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