Sahel Initiative

The countries of the Sahel, and those adjacent, face a complex series of interconnected security and humanitarian challenges. The region’s long-standing political, economic and humanitarian vulnerabilities, combined with the crisis in Mali and the spread of insurgency, make access to unbiased news and information essential.

The BBG has responded by increasing its reach throughout the Sahel region. In the past year, new FM transmitters were added in in Mali, Nigeria, and Mauritania. In its FY2014 budget request, the agency included an additional $8 million to counter violent extremism, with particular focus on the Trans-Sahel region of Africa. The BBG also continues to provide programming in English, French and Arabic, as well as local languages, throughout the region.

In addition to radio and TV, the agency uses innovative ways of informing and engaging people in the region, with tools such as Mali1, an interactive voice response tool to make reliable news and information available on mobile phones.

The presentation below outlines the overall BBG strategy for the region and provides country-specific information on the media environment and BBG strategy for engaging these audiences. It also includes video and audio clips from programs, links to press releases and highlights, and social media streams from some of our most engaging programs.

You may advance through the presentation, or skip to a specific country, including Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan.