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Sahel-Sahara Development and Security Strategy

Type: International

The Sahel-Sahara Development and Security Strategy (SDSS) is a regional initiative supported by USAID’s Peace through Development II program.

Its aim is to improve security through economic development and increased employment, access to social services, and community governance. The program is particularly aimed youth.

The SDSS can contribute to reducing extremism, offering youth – the most likely to join extremist groups – a hope of a brighter future. This will hopefully see less turn to extremism as individuals and communities are more likely to have their voices and concerns heard and addressed.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.