The Sahelo-Sudanese strip is experiencing a deep and multidimensional crisis, which includes but not limited to economic, political, ecological and security issues. The crisis has led to serious developmental challenges in the region.
The deep and lasting destabilization of the communities has created fertile ground for terrorism and the youth plagued by the unemployment and the difficulty of living situation have become the easy target for Jihadism.
Coupled with these challenges, the region is also plagued by the global climate change issues which is leading to land degradation and deforestation issues.
The National States and the international communities have mainly been focused on security and economic aspects.
The Great Green Wall (GGW) and AFR100 among other initiatives, which were originally aimed at stopping the advancement of the desert in the region and regenerating the soil by planting millions of trees now include other dimensions such as renewable energy, agroforestry, and other SDG goals to make them holistic framework capable of promoting true structural stability and sustainable development.
However unfortunately, these efforts, are encountering low local communities’ participation and this is due to lack of awareness and the lack of sense of direct local benefits from the efforts.
The World Economic Forum in Davos understood the importance of the dimension concerning the economic interest of the local communities and this is why it has launched the initiative to mobilize the international private sector to open up the global market to CAG tree products. Other private and public actors are also developing similar initiatives at the local and global level.
GGWoA Foundation was created to resolve this fundamental inadequacy. The foundation is focused on active social mobilization of the populations directly concerned by these initiatives and providing resources through collaboration with cultural and educational actors at the local, national and international levels to facilitate the realization of the developmental initiatives.