SOS Sahel International UK was established in the mid 1980s as a response to the devastating drought and famine across the Sahel. Whilst we began as a response to an emergency situation, we have always had our roots in long-term development, dedicated to relieving poverty of marginalised groups who live in the drylands of the Sahel. Historically, SOS Sahel UK was an umbrella organisation with country programmes across select countries in the Sahel; our first and largest country programme was in Sudan, but we also worked in Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger and Mali. However, with a dedication to grassroots, African-led development we began a long and difficult process of organisational transformation, supporting our partners to become independent nationally registered NGOs. SOS Sahel UK no longer implements projects but works with and for our independent national partners who work with some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world. Read more about our history.
Where we work
The Sahel – the band of drylands spanning west to east across the African continent on the southern border of the Sahara desert – contains many of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people, who face the realities of not only living in poverty but in extremely harsh environmental conditions. The region has experienced recurrent drought every few years since the 1980s, which has devastated harvests, economies and traditional farming ecosystems. Coping strategies for many livelihood groups are increasingly under stress, and a convergence of climate, conflict and economic shocks has caused the number of food insecure people in the region at crisis and emergency levels to increase. It is in this context that our partners work in Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia.
Thriving sustainable communities across the Sahelian drylands that have control over the decisions that affect their lives and the resources they need for a secure and fulfilling life.
To work with our partners to seek long term, sustainable solutions to the poverty experienced by millions of people across the drylands of the Sahel region of Africa.