Sahel Teams Selected to Develop Innovative Solutions for Global Resilience Challenges

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Dakar, Senegal – Groundswell International and a collaborative effort between Mercy Corps and PlaNet Finance were selected as two of 16 teams to advance in the Global Resilience Challenge by the Global Resilience Partnership, an initiative spearheaded by The Rockefeller Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The selected teams will work to produce transformative proposals for the Sahel to qualify for up to $1 million for implementation and continued innovation.
The selected resilience topics, team leaders and lead organizations in the Sahel are: 
  • Scaling Resilient Rural Livelihoods in Ecologically Fragile Drylands of the Sahel,” Peter Gubbels and Fatoumata Batta, Groundswell International. 
  • Linking Social and Financial Capital to Enhance Resilience of Agro-Pastoral Communities (LEAP) in Niger and Mali,” Julie Snorek, Mercy Corps, and Adrien Champey, PlaNet Finance. 
The Global Resilience Challenge is a three-stage grant competition led by the Global Resilience Partnership, a $150 million effort of The Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and Sida to help the global community pivot from being reactive in the wake of disasters to driving evidence-based investments to better manage and adapt to inevitable shocks. 
For more information, see the Global Resilience Partnership website or the full press release here