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Humanitarian Protection in the Liptako-Gourma Region: Local Protection Mechanisms and Humanitarian Response—Field Research Conducted in the Liptako-Gourma Region (August–September 2020)

Located at the borders of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, the Liptako-Gourma region is the new epicentre of the Sahara–Sahel crisis that broke out in 2012. As part of the research programme Humanitarian Protection in the Liptako-Gourma region, this is the first of two reports seeking to understand the impact of humanitarian protection programmes implemented in the Liptako-Gourma region and examines the links between local protection and humanitarian protection mechanisms as well as offering an overview on the threats, risks and vulnerabilities affecting the local populations. Strengthening the effectiveness of protection programmes requires a clear understanding of the issues, grounded on quantitative and qualitative data collected from a representative sample of populations in Burkina Faso (Nord and Sahel regions), Mali (Mopti region) and Niger (Tillabéri region) in August and September 2020. The report is available in French and translated into English.


I. Introduction 

II. General context of the research: Humanitarian protection in the Liptako-Gourma region 

III. Threats, risks and vulnerabilities 

IV. Local mechanisms and humanitarian protection responses


Dr Virginie Baudais is a Senior Researcher and Director of the SIPRI Sahel and West Africa Programme.
Dr Shourjya Deb is a Senior Researcher in the SIPRI Sahel and West Africa Programme.
Frédéric Baele is Head of Programmes, West Africa region, Danish Refugee Council.
Prof. Tiéman Diarra is Co-Director, Point Sud, Mali.
Dr Oumarou Hamani is Scientific Director, LASDEL, Niger.
Dr Thomas Ouédraogo is Executive Director, Centre pour la Gourvernance Démocratique, Burkina Faso.