New initiative in Africa

Sustainability, Stability, Security (3S Initiative)


2 million jobs and 10 million hectares rehabilitated in Africa by 2025



The "Sustainability, Stability and Security" (3S) Initiative is an inter-governmental action launched by Morocco and Senegal to address the root causes of instability in Africa – in particular migration and conflict related to the degradation of natural resources – through an innovative approach. 

Each year, at least eleven million young Africans enter the job market, while during the next decade an estimated 60 million people will be at risk of being forced to move from degraded land, migrating within and outside the continent. Therefore, land degradation and other effects of climate change on vulnerable populations are becoming a global problem. The bold, innovative and ambitious solutions envisioned by the 3S Initiative have been widely acknowledged and welcomed by the international community. 

The initiative works to provide alternatives to forced migration and radicalization by:

  • Creating jobs for young people, women and migrants through the restoration of degraded lands
  • Strengthening land access and tenure rights 
  • Enhancing early warning systems to predict drought and other natural disasters and effectively respond to displacement of populations

The 3S Initiative aims to:

  • Create two million green jobs for vulnerable groups, in particular young people, migrants, displaced populations and individuals targeted by extremist groups, through the investment in the restoration and sustainable land management of ten million hectares of degraded lands by 2025
  • Strengthen access to land and tenure rights to increase the sense of belonging to a specific community and place, particularly in fragile areas
  • Prevent displacement by improving preparedness and early warning systems for drought and other natural disasters
The 3S Initiative – for Sustainability, Stability and Security in Africa – is an inter-governmental initiative helping to transform the narrative and unlock Africa’s potential. Countries participating in the 3S Initiative believe that social inclusion can be achieved hand-in-hand with environmental…
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