Liptako-Gourma Authority (LGA)

Autorité de Liptako-Gourma (ALG)

Member States


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Date of creation

3 December 1970


The LGA’s objective is to promote a regional framework to enhance and develop mining, energy, hydraulic, agricultural, pastoral, and fisheries resources in the Liptako Gourma area. Since reform in 2017, it has aimed to enhance security cooperation between its member states, to prevent radicalisation, and to address intra- and extra-community conflicts.


1970 Creation of Liptako-Gourma Integrated Development Authority, commonly referred to as Liptako Gourma Authority (LGA)
2017 LGA’s development mission extended to security issues

Normative framework

1970 Memorandum of Understanding establishing the Liptako-Gourma Integrated Development Authority
2017 Revised Treaty


Political dialogue

Date Institutions Agreement
2005 CENSAD Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) [Accord de Cooperation]
2011 WAEMU MoU [Accord de Cooperation] – repeals and replaces the MoU signed in 2003
2013 ECOWAS MoU on cross-border issues [Accord de Cooperation Transfrontalière]
2013 ECOWAS, LGA, Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), Niger Basin Authority (ABN), African Center of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) Signature of the Agreement establishing the Framework for Consultation, Cooperation and Partnership between West African Intergovernmental Organizations [Protocole d’accord portant creation du cadre de concertation, de cooperation et de partenariat entre les organisations intergouvernementales de l’Afrique de l’Ouest]
2018 G5 Sahel MoU [Accord de Cooperation]

Governance and development

Areas Date Activities
Border management Contribution to the AU’s continental programme

Peace and Security

Activity  Date Description
Multinational operation (aborted) 2017 Decision to create a Multinational Force for Liptako Gourma following the Multinational joint task force (MNJTF) in the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC)
Cross-border security Since 2019- [ongoing] Joint project on cross-border cooperation supported by United Nations Development Programme