AGIR Senior Experts' Group Meeting 2013



Within the framework of the 29th RPCA Annual Meeting, the Senior Experts' Group (AGIR-SEG) met to take stock of progress made in the implementation of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) since its launch in Ouagadougou in December 2012. Some countries were represented at ministerial level. The countries of the region urge their regional organisations to strengthen communication and political lobbying at the State level, and to provide all necessary technical and financial support for accelerating the implementation of country inclusive dialogues. They also recommend speeding-up the operationalisation of the AGIR Technical Unit and set the RPCA restricted meeting in April 2014 as a deadline for the progress review of country dialogue processes. 


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Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner in charge of International Co-operation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, speaking at the 2013 Sahel and West Africa Week

Abidjan, 25-29 November 2013


Members of the AGIR Senior Experts' Group welcomed the political and technical commitment of regional organisations (ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS) which, with support from the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD), have made significant progress in the implementation of the Regional Roadmap adopted in April 2013. 

The major achievements under this roadmap include:

  • the validation of methodological tools for the conduct of country inclusive dialogues (Regional workshop, Cotonou, 28-30 August 2013);
  • the acceleration of the recruitment process of experts for the AGIR Technical Unit.

AGIR stakeholders acknowledged the driving role played by the SWAC Secretariat, providing a common space for dialogue, debate, lobbying and advocacy for the Alliance.




Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire

 “This extreme fragile situation, particularly in the Sahel, still causes too much suffering for our compatriots, potentially provoking famine and malnutrition. This is not acceptable and requires the solidarity of other States, even if they are not directly exposed to such crisis due to their geographic location. [...] I would also like to encourage all members of our common space to invest in the implementation of AGIR. For our part, the Government of Côte d’Ivoire will do everything possible to finalise and adopt the areas of intervention related to this Alliance.”


Kristalina Georgieva, European CommissionerRepresentative of AGIR TFP Co-ordination-Platform 

“Since we launched AGIR in Ouagadougou, we have come a very long way in just one short year. Firstly, we now have a number of countries developing their national action plans: what they can specifically do to make communities more resilient to recurrent shocks of droughts and floods; secondly, we have mobilised significant financial commitments from the EU: 1.5 billion euros that are going to underpin the measures that countries identify; and thirdly, we have very significant engagements not just from the agriculture sector where we started on the issue of food security, but also from the health and social affairs sectors, - for example, from ministries but also from bottom-up community organisations. In fact, what is happening right now: the regional organisations provide the platform, the national governments provide detailed action plans and bottom-up community engagement allows this to become reality – with funding from governments, including from the EU.”


Franklin C. Moore, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator 

“We very much applaud the regional organisations and the leadership they have taken and we pledge to support their efforts. We applaud the space in AGIR created at the stakeholder table here for civil society organisations and farmers. We also applaud their response to the invitation. However, we believe that women make up a critical part of the humanitarian caseload, are a critical part of the solution and that gender is underrepresented in our conversations and strategies. We also believe it is important to take up the challenge of greater private sector involvement. They are a very important missing component at our table. […] The term resilience has become very popular. We have a small concern if resilience comes to mean everything, then it comes to mean nothing. So we are very interested in making sure that not everyone says that everything that they are doing is related to resilience. [...] I return to Washington with a renewed excitement about resilience and the certitude that resilience is alive and well here in West Africa.”


Fernando Moran, Ambassador of Spain to Côte d’Ivoire 

“The technical and financial partners are ready to support the efforts of the region and its Member States. We have done this in the past and will continue to do so in the future. The following key principle is guiding us: the leadership must be provided by the African regional organisations and its Member States, making use of their own resources. Moreover, it is necessary to assess the resources already available and the absorption capacity of institutions. [...] Finally, we must all strive to improve co-ordination between the different projects and dialogue mechanisms. AGIR should help us guarantee better co-ordination and the inclusion of resilience in regional and national policies/priorities. [...] In this collective effort, Spain will continue to be a key player. West Africa has always been a priority for our country. We believe that regional integration contributes to economic growth and good governance. The Spanish co-operation counts on the ability of ECOWAS and its Member States to carry out these initiatives with the support of its partners.”


Guy Evers, Representative of the United Nations organisations 

"Recognising the importance that the UN attaches to PREGEC and the RPCA, we recently revised our humanitarian programme cycle to await the full results and analysis of the Harmonised Framework. The next humanitarian appeal will therefore be launched in early February 2014. (...) In addition, we will also align the "UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel" (in particular Goal 3 on resilience) with the AGIR Alliance."


Khady Fall-Tall, Representative of the civil society and the private sector 

“We believe that much more must be done to capitalize on the results of research. This will support our advocacy work with local communities and we could better apply the research findings for the benefit of our citizens. We also believe that a stronger focus must be placed on gender, in particular on the ground. Gender is a key element of analysis because resilience affects mainly women who are at the heart of society.  Eventually, the role of civil society and women must be reconsidered in terms of actions within AGIR; because the technical and financial partners work exclusively with States. We believe that civil society has become a major player which one can count on and which needs to become more  involved in the discussions.”


Lapodini Marc Atouga, DAEWR Commissioner, Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission and of the IGOs 

“In implementing the meeting recommendations, we fully assume our responsibilities as leaders in regional strategies. The UEMOA and ECOWAS Commissions as well as the CILSS Executive Secretariat can only be satisfied whenever all stakeholders undertake to harmonize their approaches in order to facilitate the implementation of national and regional agricultural investment policies. They reflect both our vision and objectives to deeply and positively transform West African agriculture. [...] We are convinced that the synergy of actions driven by AGIR will lead to even more powerful successes for the benefit of agricultural actors.”


National Resilience Priorities (NRP – AGIR)

A round table debate provided an opportunity for country representatives to present progress made by their respective governments in the national dialogue processes which are currently underway in the 17 countries concerned by the Alliance. Some countries were represented at ministerial level. Government representatives urge their regional organisations to strengthen communication and political lobbying at the State level, and to provide all necessary technical and financial support for accelerating the implementation of country inclusive dialogues. They also recommend speeding-up the operationalisation of the AGIR Technical Unit and set the RPCA restricted meeting in April 2014 as a deadline for the progress review of country dialogue processes.

To facilitate this process at the country level, three methodological documents were validated by AGIR stakeholders at the regional workshop in Cotonou:


AGIR Partners Platform (TFPP)

Coming together on the side-lines of the AGIR-SEG meeting, the stakeholders of the Platform of Technical and Financial Partners (PTFP) recalled the three key elements of added value defined in the Regional Roadmap: 1. Creating a favourable environment for placing resilience at the heart of food security and nutrition strategies and policies; 2. Aligning individual and collective actions within the Resilience Results Framework; and 3. Promoting mutual learning and exchange of best practices. The Technical and Financial Partners of AGIR (TFPs) re-iterated their commitment to ensure better co-ordination among them and better alignment with national priorities in line with the commitments of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The EU continues its mobilising role on AGIR, as leader of the TFPs.

The EU, USAID, France, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, UN agencies (FAO, UNICEF, OCHA, UNFPA, UNIDO, UNESCO, WFP, UNDP), the World Bank and the African Development Bank participated in the PTFP meeting.

> Summary Record of TFPP meeting



Sibiri Jean Zoundi, SWAC Principal Administrator




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