Sahel and West Africa Week 2012 › Strategy and Policy Group Meeting
On 8 December, SWAC Members met to discuss results of the 2011-2012 biennium and reviewed the proposed 2013-14 Programme of Work and Budget. The new biennium will largely build on the achievements of the 2011-2012 work period and continues to focus on the regional governance of food and nutritional security. In additon, a new platform for reflection will be opened on the Saharo-Sahelian areas, focusing more particularly on transhumant pastoralism. These two areas of work will be supported and complemented by cross-cutting activities which are focused on fostering the impact of SWAC work on policy-making and on providing services to Members. The Strategy and Policy Group meeting was hosted at the UEMOA Commission Headquarters in Ouagadougou.
Largely building on achievements of the 2011-2012 period, the new Programme of Work is organised into two dossiers which are supported and complemented by cross-cutting activities.
The Programme of Work also opens a new space for reflection of major concern for West Africa and the rest of the world: the Sahelo-Saharian areas. Beyond “immediate” crises, what potential do these areas have to develop themselves and how can they contribute to the development of the region as a whole? A retrospective Atlas which outlines future prospects will inform this debate. A deeper reflection will be led on the prospects for transhumant pastoralism, in particular in relation to development, food and nutritional security, and security issues.
These two areas of work will be supported and complemented by cross-cutting activities which are focused on fostering the impact of SWAC work on policy-making and on providing services to Members. These activities include the promotion of achievements, advocacy, information and communication and the continued development of the West Africa Gateway as well as other regular services to Members (newsletter, NewsAlerts, website, social networks, video coverage).