The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) is an international platform for policy dialogue and analysis devoted to regional issues in West Africa. Its mission is to enhance the effectiveness of regional policies and partner support. find out +

OECD experts group on risk and resilience

The OECD hosted from 18 to 20 January 2016 the 5th experts group meeting on risk and resilience focusing on integrating and operationalising resilience in global frameworks. The SWAC Secretariat presented some lessons learned from the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) – Sahel and West Africa. The SWAC Secretariat is currently participating in the elaboration of a resilience measurement tool that aims to assess the results and impacts of the Alliance. > presentation

Happy New Year 2016

The Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) wishes you a Happy New Year. Our Members, partners and friends will soon receive the 2016 SWAC Calendar recalling some of the highlights of 2015, a year very rich in events: Expo Milano, COP21, the International Conference on Mali, the European Development Days (EDD15), statutory meetings of our West African Members, meetings of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) and the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR), to name just a few.

31st RPCA Annual Meeting

About 200 participants attended the 31st Annual Meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) on 14 and 15 December 2015 in Dakar. The meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of the agro-sylvo-pastoral campaign, analyse the food and nutrition situation and make recommendations to address any crises. The meeting also discussed the main recommendations from the first external evaluation of the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management and took stock of the lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic. > find out + | > article | > WARI magazine

Building an emerging Mali

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, French President François Hollande and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría opened the international conference on the economic recovery and development of Mali on 22 October. SWAC Secretariat Director Mr Bossard presented a few key messages from his paper on the Malian regions of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu | http://oe.cd/mali2015 

Ebola killed more than 11 000 people

According to WHO Ebola statistics as of 29 December 2015, 28 637 people were infected with the Ebola virus and 11 315 people died from the disease. Only one day after the WHO formally announced the end of the outbreak, a new Ebola case was confirmed in Sierra Leone on 15 January 2016. This illustrates that Ebola can re-emerge at any time and it is crucial to continue building rapid response mechanisms and health infrastructure. > map

West Africa at #COP21‌‌‌

West Africa’s regional organisations promoted their vision, actions and contributions to the climate change debate at the COP21 climate summit in Paris. The SWAC Secretariat supported them, particularly in the organisation of a side event. It also prepared a booklet highlighting some key facts about climate, climate change and resilience. Stakeholders of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) made a declaration to outline the Alliance's contribution. > find out +


Ten years of Common Agricultural Policy

The International Conference on Agriculture in West Africa gathered a large number of agricultural experts from 17-19 November in Dakar. Ten years after the official launch of the regional agricultural policy (ECOWAP), the ECOWAS Commission and its partners took stock of its achievements and its prospects. At the request of the ECOWAS Commission, the SWAC/OECD Secretariat provided a contribution on the impacts of changes in the agro-food economy. Based on the various contributions, the debates in Dakar will result in an update of the Common Agricultural Policy. > SWAC analysis

RPCA film tells a Sahel-West Africa success story

The SWAC Secretariat, in collaboration with ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS and with the financial support of the European Commission, produced a film dedicated to the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA). The objective is to raise awareness about the success of the Network, which for 30 years has been engaged in the fight against food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel and West Africa. > blog

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Latest post: Climate change: Effective mitigation and adaptation efforts could reduce food insecurity

In the media

West Africa: Security crisis and food crisis, OECD Insights, 6 January 2016

Insecurity, a driver of food insecurity in the Sahel, Le Monde Afrique, January 2016

WARI magazine on the 31st RPCA annuel meeting, 14-15 December 2015

Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu, neglected areas in Mali's developmentJeune Afrique, 23 November 2015

Can cross-border co-operation be a tool for the stabilisation and development of Mali and its northern regions?, OECD Insights, 22 October 2015

Pour la reconstruction des régions du nord du MaliLe Monde Afrique, 21 October 2015

Food Security: A film dedicated to the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) tells a Sahel and West Africa success story, AfDB West Africa blog, 16 October 2015

Building resilient societies and breaking the cycle of rural poverty in the Sahel and West Africa region, OECD Insights, 16 October 2015

Eating soup with a knife: Confronting warfare in the Sahara, OECD Observer, October 2015

Changing demographics pulling up agriculture. ECDPM Great Insights Magazine, June/July 2015

Challenges for the transformation of West Africa's agricultural systems, Grain de Sel, June 2015 (French)

Togo, an unchanging electoral geography, Le Monde Afrique, 11 May 2015 (French)

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