The Club is the only international platform entirely dedicated to regional issues. Its mission is to help build more effective policies to improve peoples’ living conditions in West Africa. > find out +
The Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) meeting gathered more than 120 food security leaders on 17 and 18 December in Brussels, including ministers from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo and the two new EU Commissioners in charge of humanitarian aid and development. The Commissioners Neven Mimica and Christos Stylianides both confirmed that “AGIR is on track”. > summary of conclusions
A closer look at the UNOCHA situation report maps reveals that the outbreak is concentrated in the cross-border areas of three Mano River Union countries; half of all victims are Liberians. Ebola does not stop at the border - the response must therefore take into account the regional dimension. > 10 facts about Ebola
Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Chad and Togo have initiated inclusive dialogues aimed at identifying national resilience priorities, - within AGIR. The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Liberia have recently joined this first group.
Food security has been at the core of the Club's founding mission. Current focus areas include facilitating work of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA):
The official launch of the Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel took place on 19 December in Brussels, Belgium, highlighting the need for stability and development initiatives in the region to incorporate mobile and cross-border considerations. Mr Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Ms Guebre Sellassie, UN Special envoy for the Sahel were among the speakers at the event. > press release | > OECDInsights blog post by Laurent Bossard
The 2013-14 West African Futures (WAF) programme focuses on the Sahara-Sahelian areas. The SWAC analysis highlights that mobility and fluidity have characterised the social and economic environment of the Sahara-Sahel over centuries. It also shows how actors, networks and challenges need to be considered from several geographic scales: from local, to cross-border and regional. Three activities are part of the reflection process:
SWAC Strategy and Policy Group meeting, Brussels, 16 December 2014
The NEPAD Agency and SWAC/OECD concluded a Memorandum of Understanding, 22 Oct 2014
SWAC Special Representative Mr. Somda meets with President of Togo,
SEM Gnassingbé: SWAW relocated to Brussels
UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, meets with OECD Secretary-General and SWAC to discuss UN-OECD collaboration in the Sahel.
Building peace in the Sahel, a regional perspective, par Laurent Bossard, ECDPM Great Insights, 4 Dec 2014
Africa No1 Podcast "Le Grand Débat" with Laurent Bossard, 1 Dec 2014
Family farms play a central role in food security, by Sibiri Jean Zoundi
Ending hunger: the West African example (French - RFI)
CILSS Executive Secretary Djimé Adoum, invitee at RFI broadcast "Eco d'Ici, Eco d'ailleurs"