The Week

The Sahel and West Africa Week is a yearly appointment of SWAC Members, its partners and networks. It has become “the place to be” for the region’s development stakeholders for informal exchange, networking and building partnerships.

Past events


29 September  Paris

Africa Forum 2016: "African Cities for Africa’s Development" | ECOWAS Commission President de Souza at the OECD

26-28 July Bamako

Meeting of the governance working group of the West African Division, organised by the Swiss Cooperation Office in Mali (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs - FDFA) on the themes of the governance of extractive resources and local cross-border co-operation

13 June Paris

SWAC Strategy and Policy Group (SPG) meeting

17-20 May Hamburg/

15th Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) Conference, Cities, States and Borders: From the Local to the Global. The SWAC Secretariat participated as a partner in this event.

18-19 May Washington D.C.

Secondary Towns, Jobs and Poverty Reduction: Refocusing the Urbanization Agenda, conference organised by The World Bank Group and Cornell University

13-15 April Paris

Restricted meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), including the Senior Experts' Group meeting of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) 

25 February London The biggest ‘private sector’: What place for the informal economy in green and inclusive growth?, hosted by IIED and co-organised by SWAC, draft agenda and event report

18-20 January Paris OECD Experts Group Meeting on Risk and Resilience
25-28 January Copenhagen Rural-urban connections in sub-Saharan Africa


14-15 December Dakar 31st annual meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA)
2 December Le Bourget-Paris Side-event at COP21 on West Africans institutions' contribution to address climate change
23-25 November Niamey PREGEC technical meeting to analyse the provisional results of the agro-sylvo-pastoral campaign 2015-16
17-19 November Dakar International conference on the 10th anniversary of the ECOWAS Common Agricultural Policy (ECOWAP+10)
26-30 October Milan 2015 Sahel and West Africa Week, within the "Expo Milano 2015"
3-7 October Lomé Experts' meeting in preparation of the international conference on ECOWAP+10
14-19 September Ouagadougou Technical workshops on RPCA-related work: PREGEC, external assessment of the Charter, monitoring system
3 September Issy-Mx-Paris 2nd SWAC Cross-border Co-operation Workshop
11 June Paris SWAC Strategy and Policy Group (SPG) meeting
4 June  Brussels Food security, resilience and structural change in West Africa, discussion lab led by the SWAC Secretariat at European Development Days 2015
15 April  Bamako SWAC President de Donnea at the CILSS summit
2-6 March Lomé Restricted meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) 
February Issy-Mx-Paris

1st SWAC Cross-border Co-operation Workshop



15-19 December  Brussels 2014 Sahel and West Africa Week 
22 October Paris Memorandum of Understanding between the NEPAD Agency and SWAC/OECD
15-17 October  Lomé SWAC Special Representative Mr. Somda met with President of Togo, SEM Gnassingbé
23 July Paris UN Special Envoy for the Sahel Ms. Guebre Sellassie met with OECD Secretary-General
17 June Paris SWAC Strategy and Policy Group Meeting (SPG)
16 June  Paris SWAC/DAC seminar on effective development co-operation in the Sahara-Sahel
14-16 April Paris Restricted meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA)


27-29 May  N'Djaména Regional symposium on pastoral livestock
25-29 November Abidjan 2013 Sahel and West Africa Week
28 November Abidjan 2013 SWAC Forum: future of the Saharo-Sahel areas



12 June  Paris Colloquium on the security-development nexus
4-8 December  Ouagadougou 2012 Sahel and West Africa Week
7 December Ouagadougou 2012 SWAC Forum: settlement, market and food security 



14-15 June  Paris G20 Outreach Session: Agricultural and food price volatility 
5-6 December Praia 2011 SWAC Forum: West Africa and Brazil: addressing renewable energy challenges


7-8 December  Accra 2010 SWAC Forum: Regional solidarity to address food crises 



9 December  Bamako 2009 SWAC Forum: Pressures on West African land