Upcoming events


December Banjul, Gambia

Sahel and West Africa Week, including the 34th RPCA annual meeting

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


27 September Paris SWAC/OECD Webinar Series: Identifying the Factors Driving West African Migration
3-4 July Cotonou, Benin Seminar on Cross-Border Development in the Sahel, organised by UEMOA and the Sahel and West Africa Club

28 June


SWAC webinar "Food Employment in West Africa"

18-19 June


SWAC Strategy and Policy Group (SPG) meeting and Seminar

16-18 April


Restricted meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA)

21 March  

SWAC webinar: Wars and Conflicts in the Sahara-Sahel

9 March Paris

Why women and girls matter in West Africa: A closer look at inequalities and social institutions

21-23 February Niamey Regional consultation on the pastoral situation in the Sahel and West Africa


4-8 December Cotonou

Sahel and West Africa Week 2017

29 November- 4 December Niamey

Conference on "Linking borderlands research and policy in Africa and Europe: Tackling translation challenges"

27 November Abidjan

1st Africa-Europe Local Government Forum organised by UCLG Africa, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) and Platforma

14 November Bonn COP 23: Task Force on the Access of African Cities and Territories to Climate Finance – Roadmap and Call for Action,organised by UCLG Africa and Energies 2050, organised by UCLG Africa and Energies 2050
29 September Paris Symposium on "Economic, Migration and Security Integration in the Sahara-Sahel: Policy Diagnosis and Prospective", Higher Council for Strategic Training and Research (CSFRS). Hosted by the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD)
18-20 September Conakry

Restricted meeting of the Regional System for the Prevention and Management of Food Crises (PREGEC) within the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA)

 30 June  Basel

Presentation of "Cross-border Co-operation and Policy Networks in West Africa" at the 7th European Conference on African Studies: "Urban Africa - Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban", Center for African Studies Basel and Swiss Society for African Studies

16 June Paris

SWAC Strategy and Policy Group (SPG) meeting

8 June Madrid

Presentation on "The Sahel: Challenges and Opportunities" at the International Affairs and Foreign Policy Institute (INCIPE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation (MAEC)

19 May Paris 

Presentation at conference on “Regional integration in West Africa: Border and cross-border challenges” organised by the ASCPE (“Les Entretiens Européens & Eurafricains"). 

16 May Brussels External Cooperation Infopoint presentation on “Food Security: At the Heart of the Solution to Demographic, Migration and Security Challenges”. Organised in collaboration with Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission. Presentation & video.
27 April Madrid International Conference on “Africa in the perspective of the G20", presentation by SWAC Secretariat Director Laurent Bossard
10-12 April Paris Restricted meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), including the Senior Experts' Group meeting of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR)
20 March  Brussels Brussels Briefing 48: Rural – Urban Linkages in Africa + webstream. SWAC presentation on employment opportunities in West African food systems.
24 February  Oslo Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region
23-25 February Gainesville, Florida

2017 Annual Carter Conference in African Studies: "On the Edge: What Future for the African Sahel?", Center for African Studies at the University of Florida



12-16 December  Abuja

Sahel and West Africa Week 2016, including the 32nd annual meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) and a session of the Senior Experts Group of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR)

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