SWAC Strategy and Policy Group, Paris, 11 June 2015
The SWAC Strategy and Policy Group (SPG) had the honour to welcome UEMOA Commission President Cheikhe Hadjibou Soumaré among its participants. In his statement, he congratulated fellow Members on the excellent quality of collaboration and acknowledged the SWAC Secretariat’s role in raising the visibility of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) and the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR), as well as the usefulness of SWAC’s perspective studies.
Following a presentation of the SWAC Secretariat’s intermediary activity report, the SPG reflected on current and possible new services the Secretariat intends to offer to Members.
- Support to analysis and policy/strategy formulation;
- Facilitation of dialogue and networking;
- Support to information-sharing and visibility; and
- Access to OECD networks and data, in particular to the OECD iLibrary.
In a side-event, Mr Damien Helly presented a compared analysis of current Sahel strategies based on work conducted by the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), which contributed to raise the debate on the persisting security-development challenges of the region.
The SPG meeting also provided an opportunity to present SWAC’s participation in Expo Milano 2015. The next Strategy and Policy Group meeting is scheduled to take place at the Expo on 28 October.