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‌Austria’s regional strategy for West Africa: Key priorities and challenges


Interview with Mr Stefan Scholz, Head of Department, Programming & Planning of Development Co-operation, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA), 11 June 2015

“Our key priorities in West Africa are renewable energy, resilience and food security as well as conflict prevention and peacekeeping. […] We are currently developing a regional strategy for West Africa, which is motivated by a desire to ensure programmatic coherence of all Austrian ODA actors in a “whole-of-government approach”. One of the most essential transformational shifts for Austrian develop­ment co-operation is definitely the commitment to “leave no one behind” and consequently the challenge of inclusion, which has always received a great deal of attention from the Austrian public”. 

Strategy and policy Group (SPG)


The Strategy and Policy Group (SPG) brings together Members twice a year to define the SWAC’s work priorities and approve the programme of work and budget, as well as activity and financial reports. Members also ensure the smooth functioning of SWAC through their financial contributions and designate the SWAC President. The position is currently held by François-Xavier de Donnea, Belgian Minister of State. T. Jean de Dieu Somda, former ECOWAS Commission Vice President, is the Special Representative of the President responsible for promoting SWAC on the international scene. The SWAC Secretariat is in charge of implementing the work programme. It is placed under the management structure of the OECD Global Relations Directorate. > SPG meeting, 11 June 2015

Adherence

Eligible for membership are:

  • West African regional organisations
  • West African countries (ECOWAS members, Chad and Mauritania)
  • Development partner countries
  • International organisations

Members contribute with an agreed minimum financial contribution to the implementation of the Club's programme of work and participe in the SPG meetings.

> Mandate | Memorandum of Understanding with the OECD.

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European Union: European External Action ServiceEuropean Commission 

The European Union is an important partner of SWAC and contributes to the financing of its programme of work, in particular activities linked to the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR).
 

Austria: Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs - Austrian Development Cooperation 

BelgiumMinistry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation

‌‌new cilss logo CILSS: Executive Secretariat of the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel

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ECOWASCommission of the Economic Community of West African States


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France: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

LuxembourgMinistry of Foreign Affairs

Netherlands (the): Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINBUZA)

Switzerland: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Development and Cooperation Directorate 

UEMOACommission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union

United States: U.S. Agency for International Development

The following observers are closely associated with the Club’s work:

  AU: African Union - NEPAD, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

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Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development


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ROPPA: Network of Farmers' Organisations and Agricultural Producers of West Africa

 


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Visiting address : SWAC/OECD - Le Seine Saint-Germain, 12 bd des Iles, Building B, 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France - contact: swac.contact@oecd.org 

 

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