Drawing on a long experience with networking and policy dialogue, our work focuses on West Africa’s “Zero Hunger” goal. Our Secretariat co-manages, together with CILSS, the Food Crisis Prevention and Network (RPCA) which is a space to facilitate consensus-building and co-ordination. Created in 1984, the RPCA is placed under the political leadership of ECOWAS and UEMOA.

The West African Futures (WAF) two-year thematic cycle promotes innovative approaches  for policies and international co-operation strategies. The WAF programme’s independent and factual analysis aims to enrich the debate and better inform decision-makers about future challenges. It includes publications, network-building and policy dialogue. 


Strengthening the RPCA

We strengthen the RPCA’s impact on regional decision-making bodies and increase its international visibility. Particularly, we co-ordinate external assessment of the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management; we facilitate the establishment of a permanent monitoring and evaluation system of preventive actions and crisis response; and we participate in the Task Force of the Regional Food Reserve.

2015-16: Cross-border co-operation

This WAF cycle analyses major challenges and opportunities of cross-border co-operation in West Africa using a relational approach based on cartography and policy network analysis. Three key questions will be addressed: 1) What is the relevant scale of activity for cross-border co-operation?; 2) How do social actors engaged in co-operation schemes work across national borders?; and 3) How can a network approach applied to cross-border co-operation help decision-making?


Supporting AGIR - Resilience

We facilitate dialogue and advocacy for the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) - Sahel and West Africa and help implement its Regional Roadmap. We notably support the process of formulating national resilience priorities and facilitate a consensual approach for resilience impact assessment.

2013-14: Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel

The Atlas addresses the security challenges in the Sahara-Sahel areas through the mobility characteristic of its territories, populations and the socio-economic networks that connect them. It offers an integrated and regional analysis of these areas shared by eight countries (Algeria, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia). Its analysis contributes to policy dialogue on the strategies for the Sahel. Three activities were part of the cycle: > Atlas | > Forum | > Pastoral livestock



Promoting innovative approaches and tools

We conduct analysis on the regional markets and deliver policy briefs to help develop and refine food and nutrition policies and tools. How to adapt to and benefit from the dramatic changes that the region is undergoing? How to design policies that encourage and support positive transformations, particularly in the context of changing demographics and evolving markets?

 

2011-12: Settlement, market and food security

The study highlights the main features of settlement (from 1950 to 2050), agriculture and food security. It provides an analytical framework and tools with which policies can be refined to better anticipate the coming changes. A Statistical Mapping and Regional Analysis Tool (SMART) allows users to generate customised maps and charts using population indicators for all West African countries and for the region. Updated settlement data is available within Africapolis 2014.


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The 2015–16 Programme of Work is predicated on two areas of work:

Regional governance of food & nutrition security (FNS), a permanent networking effort.

West African Futures (WAF), a two-year thematic cycle promoting innovative approaches.

Both areas of work are supported by a cross-cutting function dedicated to advocacy and communication.

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