SWAC Publication Series


West African Futures

Documents and briefing notes published within the two-year reflection cycle on "Settlement, Markets and Food Security".


West African Challenges

Synthesizing the state of the debate and addressing various development challenges in the region.

West African News

SWAC newsletter, West African Viewpoints; weekly NewsBriefs and the West Africa Observer magazine.

West African Studies

An OECD book series analysing West African development issues from a regional perspective.

Recent Publications

SWAC Colloquium on Security and Development, key lessonsKey lessons from the SWAC Colloquium on the Security-Development Nexus

This paper analyses the links between local insecurities and global threats, the collusion between terrorism and transnational organised crime, the shortcomings of democracy in the region and the role of West African and African institutions. A special section on the crisis in northern Mali features a speech by Mali’s Ambassador to France and an overview of economic and social conditions in northern Mali. The paper makes a strong case for regional responses to West Africa’s security-development challenges and calls for policy actors to seek long-term solutions rather than resorting exclusively to more expedient short-term fixes.