The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) is an international platform for policy dialogue and analysis devoted to regional issues in West Africa. Its mission is to enhance the effectiveness of regional policies and partner support. find out +
The OECD hosted from 18 to 20 January 2016 the 5th experts group meeting on risk and resilience focusing on integrating and operationalising resilience in global frameworks. The SWAC Secretariat presented some lessons learned from the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) – Sahel and West Africa. The SWAC Secretariat is currently participating in the elaboration of a resilience measurement tool that aims to assess the results and impacts of the Alliance. > presentation
The Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) wishes you a Happy New Year. Our Members, partners and friends will soon receive the 2016 SWAC Calendar recalling some of the highlights of 2015, a year very rich in events: Expo Milano, COP21, the International Conference on Mali, the European Development Days (EDD15), statutory meetings of our West African Members, meetings of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) and the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR), to name just a few.
About 200 participants attended the 31st Annual Meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) on 14 and 15 December 2015 in Dakar. The meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of the agro-sylvo-pastoral campaign, analyse the food and nutrition situation and make recommendations to address any crises. The meeting also discussed the main recommendations from the first external evaluation of the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management and took stock of the lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic. > find out + | > article | > WARI magazine
According to WHO Ebola statistics as of 29 December 2015, 28 637 people were infected with the Ebola virus and 11 315 people died from the disease. Only one day after the WHO formally announced the end of the outbreak, a new Ebola case was confirmed in Sierra Leone on 15 January 2016. This illustrates that Ebola can re-emerge at any time and it is crucial to continue building rapid response mechanisms and health infrastructure. > map
West Africa’s regional organisations promoted their vision, actions and contributions to the climate change debate at the COP21 climate summit in Paris. The SWAC Secretariat supported them, particularly in the organisation of a side event. It also prepared a booklet highlighting some key facts about climate, climate change and resilience. Stakeholders of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) made a declaration to outline the Alliance's contribution. > find out +
The International Conference on Agriculture in West Africa gathered a large number of agricultural experts from 17-19 November in Dakar. Ten years after the official launch of the regional agricultural policy (ECOWAP), the ECOWAS Commission and its partners took stock of its achievements and its prospects. At the request of the ECOWAS Commission, the SWAC/OECD Secretariat provided a contribution on the impacts of changes in the agro-food economy. Based on the various contributions, the debates in Dakar will result in an update of the Common Agricultural Policy. > SWAC analysis
The SWAC Secretariat, in collaboration with ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS and with the financial support of the European Commission, produced a film dedicated to the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA). The objective is to raise awareness about the success of the Network, which for 30 years has been engaged in the fight against food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel and West Africa. > blog