Facing up to reality, preparing for the future
The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC) Secretariat has launched a pilot foresight exercise at a time when the Sahel is facing unprecedented crises. The Sahelian consultations provide a platform for open exchange between those in the region who are reflecting upon the complex equation of development, governance and stability. By involving actors from civil society, academia, professional organisations and think tanks, it is hoped that these consultations will generate new ways of developing and implementing public policy in the Sahel. They aim to bring these alternative processes, articulated by trans-Sahelian voices often outside governmental and international arenas, to the attention of policy makers to help build a realistic future.
The SWAC Secretariat has produced an assessment of the inescapable realities and underlying trends of the Sahel. This analysis, featured in Sahel to come: What today tells us about tomorrow, shapes the ideas debated around governance issues in order to generate responses that are based on current and future facts and constraints.
The Sahelian consultations, organised by the SWAC Secretariat, under the aegis of the Honorary President of the Club and with the guidance of an Advisory Board, are being held throughout 2021. They have received additional financial support from the French Development Agency (AFD).
Sahel to come: What today tells us about tomorrow