- Members:RPCA:Body:West African decision makers will have a powerful new tool in devising new policies and evaluate existing initiatives for resilience building. CILSS has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for a technical Platform for the analysis and measurement of resilience of populations in the Sahel and West Africa (PTMR-SAO). The aim of the platform is to produce harmonised and consensual information and analysis of resilience at the national and regional levels.
- 04 May 2016Body:West African ministers came together to outline a course of action to accelerate progress on the Great Green Wall. The First Conference of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative was held from 2-7 May in Dakar, bringing together ministers from countries north and south of the Sahara as well as their development partners. Organised by the African Union, the high-level conference follows on the COP21 climate change conference, during which the international community pledged an additional USD 4 billion in support for the Great Green Wall over the next 5 years.
- 14 Apr 2016Body:On the sidelines of the Restricted Meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mr Douglas Frantz invited on 14 April 2016 a high-level delegation of West African leaders for a brief exchange on co-operation between Africa and the OECD. The delegation was composed of six West African ministers as well as regional leaders from ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS and representatives of West African agricultural producers’ organisations.
- Country:Topics:Body:The first round of the presidential election in Chad was held on Sunday, 10 April. Some 6.3 million voters were called to vote in the 18 000 polling stations across the territory, and for the first time, a biometric system was put in place for the identification of voters. Incumbent President Idriss Deby, candidate of the Patriotic Salvation Movement who has completed four consecutive terms since 1990, could be re-elected for a fifth term in the first round.
- Topics:Body:Amnesty International has released its Death Sentences and Executions report for 2015. The review of the situation in West Africa reveals notable differences in how countries in the region view the use of the death penalty both in law and in practice.
- 19 Mar 2016Opinion:Body:This Diploweb dossier dedicated to the regionalisation of the Islamic sect was prepared on the occasion of the 8th edition of the Grenoble Festival of Geopolitics: African Dynamics. According to the author, many analysts exaggerate the political influence of Boko Haram, which remains “relatively poor in resources”. Its military success can be mostly explained by the failure of the Nigerian government. The dossier provides an overview of facts and figures as well as a timeline of key events.
- 13 Mar 2016Body:On 11 and 12 March in Bamako, member states of the G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) jointly organised with UNDP and Japan, and in partnership with the government of Mali, an international conference on border management and border communities in the Sahel.
Seven West African countries rank among the top 20 countries in the world with the highest rate of child marriage [Niger (1), Chad (3), Mali (5), Guinea (6), Burkina Faso (8), Sierra Leone (13) and Nigeria (14)]. In Niger, three out of four girls marry before their 18th birthday, contributing to the highest fertility rate in the world of more than six children per woman. Nigeria and Niger are among the top 20 countries with the highest absolute number of child marriages, with 1.193 million and 244 000 married girls, respectively.
- 31 Jan 2016Body:Chad and Sierra Leone are among the eight countries with food insecurity levels categorised as "alarming" in the 2015 Global Hunger Index (GHI) from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The scores of Niger (34.5) and Nigeria (32.8) are both very close to the “alarming level” of food insecurity which is particularly worrying for Africa’s most populous country. Most other West African countries registered scores showing food insecurity in the "serious" range.
- Topics:Members:Body:The Swiss Development Co-operation places a strong focus on regional integration dynamics and challenges. Working together with professional organisations and think-tanks, the West Africa Division covers five priority countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad) and three thematic areas (basic education, vocational education and training; rural development and food security; and local governance and decentralisation). Switzerland is a founding member of the Sahel and West Africa Club.