- 08 Nov 2019Topics:Members:Body:The UEMOA Commission and the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) signed, on 8 November 2019 in Abidjan, a new co-operation agreement worth nearly EUR 1 million to complete phase 1 of the programme for local cross-border co-operation (PCTL). In addition, UEMOA Commission President Abdallah Boureima signed a new co-operation agreement with the R20 Green Fund for Women to better integrate the climate aspect within projects conducted by local actors.
- Body:Special envoys for the Sahel and their partners met on 17-18 October 2019 at the Casa África in Las Palmas, Spain. Traditionally an informal meeting bringing together representatives from various partner countries and regional/international organisations, the event opened up to researchers and Sahel experts. They shared their analysis and insights on three major topics: security and stability, economic development and women’s contributions to peace and stability.
- 17 Sep 2019Country:Body:The annual gathering of the African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE) was held from 16-17 September in Lomé, Togo. Some 40 cross-border practitioners and experts analysed dynamics of border cities to shed more light on how the border setting shapes urban forms, livelihoods and aesthetics. The SWAC Secretariat presented key findings from Africapolis, a geospatial database on cities and urbanisation dynamics in Africa, and presented its analytical work on border cities.
- Country:Body:ECOWAS leaders gathered on 14 September in Ouagadougou at an extra-ordinary session on terrorism. While calling upon the UN Security Council to resolve the Libyan crisis, ECOWAS leaders adopted a priority action plan for 2020-24 focusing on eight areas. In a bid to leverage member countries’ contributions and strengthen ECOWAS leadership, the authority pledged USD 1 billion for the community’s counter-terrorism efforts.
- 12 Sep 2019Country:Body:CILSS and its partners organised the first regional conference on the fall armyworm, which was held on 10-12 September 2019 in Ouagadougou. Hosted by Burkina Faso’s President Christian Roch Kaboré with the participation of Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, the conference was an important step forward in the development of a co-ordinated regional response to combat this trans-boundary crop pest.
- Topics:Body:Gender profoundly affects livelihood prospects and generates many inequalities that limit West African women’s participation in the food system. Drawing on work conducted by the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD), this article, published by Olivier Walther, Michel Tenikue and Marie Trémolières in the World Development magazine, measures the effects of income and gender on informal social networks in the rice value chain. The analysis shows that monthly profit of entrepreneurs is determined by their structural position within the rice value chain.
- 09 Aug 2019Body:Nigeria accounts for 80% of the health infrastructure in West Africa. There are some 830 health establishments located less than 20 km from a land border, leading to the development of cross-border health care. The gaps in the medical infrastructure are particularly visible along the Niger-Nigeria border (Katsina Maradi or Birnin Kebbi‑Dosso). Closer collaboration between border cities could facilitate the development of cross-border health facilities and better meet needs of the region as a whole.
- 30 Jul 2019Body:
This practical guide, produced by the SWAC Secretariat, offers many insights on the legislative and financial levers for developing cross-border initiatives on resilience to climate change.
- Country:Body:African leaders launched the operational phase of the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) at the 12th Extraordinary African Union Summit on 7 July in Niamey, Niger. The 54-nation trade bloc is set to become the biggest integrated market worldwide, uniting some 2.5 billion people by 2050. The African Union’s goal is to make the free-trade area instruments operational by July 2020. To date, 27 countries have ratified the AfCFTA instruments. What's in it for West Africa?
- Opinion:Body:This op-ed by Archie Matheson, published on the African Arguments blog, suggests that the intra-African trade benefits of the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will take time and might be much less significant than thought. “Therefore, it is imperative that the project does not detract energy and resources from initiatives that are having more immediate impacts on intra-African trade and economic growth,” the author concludes.