- 30 Aug 2019Topics:Body:More than 4 000 water experts from across the globe gathered from 25-30 August at the World Water Week in Stockholm. The annual appointment on global water issues focused this year on the theme, “Water for Society: Including All.” A third of participants were under the age of 35 giving a strong voice to the young generation. The final communiqué called upon governments, institutions and companies to start applying the water-based solutions that already exist – and include everyone in the process.
- Topics:Body:The food economy has particularly strong potential to accelerate job creation, and should therefore attract greater policy attention. In order to unleash this potential, the food sector needs appropriate strategies, investments and policies. “This involves endorsing three key principles: 1) Moving beyond agriculture and rural areas; 2) Taking spatial factors into account; and 3) Dealing with informality, aiming for inclusiveness,” explain Léopold Ghins and Koffi Zougbédé from the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) in an article published on the OECD Development Matters blog.
- 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.
- 20 Jul 2019Topics:Body:Where do rural youth live and how do they engage with the economy? How can young rural women be empowered? How can rural youth prosper in changing agrifood systems? What makes climate change a youth issue? The IFAD Rural Development Report 2019 analyses key challenges of the rural transformation process and opportunities available to rural youth while encouraging thinking differently about investing in rural youth.
- 31 Jan 2019Body:The What a Waste 2.0 report provides a global snapshot of the current situation and future trends in solid waste management. By 2050, the world is expected to generate 3.4 billion tons of waste annually, up from the current level of 2 billion tons. Sub-Saharan Africa currently accounts for 9% of global waste (174 million tons) production, but its share is set to increase more rapidly than any other region given the high rate of urbanisation and population growth.
- Country:Body:West Africa is undergoing a nutritional transition which has been triggered by a rapidly urbanising population with changing dietary habits and decreasing levels of physical activity. While the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has rapidly grown in all countries, there are significant differences between rural and urban areas.
- 29 Jun 2018Topics:Body:The Sahel and West Africa Club’s governing board, also called the Strategy and Policy Group (SPG), convened on 18-19 June 2018 for an important discussion of SWAC’s future work priorities. SWAC Members appointed Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, current Chief Executive Officer of NEPAD, as SWAC President. He will assume this function as of 1 January 2019.
- 30 Apr 2018Body:The level of rural employment diversification varies strongly within each country, which highlights the importance of territorial dimensions, in particular rural-urban linkages. The proximity to markets matters for the development of diversified rural economies.
- 02 Jan 2018Body:In this blog post published by IRIN, editor Obi Anyadike draws attention to the many challenges faced by African cities. three key findings: 1) African cities are crowded, “but not economically dense.” 2) African cities are disconnected. 3) African cities are costly, both for residents and businesses. The rapid urban growth is outpacing policy reforms. It is time for urgent reforms in African cities.
- Topics:Body:Laurent Bossard, Director of the SWAC Secretariat, and the economist Jean-Marie Cour were invited to the programme “Eco d’ici Eco d’ailleurs” on RFI, a French public radio channel, where they discussed the issue of rural migration in Africa. They lamented the often-false perception of this phenomenon, which shows how difficult it is for observers and development actors to change the paradigm when it comes to how the continent’s transformations are analysed.