- 08 Feb 2020Members:SWAC:Body:The food sector, which comprises agriculture, food processing, food marketing and food-away-from-home, is a key pillar of all ECOWAS economies. In 2020, the sector’s value is estimated at USD 259 billion or 35% of regional GDP. The economic giant Nigeria alone accounts for 72% of the sector’s value. By 2030, the ECOWAS food economy is expected to nearly double to reach USD 473 billion or 33% of regional GDP. This unprecedented expansion occurs in a context of rapid urban development.
- 05 Feb 2020Body:Border urban agglomerations are an important feature of the continent’s urban landscape. More than 42 million people or almost 8% of the total urban population live in these agglomerations. There are some 635 border agglomerations in Africa that are less than 40 km from another agglomeration in a neighbouring country, including 47 twin cities at less than 10 km from one another.
- 06 Dec 2019Topics:Body:Gender gaps in assets, livelihood strategies, and control over income clearly impose costs on households, communities and nations. Explicit attention to gender is thus key to achieving the Malabo goals of shared prosperity and improved livelihoods through inclusive agricultural growth. This is one of the key findings from the 2019 Annual Trends and Outlook Report, prepared by ReSAKKS. The report looks at gender equality in Africa’s rural areas.
- 25 Sep 2019Topics:Body:“What’s the role of international institutions in supporting African smart cities?” SWAC Secretariat Director Laurent Bossard presented the Africapolis database as a concrete example of how international organisations can help promote more understanding about the dynamics that shape Africa’s fast growing cities. He was a keynote speaker at the Afric’Up Startup Africa Summit, which gathered some 3 000 entrepreneurs, investors and innovators from 24-25 September 2019 in Tunis.
- Topics:Body:Official Development Assistance for urban development is mostly channelled to big cities, benefitting some 63 million people or37% of the region’s total urban population of 171 million people. About 45% of urban development projects were implemented in agglomerations with more than 300 000 inhabitants. However, nearly half of West Africa’s urban dwellers live in small and medium-size cities. Considering West Africa’s rapidly growing small and mid-sized cities, development partners need to better target and scale up their support.
- 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:Topics:Body:The theme of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF 2019), which brought together some 2 400 key stakeholders on 3-6 September in Accra, focused on using digital information and tools to support sustainable food systems in Africa. With the facilitation of USAID, the SWAC Secretariat presented the Africapolis database and key findings from its work on urbanisation.
- 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:Opinion: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.
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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.