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Introduction to the work of the Sahel and West Africa Club


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Presentation made by Nadia Hamel and Ousman Tall, SWAC/OECD Secretariat at the offices of the Department for International Development (DFID) in London on 6 July 2017.

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Introduction to the work of the Sahel and West Africa Club

  1. 1. SAHEL AND WEST AFRICA CLUB (SWAC) Introduction to the work of the SWAC Department for International Development (DFID) London, 6 July 2017
  2. 2. Who we are: origins & evolution • The Club du Sahel was created in 1976 to mobilise international support & awareness in response to the devastating 1973 drought in the Sahel. • For the first 25 years, the Club du Sahel’s key mission:  provide support to the Permanent Inter-State Committee of Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)  mobilise financial support from the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) countries • We are the oldest initiative of solidarity & partnership between Africa & OECD. 1976
  3. 3. Who we are: origins & evolution • After another devastating drought in 1984, the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA – French acronym) was created at the initiative of the CILSS & Club du Sahel:  Massive amounts of uncoordinated assistance in forms of food & aid flowing into the Sahel region & many uncoordinated international initiatives devoted to food crisis.  Wake-up call: RPCA was created to bring together humanitarian stakeholders & partners to analyse the food & nutrition situation in the Sahel region in a coordinated manner.
  4. 4. Who we are: origins & evolution • In 2001, our geographic focus was extended to encompass all West African countries • Interdependencies between Sahel & coastal countries Hence, renamed the: Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC)
  5. 5. Who we are: Members, partners & observers Members & partners: • Austria • Belgium • Canada • CILSS • ECOWAS • European Union • France • Luxembourg • Netherlands (the) • Switzerland • UEMOA • United States Observers: • Network of Farmers’ Organisations and Agricultural Producers of West Africa • World Bank • New Partnership for Africa’s Development – African Union
  6. 6. Who we are: mission & objectives Mission: Enhance the effectiveness of regional policies & promote West African initiatives & positions in global debates Objectives: 1. Strengthen regional co-ordination mechanisms 2. Help inform & adapt policies & tools to the extremely rapid changes & transformations happening in the region
  7. 7. Co-ordination Adapt policies & tools Glance at our work Gender Urbanisation Food economy Borders Security Food & nutrition security Resilience
  8. 8. RPCA: co-ordination • International network for consensual analysis, co-operation & co-ordination • Political leadership of ECOWAS & UEMOA; co-animated by the CILSS & SWAC Secretariat • All stakeholders in the field of food security, nutrition & resilience participate Cadre Harmonisé
  9. 9. “Structurally reduce, in a sustainable manner, food & nutrition vulnerability by supporting the implementation of Sahelian & West African policies.” Overall objective Improve social protection for the most vulnerable households and communities Strengthen the nutrition of vulnerable households Sustainably improve agricultural & food production, the incomes of vulnerable house-holds & their access to food Strengthen governance in food & nutrition security Pillar 1 Pillar 2 Pillar 3 Pillar 4 Global Alliance for Resilience
  10. 10. Global Alliance for Resilience
  11. 11. Stay in touch