On 2018, FERDI created a chair dedicated to the Sahel based in Ouagadougou.
This Chair is original because its initiatives and management are Sahelian.
The Sahel Chair was created after the publication of FERDI's book "Linking Security and Development – A Plea for the Sahel" and the numerous comments it sparked.
The Sahel Chair aims to enlighten the decisions of public and private actors in their action to overcome the Sahel crisis and to promote sustainable development in the region. Its work examines the implementation of the various plans and policies and their effects, with the objective of increasing their impact on populations and on targeted sectors of activity (education, rural development, health, governance/institutions). It strives to work closely with African administrations and their development partners.
Tertius Zongo, former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso and Senior Fellow of FERDI, is the Director of the Chair in Ouagadougou. He leads the team of African experts mobilized for this purpose.
The aim of the Sahel Chair is to involve and build partnerships with scientific institutions and policy-makers.
It is based on international research and Sahelian policy analysis and aims to strengthen them. It conducts its work within a regional framework. It seeks to adapt analytical methods to the context of the fragility of the area.
Scientific partners: Universities and research centers in the Sahel region, France, and other countries with which FERDI already collaborates, and research organizations mainly in West Africa.
Development and security partners: Primarily G5Sahel countries, African governments and regional institutions covering the Sahel region, but also private actors (companies and NGOs).
Multilateral institution partners: Significant players in the Sahel, either as donors or in other ways.
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