Sahel Chair

Analyzing and strengthening the impact of policies in the Sahel

In 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, intending to increase their impact on populations and 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 Sahel Chair aims 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.


  • Analyzing financial flows for development in the Sahel and their impact on public funding in Sahelian countries: Identification of donor financial flows, analysis of public finances in Sahelian countries, and in particular the impact of aid on the structure of expenditure.
  • Learning from the successes and failures of development actions: Analyzing the effectiveness of the various programs and projects implemented in the Sahel.
  • Developing methods for rapid evaluation of projects and programs: Exploring opportunities to improve current measurement techniques and evaluation criteria.
  • Training courses for public and private Sahelian actors, international cooperation agents, and African researchers.  

The Sahel Chair will disseminate the outputs of its work through: 

  • The organization of seminars 
  • The publication of reports and books.


Chaire Sahel
01 BP 3798
Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso
tél. : +226 5475 4488
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With the support of

  • Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères
  • Secrétariat permanent du G5 Sahel
  • Principauté de Monaco
  • Agence française de développement (AFD)

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