Sahel Chair

The Sahel chair aims to inform the decisions of public and private actors in their action to end the crisis and for the sustainable development of the region.

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.

Its work examines the implementation of different development plans and policies and their effects, with the aim of strengthening their impact on populations and in target 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, is its director and works in coordination with the focal points who are economists from different Sahelian countries.


↪ 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 development policies, 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 and the publication of reports and books.

Achievements 2023-2024

The action of the Sahel chair was strongly impacted by local and regional insecurity, however it was able to progress in the implementation of part of its work program:

↪ Implementation of a harmonized collection platform for incoming financial flow data in the Sahel – project initiated at the request of the administrations of the Sahelian countries.

↪ Publication of two studies aimed at analyzing certain aspects of the crisis in which the sub-region now finds itself (see the publications below).


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).

Bilateral and multilateral institution partners: Significant players in the Sahel, either as donors or in other ways.

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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