Launch of the "Chair Sahel"

January 12, 2018, Ouagadougou

First agreement signed in Burkina Faso between the Cooperation of Monaco and FERDI.

First agreement between the Cooperation of Monaco and FERDI.

On 12 January 2018, the first partnership agreement for the Sahel Chair between the Monaco Department of international cooperation and Ferdi was signed in Ouagadougou at a ceremony attented by the Prince Albert II and the President of Burkina Faso. (link to event page)

Gilles Tonelli, Government Counsellor, Minister for External Relations of Monaco and Patrick Guillaumont, President of FERDI, signed the agreement in the presence of His Serene Highness Sovereign Prince Albert II and Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of the Republic of Burkina Faso, Paul Kaba Thieba, Prime Minister, and several other members of the Burkinabe government.

Tertius Zongo, former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso and senior fellow of Ferdi, will be the African lead of the Chair Sahel. For this signature, he is present alongside Patrick Guillaumont with Sibry J. M. Tapsoba, Director of the Transition Support Department of the African Development Bank.

With this event attended by many more personalities, the Sahel Chair project is a testimony of the catalytic role of the Monaco Department of international cooperation.

A Ferdi Chair, in Africa

The “Chair Sahel" proposes to open a research space to examine from different angles, the policies, plans and projects implemented, the modes of action, the evaluation methods, as well as observed or expected impacts on the population in the Sahel and in various sectors.

The objective is to inform the decisions of public and private actors in their action to overcome the crisis and promote sustainable development in the Sahel region. The aim is to increase impacts on populations and in targeted sectors of activity (education, rural development, health, governance/institutions).

Due to the importance and complexity of the issues, in order to facilitate understanding of the processes under way and the African appropriation of its work, FERDI decided to anchor the Chair locally in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

The creation of a "Sahel Chair" within FERDI is part of its general policy of setting up Chairs aimed at strengthening its major programs of reflection on development policies and enhancing their value.