Workshop: Ensure accountability for actions undertaken in the Sahel

January 13, 2020, Paris

Workshop organized by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (Fragility unit of the Democratic goverance mission) and FERDI (Sahel Chair).

The monitoring of official development assistance flows, and more generally of development efforts, is still poorly understood. Yet it is essential for the accountability of technical and financial partners and for the efficiency and effectiveness of the management of these flows by recipient countries. Good monitoring of these flows corresponds to the partners' objective of adapting their strategy to that of the recipient countries.

The workshop addressed the crucial question of the accountability of partners, in particular the monitoring of financial flows in the Sahel: do we know them? How to coordinate them and ensure that they are properly accounted for? How can we move towards a harmonized collection system to ensure accountability and increase efficiency? 


10h00 –Welcoming of the participants 

Session1: Initiative and accountability instruments in the Sahel
  • Donatienne Hissard, Deputy Director of Sustainable Development, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs  
  • Tertius Zongo, Sahel Chair Director, former Prime Minister of Burkina Faso 
  • Mikaïlou Sidibe, Infrastructures Expert for the G5 Sahel Permanent Secretariat 
  • Jean-Marc Gravellini, Head of the Secretariat for the Sahel Alliance Coordination Unit (UCA) 
  • Moderator : Patrick Guillaumont, President of the Ferdi
Session 2: An accountability experiment: Estimating Financing Flows in the Sahel

The work of the Sahel Chair on development aid flows has analysed the quality of national aid monitoring systems based, in part, on a comparison of national data with OECD/DAC data. The study shows that while all the G5 Sahel countries have set up mechanisms for monitoring external financing, these have shortcomings in terms of the quality or non-existence of certain data.

The understanding of these gaps, never really analysed until now, although well known to the different actors in the field, is essential. They reflect the lack of a global vision of aid for both recipient countries and donors and a different perception of its role. How can aid effectiveness be sought without having a fair and consensual measure of it?

The session will be introduced by a presentation of the Sahel Chair's review of the reliability of available data on aid flows to the Sahel. It will provide an opportunity to discuss the actions taken and to be taken to improve the collection and monitoring of flows in this region.

Participants :

  • Delphine Barret - Presentation of the report « Enseignements tirés de la collecte et de l’analyse des données sur l’aide produites par les autorités nationales »

Originality et difficulty of the method choosen, lessons from the exercice:

  • Larba Issa Kobyagda, Lecturer-Researcher, Director General of Economy and Planning of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Development of Burkina Faso, Focal Point for the Sahel Chair 
  • Jareth Beain, Director of CROSET, Coordinator of the Unit for Monitoring and Evaluation of National Projects and Programmes, Ministry of Economy and Development Planning of Chad, Sahel Chair Focal Point. 

View point on how to improve the collect and monitoring data flows in the Sahel

  • Alban Ahouré, University FHB of Cocody-Abidjan, Director of the Economic Policy Analysis Unit of the Ivorian Centre for Economic and Social Research. 
  • Kouame Traoré Salimata, Lecturer-Researcher at Ouaga 2University 
  • Aussama Bejraoui et/ou Valérie Gaveau, Developpement Finance Analysts (OECD, Development Co-operation Directorate) 


  • Moderator : Sophie Maysonnave, Deputy Assistant Director for Development, Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs  
Round table - Next Step: Evaluation in Fragile areas

The idea that strengthening and promoting the accountability of actors in the Sahel is essential to the effectiveness of their actions is widely accepted. How then can public actors be held accountable for their actions in the Sahel in areas of high insecurity?

This final round table will discuss the challenges of conducting project evaluations in conflict areas and how to adapt accountability exercises to these particular contexts.  

  • Jean-Louis Arcand, Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and Ferdi’s Senior Fellow
  • François Grünewald, Director General of the URD
  • Serge Michailof, Researcher at the IRIS and Ferdi’s Senior Fellow
  • Youssoufou Hamadou Daouda : Vice-Rector of Tahoua University (Niger), Dean of the Law, Economy and Management Faculty, Director of the Laboratory for Research and Analysis on Economic and Social Development (LARADES), Sahel Chair’s Focal Point 
  • Rachel Scott, Team Manager - Crises and fragility, Development Co-operation Directorate (OECD) 
  • Sahel and West Africa Club (tbc)
  • Moderator : DPO/EVA