Beitrag zum Sahel und West Africa Club – Arbeitsprogramm 2019 – 2020

Contract partner: OECD / SWAC - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development / Sahel and West Africa ClubCountry: Subsahara-Afrika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 400.000,00Project start: 01.01.2019End: 31.12.2020

Short Description:

Overall goal

The objective of the Sahel West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC) is to strengthen regional and international strategy coordination mechanisms and to help to adapt policy visions and tools to the changing circumstances in West Africa. Main objectives of the SWAC programme of work 2019-2020 are the strengthening of the regional governance of food and nutrition security in West Africa with a special focus on cities and borders and the effectiveness of cross-border cooperation.

Expected results

Improvement in policy makers' and key stakeholders' understanding of food and nutritional security issues in the region, enabling a better functioning of the food economy. More effective regional policies and better co-ordination of policies at a regional level. Improved living conditions of the populations in the shared, interdependent area formed by the 17 countries of the ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS. Continued participation by SWAC Members in consultations to improve information-sharing among key stakeholders and promote concerted and consistent actions.

Provision of data, analyses and approaches to facilitate the creation of territorial-based policies and programmes. Increased analyses on African cities and urbanisation dynamics. Improved evidence-base on cities and urbanisation dynamics and their impact on economies and societies to inform policy and strategy formulation processes. Support for taking into account structural transformations associated with cities, settlement and mobility in development agendas and public policies.

An annual report published in the OECD West African Studies series that will update, map and analyse recent and/or resurgent factors of violence in West Africa, their characteristics and evolution.

Co-ordination of the Sahel and West Africa Week, and promotion of leading work and regional actions using the SWAC website, social media, News Briefs and Maps and Facts.

One policy report on youth employment trends, local economy interactions and implications for policy and programme design. Up to three key facts and policy sheets, visualisations of the main trends, challenges and opportunities (maps, graphs, key data) and policy implications. One international policy dialogue event to present findings, report and discuss the policy implications of the programme with SWAC Members and representatives from governments, local stakeholders and international partners.

Target group / Beneficiaries

600 participants to the bi-annual meetings, 6000 recipients of corporate communications relative to this project (almost 100 000 interactions as a result), 2 000 Twitter followers.

4000 recipients of corporate communications relative to this project, 7000 unique users of the Africapolis website, 100 attendees of the SWAC Week thematic sessions.

1000 recipients of the 2019 Cross-Border publication, 4000 recipients of corporate communications relative to this Project.

400 attendees of the Sahel and West Africa Week, 3000 visitors to the SWAC website.

4000 recipients of corporate communications relative to this project. 100 attendees to the proposed conference.


Bi-annual meetings, policy briefs, studies and the construction of appropriate frameworks for consulting with civil society organisations. Implementation of a monitoring and evaluation mechanism for the implementation, a forum for both national and regional policy dialogue and the writing of specific studies and policy briefs.


Regional governance of food and nutrition security has been strengthened in recent years. Regional food crisis prevention and forecasting instruments as well as the solidarity promoted by the Food Crisis Prevention Network are now a reality. The Cadre harmonisé 4 (CH – Harmonised Framework) was rolled out for the first time in all 17 countries for the 2015-2016 campaign and the

Regional Food Security Reserve project is in the start-up phase. Moreover, the region now has new support instruments for food and nutrition security including the 5th band (35%) of the Common External Tariff to protect strategic food production and the Alliance for a climate-smart agricultural framework in 2015.

However, food and nutrition is still a major concern in the Sahel and West Africa. Regardless of the status of the agro-pastoral campaign, each year three to four million people – mostly women and children – require food and nutrition assistance.


project number1749-00/2019
source of fundingOEZA
sector Staatsführung & Zivilgesellschaft, allgemein
modalityContributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Environment: 1, Desertification: 1, Democracy: 2
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.