Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC)

Club de Sahel et de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CSAO)

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1975-12-23 Nouakchott Mauritania


23 Dec 1975, Nouakchott (Mauritania), as Amis du Sahel, on the initiative of C-XC3023 - OECD member countries and with the approval of Sahelian countries grouped within D-XD4566 - Comité permanent inter-Etats de lutte contre la sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS). Inaugural Ministerial Session held Mar 1976, Dakar (Senegal). A semi-autonomous body of the OECD. Present name adopted, Apr 2001, when geographical coverage was expanded to 18 countries. Previously also referred to as Club du Sahel.


Act as a bridge between West African actors and OECD member countries; together with regional institutions, governments, business and civil society organizations, promote the regional dimension of development and support formulation and implementation of joint of intergovernmental policies so as to contribute to mobilizing and strengthening West African capacities.


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Strategy and Policy Group (SPG - meets twice a year), consisting of representatives of funding countries/organizations and West-African partners, and headed by a President. Secretariat based at OECD in Paris (France).


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GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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