For the past seven years, since 2013, the French army has been engaged in a long-running conflict against jihadist groups operating in the Sahel. The French public is largely oblivious to this war. What effects has the crisis had on this region located on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea? What are the structural causes? What role does climate change play in this country? And how are young people coping with this conflict on the ground? These are just a few of the issues that have been covered by ID4D over the past few months, available this week.

From beneficiaries to co-operants: overcoming conflicts of perception in the Sahel Opinion
From beneficiaries to co-operants: overcoming conflicts of perception in the Sahel

Why try to reinvent the wheel in conflict zones, taking the viewpoint that these areas are frozen in time, when these communities can innovate and find solutions for themselves? Researcher Bakary Sambé (Timbuktu Institute) discusses this issue.

The ICRC in Mali: going beyond humanitarian aid, to development? Opinion
The ICRC in Mali: going beyond humanitarian aid, to development?

Jean-Nicolas Marti is now serving his second field position in Mali for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Here he talks about the ICRC’s operational doctrine in areas of armed conflict and mentions its development actions, a turning point for this institution.

Solving the water-land-people equation in the Sahel Opinion
Solving the water-land-people equation in the Sahel

Conflict analysis in the Sahel must begin with a simple water-land-people calculation, for geographer Christian Bouquet. More and more people are living with less and less water on shrinking areas of arable land.

Interactive radio, a modern-day agora in the Sahel Opinion
Interactive radio, a modern-day agora in the Sahel

Raising awareness, citizen mobilization, democratic debate… For Charlemagne Abissi, radio plays a key role in maintaining peace and promoting endogenous development in the Sahel, especially among the youth of Burkina Faso.

Pastoralism: a crucial factor of stability in the Sahel Opinion
Pastoralism: a crucial factor of stability in the Sahel

The dynamics of livestock markets in West Africa are still poorly understood and rarely studied. Yet, pastoralism is crucial for resilience and economic stability in the Sahel region, as climate specialist Lucie Royer and economist Stéphanie Brunelin explain here.

From July 20 to 14 August 2020, ID4D is taking a break. This provides an opportunity to look back at some of the common themes covered in our publications since last summer. Women’s rights, the Covid-19 outbreak, the current situation in the Sahel, the “world of tomorrow” and much more … Happy reading, and have a great summer!

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