Security-Development Nexus in the Sahel

The Greater Sahel has major security and environmental implications on the region and entire planet. Using the Sahel as an example critical Human-Earth system, this panel will highlight the need for technologically advanced partnerships and targeted investments that support sustainable, growth-oriented job creation.
To advance the SDGs in the Sahel, we must research and invest in practical sustainable outcomes from within the nexus between agriculture and husbandry, youth unemployment, environmental degradation, security, and cross border trade.
Buffering the vast Saharan Desert and the tropical climate of Sub-Saharan Africa, the Sahel spans a land mass greater than India, with agriculture contributing around one third of the region’s GDP and engaging nearly two thirds of the workforce.

AGENDA Security-Development Nexus in the Sahel

Declan Kirrane, Director ISC Intelligence in Science and Coordinator EU Africa Radio Astronomy Platform
Brian McCollow, Chair, US-Chad Investment Council

Security-Development Nexus in the Sahel

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Oct 02 2020


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


  • Declan Kirrane
    Declan Kirrane
    Director ISC Intelligence in Science and Coordinator EU Africa Radio Astronomy Platform

    Declan Kirrane is Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, a specialized science, technology and R&D public affairs firm based in Brussels, Belgium. ISC develops and implements Strategic Research Agendas for science and technology-based organisations in the EU and US.
    His practice areas cover IP, R&D consortia development, management and dissemination and is responsible for themes of ICT, health, security, defence, space and related policies, legislation, programmes and funding mechanisms. Declan Kirrane has a background in analysing the relationship between public and private R&D funding and the impact on R&D performance: he has worked extensively on science and technology policy evaluation methodologies and technology options for policy- and decision-makers. The EU’s Digital Agenda, emerging European space, security and defence policies are part of his remit.

  • Djimé Adoum
    Djimé Adoum
    Former Executive Secretary of CLISS and former Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation of Chad

    Djimé Adoum is Executive Secretary of the Permanent Interstates Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and former Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation of Chad. He has 25 years of professional experience in international development, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. As an agronomist, Mr. Adoum has occupied various positions in the field of research, agricultural extension, communication and strategy in the design of development programs in several countries, from South Africa to Egypt through Senegal, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cameroon, USA and Chad. He worked for international organizations such as the World Bank, USAID, for research institutes and in the implementation of development strategies. Before his tenure as minister, he served as a technical advisor to President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad. After a graduate degree in Agronomy, specifically in crop production and statistics, Djimé Adoum obtained a PhD in agronomy and agricultural extension at the University of Maryland, US.