Security-Development Nexus in the Sahel
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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
Declan Kirrane Director ISC Intelligence in Science and Coordinator EU Africa Radio Astronomy PlatformDeclan KirraneDirector 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 AdoumExecutive Secretary, Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS)
Dr Djimé Adoum is Executive Secretary of CILSS, covering 13 countries of the Sahel and West Africa since 2013. Previously he worked for CARE, the World Bank, USAID and USDA where he served as Agronomist and Project Manager. He is a specialist in sectoral strategies and an expert in design, programming, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. From 2011 to 2013 he served as Chad’s Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, and from 2010 to 2011 he was Technical Advisor in charge of Rural Development, supervising the key ministries of Agriculture and Livestock. He holds a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD in Agronomy and Plant Physiology and in Agri-extension.