With the Sahel Watch programme, The Broker decided to adopt a regional approach. We describe the conflicts in the Sahel region, and in West and North Africa, as accurately and accessibly as possible. We offer brief and reliable summaries of the most important aspects of the conflicts in the region.
We aim to clarify the various aspects of the conflicts for policy-makers in governments, international organizations and NGOs, and help them weigh the options in terms of policies and actions. Sahel Watch is of course, however, not designed exclusively for policy-makers only. Our target groups also include academics, journalists and anyone else deeply committed to the region.
The starting point of the Sahel Watch programme is that conflicts cannot be understood from a national perspective alone, and we therefore explicitly include cross-border factors in our analyses. These include regional and international geopolitical and economic interests in the Sahel region, and transnational influences such as migration, terrorism, drugs and human trafficking, and climate change.
In addition, we also examine internal relations and differences (the micro-dynamics). This allows us to expose the blind spots of policy standpoints and the different actors.
The Broker works together with a large number of organizations and international partners on the programme. We offer extensive reports on current academic discussions and policy debates, and refer to specialized thematic knowledge. We follow current trends and the constantly changing relations in the countries concerned with, for example, interactive overview charts. At the same time we also take the long term into account, as well as more structural causes.
The analyses are produced by our knowledge brokers, based on contributions and suggestions from a broad international network of experts associated with The Broker. Sahel Watch went online in December 2014 with a ‘living analysis’ of the conflict in Mali. The basis of the analysis is a long-read that is updated regularly. You can also click on overview charts, videos, analyses, etc.
Are you interested in Sahel Watch? Or would you like to know what Sahel Watch can do for you organization? For more information about this programme, please send an email to our knowledge broker Karlijn Muiderman.
Shortly after the announcement of a new joint force of five Sahel countries, The Broker held an interview with the EU Special Representative for the Sahel.
Competing customary and legal institutions show that security and development interventions in Mali should be better grounded in its socio-cultural context.
A new phase of political struggle is starting; this time it is about the structural problems lying behind the issues that have divided the country.
Countering violent extremism in Mali means gaining the trust of local communities rather than focusing on vague regional- or country-based approaches.
A regional approach by the Malian authorities and international actors involved is needed to prevent a new cycle of slumbering issues and violence.
The conflict in Mali has made strange bedfellows of government forces, rebels and Islamists. However, so far, none of these groups have managed to sustainabl...
As development actions are increasingly being brought under the umbrella of top-down security and migration management the EU risks tipping the balance.
Reducing violent conflict in Africa is often cited as a reason for governments to work on lowering CO2 emissions – climate matters, but other factors are more important.
West African governments aren’t investing enough in one of their greatest assets – a young population.
While climate change has not created jihadists in Mali, its effects on the livelihoods of already marginalized communities has created fertile grounds for recruitment.
Mali’s multi-layered conflicts cannot be understood from a single analytical perspective, it is not one conflict - but a dynamic system of conflicts.
European migration policies in a globalizing world.
Understanding the way cross-border conflicts influence each other.
Resource disputes are grounded in structural inequalities and reveal conflicting interests.