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The status quo is still here… Since the 60s, 70s 90s…The issues still facing Africa at large are well known if not understood. If we take a look back in 1991 under a very tempting title “Preparing for the Future A Vision of West Africa in the Year 2020 - West Africa Long Term Perspective Study (WALTPS)”, four member countries of the Club du Sahel: Canada, the United States, France and the Netherlands, suggested that a regional study be undertaken of the long-term prospects for West Africa. Several Sahelian countries and several coastal West African countries backed the idea.
Twenty years after...the status quo is still here…And why such institutions are still holding Africa back when they do have the information as what works and what doesn't?
Indeed, to carry out this regional study, the Club du Sahel Secretariat and the CINERGIE group (a project set up under a 1991 agreement between the OECD and the African Development Bank) formed a multi-disciplinary team of African and non-African experts. The European Commission, the World Bank and the African Development Bank provided the funds necessary to finance the study.
Undertaking a study of long-term perspectives in West Africa would necessitate taking a step back in order to see far ahead. CINERGIE and the Club du Sahel, not being bound by any short-term policy deadlines, were in a good position to do just that and to date have seemed to have done solely that!