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Seminar: The four Sahelian challenges (København)


Onsdag, 17. januar 2018 - 16:00 til 17:15


DIIS - Danish Institute for International Studies, Auditorium Gl. Kalkbrænderi Vej 51A, København Ø

Challenges that have always confronted the Sahel through the last decade or so seem to have intensified and internationalised. 

Contemporary social change in the region is the product of a complex mix of internal and external factors. 

As such, the Sahel is an excellent example demonstrating that development and social change should be understood in an international context. Currently, however, that context does not bode well for the future of the region.

Having conducted research in the Sahel and in particular in Niger for more than 50 years, Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan will discuss contemporary challenges in the region in his presentation. 

This he will do not only on the basis of an intimate knowledge of the region, but also a deep understanding of the interaction between local populations and international development actors.


  • Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Professor of Anthropology, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France and Researcher, LASDEL, University Abdou Moumouni, Niger
  • Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Senior Researcher, DIIS


16.00-16.05: Welcome
v/ Lars Engberg-Pedersen

16.05-16.45: The Sahelian challenges
v/ Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan

16.45-17.15: Questions, comments and debate

Practical information

The seminar will be in English and livestreamed on diis.dk.

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Tuesday 16 January 2018 at 12.00 noon. Livestream does not require registration.

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