Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

Round table: How should we respond to the Ebola outbreak and other threats in Africa?
Building more resilient societies: Human security and risk management in Africa

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CODESRIA has organized a round table on "How should we respond to the Ebola outbreak and other threats in Africa? Building more resilient societies: Human security and risk management in Africa"​​, Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in Dakar.
Date and hour: Wednesday 13 August 2014 /14:30 – 17:30
Venue: CODESRIA, Av. Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV, Dakar


14:30 – 15:00 Arrival of guests

15:00 – 15:05 Welcoming note (Executive Secretary, CODESRIA)

15:05 – 15:15 Introduction of the theme (Dr. Mamadou Goïta, Director of the 2014 CODESRIA Governance Institute and Director of l’IRPAD/Africa-Mali)

15:15 – 16:00 MAIN COMMUNICATION: “Vulnerability and resilience: the case of the Ebola outbreat in West Africa”
Prof. Cheikh Ibrahima Niang, Institute of Environment Sciences

16:00 – 16:20 REACTIONS /Other perspectives on resilience and risk management in Africa

1. El Hadji Mbaye Diagne, Director, Africa – Energy – Environment
2. Ms Fatimatou Sall, Laboratoire LEIDI, Gaston Berger University, Saint-Louis, Senegal
3. Colonel Birame Diop, Director, Partners Senegal
4. A delegate from the Ministry of Health and Social Action, Senegal

16:20 – 17:20 Discussions

17:20 – 17:30 Closing


Prof. Cheikh Ibrahima Niang

The main domains of his professional experience are social aspects of HIV/AIDS, sexuality, gender, operational research and evaluation, reproductive health, gender based violence, maternal mortality and morbidity, homosexuality. He has realized many studies and multisite, multi country consultancy works in West and Central Africa (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Rwanda, and Senegal). He served as temporary technical advisor and as consultant for many experts meetings and think tank sessions, workshops and commissioned papers on Gender and Women issues, Homosexuality, AIDS prevention strategies, male circumcision and community health (sponsored by UNAIDS, WHO, The World Bank).

Currently, he is lecturer on Social Sciences Research Methods and on the Social Aspects of Environment at University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar. He served as Director or as resource person at the Gender and Health Institutes organized by CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Sciences Research in Africa). He coordinates the West African Office of the SAHARA (Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Health Research Alliance) network as such he has organized capacity building workshops which helped junior researchers, sex workers and vulnerable populations AIDS activists to get organized and influenced national strategic planning on AIDS in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. Member of The UNAIDS Commission on acceleration of the prevention of HIV/AIDS Geneva

He also serves as technical advisor to UN and international organizations such as UNESCO, WHO, UNAIDS, UNIFEM, FNUAP, The World Bank, The UNICEF, The Population Council, Family Health International where he played an important role into bringing social and cultural aspects to policy and research agenda. He is member and co-author of the Report of the Commission on Women’s health in the Africa Region: Addressing the challenges of women’s health in Africa (WHO), member of the High Level Commission on HIV Prevention coordinated by Laurie Garrett, member of The WHO African Task Force on Immunization

His main publications include articles published by Health Educational Behavior, the Journal of Social aspects of HIV AIDS, Critical Public Health. He also wrote chapters of books published by Routledge, UNICEF and IDASA; as well as brochures and working papers for AIDS prevention among men having sex with men in Senegal, Burkina Faso and The Gambia.

Professor Cheikh Ibrahima Niang is just back from a mission in Sierra Leone on the Ebola virus.


1. M. El Hadji Mbaye Diagne

Mr Mbaye Diagne El Hadji is the director of AFRICA - ENERGY - ENVIRONMENT a consulting firm in Senegal. Mr. Diagne is an engineer, an international consultant and former President of COMNACC (National Climate Change Committee of Senegal) from 2002 to 2012. He has been member of the Senegalese official delegation to negotiate the Framework Convention of the United Nations on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 1998 and supports the group of negotiation of LDCs in his capacity of member of an international team of experts set up by the president of that group. He is Chief negotiator for issues related to the Kyoto Protocol and market mechanisms.
He has extensive knowledge in technology transfer and the Clean Development Mechanism of the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol and in energy. Mr Diagne was successively Chief Operating Officer, Technical Director, Plant Manager and Deputy General Manager of SUNEOR (formerly SONACOS), one of the most important companies in the oil mill refining of vegetable oils and production of thermal and electric energy.

Mr Diagne is a member of the Scientific Council of the Observatory of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (EESC) of the Republic of Senegal and has been member of the advisory board of the Centre and Network of Climate Technologies UNFCCC since 2012.
He is also the President of the Environmental Unit of the UPICS (Union Providers, Merchants and Industrialists of Senegal) which is the largest association of industry and commerce in Senegal.

He has a background in mechanical engineering, energy, environmental science and management and audit. He has completed numerous projects in energy efficiency, renewable energy and CDM projects conducted in these areas in Senegal.
He also worked on the assessment of technology needs as a technical assistant for Senegal, Mauritius and Zambia, and he also participates in training sessions for capacity building during regional workshops as part of the world project for the regional center ENDA and the center RISOE of UNEP.

Mr Diagne is also auditor of CDM and JI projects of the Kyoto Protocol for an operational entity designated as international.

2. Ms Fatimatou Sall

Fatimatou Sall is a PhD student at the Laboratory leidi / Territorial Governance Division of Water. She is currently working on a unique thesis on “Urbanité et Biodiversité : Impacts de la dynamique des zones humides sur les services écosystémiques dans la ville de Saint-Louis’’.

She holds a master’s on research in Geography options Ecosystems and Environment from Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis (Senegal) and a Professional Master in Development specialty Management of Protected Areas from Senghor University (International University of French language) of Alexandria (Egypt).

She participated in the research program called CLUVA (Climate change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa: funded by the European Union through its Fp7 programme as a junior researcher from March 2011 to December 2013. During the programme, she served as the focal point of the team in Saint Louis on Task2.2 which focused on vulnerability and the associated potential for adaptation to urban ecosystems. She also served as a research assistant in the program in task2.3: Assessment of social vulnerability and task 3.1 governance and systems planning: the ability to deal with land use and disaster-induced by climate change.

3. Colonel Birame Diop

Colonel Birame Diop is a Senegalese military, a practitioner and a scholar. He was successively trained at the Royal Air Academy of Morocco, the University of Southern California, the Air University of Alabama and the French War College in Paris. He has worked extensively, as a facilitator, a guest speaker or a researcher on Security Sector Reform issues including civil society organizations’ role on security management, gender and security sector reform and gender based violence in conflict and post conflict zones.

Colonel Diop facilitates, on a regular basis, seminars organized by the Washington based Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS). As a researcher at the National Endowment for Democracy and the Woodrow Wilson Center he has done studies and has published on Security Sector Reform processes in Sub Saharan Africa.

Since 2010 he is seconded as the director of the Partners for Democratic Change’s African Institute for Security Sector Transformation (AISST) based in Dakar and whose mission is to promote good civil military relations. He is currently working with the government of Guinea and the European Union on the formulation of Guinea’s National Security and Defense Policy through a nationwide consultation of all stakeholders. Colonel Diop finished, three weeks ago, a fellowship at the University of Stanford on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.

August 12 2014