“The political developments in several Sahel countries, for instance in Mali last year or just now in Chad, with the unexpected death of its president, reserve unforeseeable effects on development and demand nuanced and tailored approaches. This can only come about through transparent and participative processes. Even though one has to note the efforts made by several countries to increase the dialogue between donors and stakeholders to harmonize the approach, we have to widen the discourse and exchange on and with the Sahel countries and should not limit ourselves to the security dimension in order to achieve the so often cited partnership of equals.”