Shaping policy processes through citizen voice in Francophone West Africa: the arts as a vehicle for knowledge co-construction

This networking activity convenes research, policy, cultural and community engagement organisations from across Sahelian Francophone West Africa. It seeks to understand whether the arts and cultural activities can act as a mode through which citizen and policy actors can communicate, co-creating understanding about environmental issues.

The project works with citizen and advocacy groups, policy actors and artists from across Senegal, Mauritania and Mali, to explore the different forms of ‘storytelling’ tradition which exist in their contexts. A practical workshop experiments with these techniques, while the project creates a regional network which will set out the agenda for future research in this domain.