Mission Statement

The Center for Research on Political Economy (CREPOL) started work in March 2009. It was set up on the belief that there is an urgent need for an interdisciplinary research center, bridging the fields of economics, political science, sociology, business and law, which focuses on the problems and challenges raised by the current political developments and economic transformations of countries in the West African sub-region. It seeks to evoke the classical tradition of political economy to explore new approaches to the politics and economics of national and regional development that jointly challenge existing explanations, as the basis for empirical research and policy analysis.

The mission of CREPOL is to contribute to the search for a new and appropriate policy approach and institutional framework to support the efforts of West African policy-makers, stakeholders in key sectors of the economy including private and voluntary, and local-level populations aimed at achieving sustainable economic development and social progress. In this regard, CREPOL seeks to play an energetic part in regional and national policy debates and to establish links with policy-makers, research institutes and think tanks both in the African continent and abroad.


The principal objective of CREPOL is to contribute to capacity and institutional building for addressing the development problems and challenges of West African states in an era of globalization, and to sensitize national and sub-regional policy-actors about these challenges in their pursuit of socio-economic development and regional integration goals.
In order to achieve its principal objective, CREPOL will seek to attain the following specific operational objectives:

  1. Develop a distinctive approach to the provision of policy and technical advisory services to governments, legislators, private sector and civil society actors, based on policy-oriented interdisciplinary research and dialogue with national (public and private-sector) policy-makers and their external development partners.
  2. Develop policy-relevant and evidenced-based research and training materials to support capacity-building and institutional-development activities that will enhance national and sub-regional capabilities to understand, analyze and respond effectively to the challenges of sustainable development and regional integration.
  3. Develop a public profile in the policy-making community as well as in academia, through the undertaking of research studies that will inform and influence national and sub-regional policy issues including implications of the global economic and political order.

The main areas of focus of the Center reflect the thematic priorities of the West Africa sub-region.  These priorities were identified by the five key organizations, namely The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), The Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine (UEMOA), the West African Monetary Agency (WAMA), the West Africa Monetary Institute (WAMI) and the Comité Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse au Sahel (CILSS).  The thematic priorities of CREPOL are:


Real sector: Agriculture and Rural Development, Industry, Energy, Infrastructure, Environment, Telecommunications, Transport, Water and Fight against Desertification, Food Security.

Trade:  Intra-regional Trade, External Trade, Customs, Market Access.

Monetary Integration:  Promotion of National Currencies for Regional Trade, Development of Savings and Trade Liberalization, Monetary and Fiscal Cooperation and Harmonization, Promotion of Monetary Integration and Creation of Single Monetary Zone.


Population and Development, Development of Human Resources (Education and Training), Child and Youth, Health and Social Affairs, Gender, Drugs, Humanitarian.


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