West Africa faces an urgent need to develop effective adaptation and mitigation strategies related to climate change through the design of appropriate science based policies. In this context, the Doctoral Programme Climate Change Economics (CCEcon), led by the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD), focuses on applying economic rationality to analyze adaptation and mitigation strategies related to climate change. To ensure an interdisciplinary and comprehensive approach to climate related analysis and policy the programme develops strong synergies with other universities involved in the WASCAL Graduate Studies Programme (GSP).
The curriculum of the programme encompasses both a core theoretical component as well as methodological approaches from the areas of Mathematics, Statistics, and Econometrics to perform state of the art research in applied economics. Subjects covered deal with topics related to climate economics, development economics and resources, theories of sustainable development, climate change economics and finance, and integrated approaches to climate modeling and policy.
University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), in Dakar is the oldest university in francophone African countries. It has students coming from 44 different nationalities from all parts of Africa. Alongside its six faculties, the university hosts a variety of specialized schools, mainly in the area of journalism, environment, engineering, and public health. UCADs faculty of Economics and Management is considered a center of excellence for sustainable economic development studies in Africa. UCAD is a focal point of the “Programme de troisième cycle inter-universitaire en Economie (PTCI)”, that is a graduate programme in economics, a coordinated programme among universities and research centers of 18 francophone African countries. It was implemented in 1994 and by now has significantly provided universities and governments with highly trained people.