L’usage des arts pour le dialogue environnemental au Sahel

Translated title of the contribution: The use of the arts for environmental dialogue in the Sahel

Fatoumata Sow, Lansine Sountoura, Aminata Niang, Haoussa Ndiaye, Imogen Bellwood-Howard, Peter Taylor, Julie Doyle

Research output: Other contribution


Art has been used to communicate environmental concerns in Sahelian countries. Nevertheless, arts-led dialogue between policy actors and citizens is rare, despite its potential to find solutions to complex socio-environmental problems. Harnessing this potential is essential as challenges such as climate change accelerate. Factors that constrain dialogue include a strongly hierarchical and sectorally divided professional and social context. Artists and citizens also risk confrontation with authorities when they express controversial opinions. Not every situation is therefore appropriate for arts-led dialogue. Yet, when facilitated with humour and effective examples, it can create a relaxed space for intersectoral deliberation. Awareness of arts-led dialogue processes could be increased, along with more research on the contexts in which they are appropriate and how best to use them.
Translated title of the contributionThe use of the arts for environmental dialogue in the Sahel
Original languageFrench
TypePolicy briefing
Media of outputonline
Number of pages4
Place of PublicationUK
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022


  • art
  • environmental
  • dialogue
  • Sahel


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