Special Economic Zones: global trends and issues in Senegal and Madagascar

Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Wildlige graze in the foreground of a rural scene, split by a road with trees and mountains in the background.

The Mae Sot Special Economic Zone in Thailand (Credit: Prachatai, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This IIED webinar on Wednesday, 21 September discussed the topic of special economic zones and the broader questions they raise, particularly in Senegal and Madagascar.

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The Technical Committee on Land and Development (CTFD) initiated a study on special economic zones (SEZs) and land. IIED led the project in partnership with Enda Pronat and the Cadre de Réflexion et d'Action sur le Foncier au Sénégal (CRAFS) and CIRAD with the contribution of the Collectif Tany ofde Madagascar, in close collaboration with GRET, which serves as the secretariat of the CTFD.

On Wednesday, 21 September experts presented the results of the international literature review on SEZs and discuss findings from Senegal and Madagascar and how the study has advanced the debate in these two countries.


Thierry Berger (, associate, IIED's Natural Resources research group / Thierry Berger (, associate, groupe de recherche sur les ressources naturelles de l'IIED