- 04 May 2016Body:West African ministers came together to outline a course of action to accelerate progress on the Great Green Wall. The First Conference of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative was held from 2-7 May in Dakar, bringing together ministers from countries north and south of the Sahara as well as their development partners. Organised by the African Union, the high-level conference follows on the COP21 climate change conference, during which the international community pledged an additional USD 4 billion in support for the Great Green Wall over the next 5 years.
- 14 Apr 2016Body:On the sidelines of the Restricted Meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mr Douglas Frantz invited on 14 April 2016 a high-level delegation of West African leaders for a brief exchange on co-operation between Africa and the OECD. The delegation was composed of six West African ministers as well as regional leaders from ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS and representatives of West African agricultural producers’ organisations.
- 01 Apr 2016Country:Members:Body:The Luxembourg Agency for Development Co-operation (Lux-Development) launched a call for expressions of interest for a study on the aspirations of rural youth with regard to agriculture in the Dosso region of Niger. The call is addressed to private research and consultancy firms, non-governmental organisations, non-profit associations and public operators specialised in the field of youth, especially in the rural context.
- 23 Mar 2016Country:Body:After a controversial and unsurprising second round, the re-election of Mahamadou Issoufou to the presidency is confirmed; according to the provisional results, Mahamadou Issoufou gained 92.98% of the vote, with an estimated voter turnout of 59.79% (compared to 66.8% during the first round). The results of the first round gave the upper hand to the incumbent with 48.3% of the vote, well ahead of his competitor, Hama Amadou, a former National Assembly president currently hospitalised in Paris, who had obtained 17.7% of the vote.
- 19 Mar 2016Opinion:Body:This Diploweb dossier dedicated to the regionalisation of the Islamic sect was prepared on the occasion of the 8th edition of the Grenoble Festival of Geopolitics: African Dynamics. According to the author, many analysts exaggerate the political influence of Boko Haram, which remains “relatively poor in resources”. Its military success can be mostly explained by the failure of the Nigerian government. The dossier provides an overview of facts and figures as well as a timeline of key events.
- 13 Mar 2016Body:On 11 and 12 March in Bamako, member states of the G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) jointly organised with UNDP and Japan, and in partnership with the government of Mali, an international conference on border management and border communities in the Sahel.
Seven West African countries rank among the top 20 countries in the world with the highest rate of child marriage [Niger (1), Chad (3), Mali (5), Guinea (6), Burkina Faso (8), Sierra Leone (13) and Nigeria (14)]. In Niger, three out of four girls marry before their 18th birthday, contributing to the highest fertility rate in the world of more than six children per woman. Nigeria and Niger are among the top 20 countries with the highest absolute number of child marriages, with 1.193 million and 244 000 married girls, respectively.
- Topics:Members:Body:UEMOA is working to improve the collection and use of economic statistics within its eight member states. Directors general of national statistics agencies took part in a workshop to launch the Regional Statistics Programme (PRS-UEMOA) 2015-20 from 1 to 4 March in Bamako. The PRS is the result of a co-operation agreement between the UEMOA Commission and the Economic and Statistical Observatory for Sub-Saharan Africa (AFRISTAT), signed in November 2015
- Topics:Members:Body:UEMOA and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have agreed to create a USD 100 million fund to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UEMOA zone. The agreement was signed between the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) and the Saudia Arabia based Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), a division of the IDB that focuses on developing private business.
- Topics:Members:Body:The Swiss Development Co-operation places a strong focus on regional integration dynamics and challenges. Working together with professional organisations and think-tanks, the West Africa Division covers five priority countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Chad) and three thematic areas (basic education, vocational education and training; rural development and food security; and local governance and decentralisation). Switzerland is a founding member of the Sahel and West Africa Club.