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Olivier Ray, head of the crises and conflicts unit at AFD, offers some courses of action in response to Boko Haram violence in this article in the Ideas for Development blog. Development aid institutions must adapt their modes of action to the challenges of the regions where they operate, as they may well impact the fragility in which terrorist movements take root. However, they are neither an alternative to military struggle against terrorism, nor an ideological response. Read on
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In an article posted on the new OECD blog on development, "Development Matters", UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos explains why the challenges of the 21st century require a new concept of urbanisation in Africa. If African cities do not facilitate intra-city movement and do not improve their connections with rural areas, their urbanisation will not support the economic opportunities urbanisation has created elsewhere. Read on
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Eradicating poverty and ensuring food security depends on the health of the ecosystems that underpin human health, well-being, livelihoods, jobs and sustainable growth. Nigerian Minister of Environment Amina J Mohammed makes the case for an ecosystem-based adaptation approach to agriculture in an opinion article in Al Jazeera. Read on
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In an interview with the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), NEPAD CEO Ibrahim Mayaki analyses the dynamics of industrialisation in Africa and explains the challenges facing West Africa in this area. Industrialisation in the sub-region lags significantly behind the two major industrial regions that make up North Africa on the one hand and Southern and East Africa on the other. Read on
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Nigeria has the largest economy on the continent but its development receives little attention in the global debate on international security, economic development and humanitarian issues. The country, however, faces many difficulties. These were discussed at a conference of the Africa Security Initiative at the Brookings Institution on 29 February... Read on
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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. Read on
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To what extent does UEMOA encourage trade and financial integration? How do UEMOA countries compare to other sub-Saharan African countries in terms of macroeconomic stability? Has UEMOA’s fixed exchange rate regime impeded competitiveness? And how has UEMOA promoted economic convergence among member countries? Amadou Sy and Mariama Sow provide some answers to these key questions in an article posted on the Brookings blog. Read on
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Faced with the expansion of Daesh into northern Africa, researcher and author Serge Michailof argues that the international response must go beyond military intervention. In an article published on Diploweb, the author of the book Africanistan urges France to take greater control over the financial resources it allocates to international aid. Read on
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The recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change represent a fundamental shift in the policy environment for development. Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, writes about the practical implications of this shift in a post on the OECD Insights blog. Read on
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In his blog post, SWAC Secretariat Director Laurent Bossard draws attention to two opposing visions of the African continent: on the one hand, the African Union's administrative organisation is based on the establishment of five major regions within which national borders freely allow production, trade and friendship to flourish between peoples; on the other, development partners and the international community tend to deal with sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa separately. Read on

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