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Since 1985, 8 March has been a public holiday in Burkina Faso. Thomas Sankara had the idea to keep women from going the market on that day, and demand that men do the shopping and cooking instead. This inversion of gender roles was intended to remind men about the realities of the daily grind of their wives, mothers and sisters, and to, above all, allow men to experience those things first-hand. The president of Burkina Faso also left his mark by making himself a tireless advocate for women prostitutes. Read on
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The three northern regions of Ghana are home to 60% of the poor people in the whole country. By 2030, southern Ghana might have successfully eradicated poverty, while 40% of its northern population will still remain poor. How can Ghana overcome these strong regional disparities? Read on
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The UN Security Council has established 30 March 2018 as the end the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which has been deployed in the country since 2003. Since its arrival, the mission has: accompanied the country’s political transition, supported the process of national reconciliation and, more recently, contributed to the fight against the Ebola epidemic. Read on
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Despite the economic slow-down, Africa has enormous unexploited development potential. The continent needs to adjust to the current situation and invest in its future, explained Roger Nord, Deputy Director of the IMF’s African Department, in an article published on the Ideas4Development blog. Read on
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Séga Diarrah, president of the “Bi-Ton” Collective, which brings together some 60 associations to promote democracy and employment in Mali, recognises that the 27th Africa-France Summit, which was held in Bamako on 13-14 January 2017, was a success for Mali. Relations between France and Africa are nevertheless questionable. According to Diarrah, France continues to benefit from Africa, especially through its large companies that are active on the continent, without addressing Africans’ real concerns about co-operation. Read on
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This article, which was published on the AFD Ideas-4-Development blog, offers an interesting analysis of the humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria which has passed largely unnoticed. Home to 177 million people - half of them Muslims - Africa’s most populous country is often feared even though it is also unknown on the international stage. Read on
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Chronic malnutrition persists: Malnutrition is, first and foremost, a chronic problem. Rates of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) in the Sahel have exceeded the alert threshold of 10% for at least the past 15 years. In many areas, they regularly exceed the emergency threshold of 15%. Nearly 40% of children under five years of age are stunted. Read on
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In an op-ed in Jeune Afrique, NEPAD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Assane Mayaki delivered his vision of Africa’s COP22 priorities. According to his analysis, climate change adaptation is the number one priority for Africa. Read on
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How do West African traders manage to overcome the uncertainties of doing business across the region? How do informal ties shape relationships between border actors in West Africa? How do these actors operate across borders? In this article published by the Brookings Institution, Olivier Walther, Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), presents some of the findings of a paper on “Business, Brokers and Borders” that shows how a formal approach to networks can help map the social and spatial organisation of trade and provide insights into its functioning. Read on
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On the occasion of the International Rural Women’s Day on 15 October, held at Mount Kilimanjaro, a group of civil society organisations supported the calls of West African women for land justice. In this plea, the signatories are protesting against the fact that rural women in sub-Saharan Africa, who form the continent’s main agricultural labour force, only own an average of 15% of the land that they cultivate Read on

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