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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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Journalist and communications consultant Tolu Ogunlesi writes about the re-emergence of secessionist movements in southeast Nigeria in an opinion peace for the New York Times. The 1960s Nigerian civil war put an end to the short-lived independent state of Biafra, but many in the southeast continue to feel neglected by the federal government. Ogunlesi argues that activists should work within the system to achieve their aims. Read on

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