05 Mar 2021
Culture & Society
- 10 Jun 2020Body:In March 2020, the visual landscape in West Africa changed as people started wearing face masks in public places, especially those living in urban areas. As of early April, many West African countries made it mandatory for people to wear non-medical cloth masks whenever they went outside. However, many local authorities lack the ability to enforce these generalised mask-wearing orders.
- Body:Handwashing is one of the top preventive measures recommended to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). However, current levels of handwashing with soap are generally low across the region. More than one-third of West Africans have no handwashing facility at home. Washing hands is also a basic preventive measure, which can help eradicate many other communicable diseases such as cholera, which is still prevalent in the region.
- 02 Jan 2020Country:Opinion:Body:This report published by the French newspaper La Libération reviews the relationship between the Fulani and Dogon ethnic groups, who lived in traditionally complementary ways. Drawing on local interviews, the article explains the traditional roles each group played, describes the changes that occurred following the jihadist occupation and analyses the root causes of tension, which has caused escalating intercommunal violence.
- Country:Topics:Body:In response to rising inter-communal violence in eastern Chad, the government increased its military presence and declared a state of emergency in its eastern provinces of Ouaddaï and Sila, as well as in Tibesti in the north in August 2019. Tensions might increase during the upcoming local elections, currently scheduled for February 2020. The latest report by the International Crisis Group analyses inter-communal conflicts in eastern Chad, in particular between Arab and non-Arab communities, moving beyond herder-farmer relationships.
- 29 Dec 2019Body:Niger held its first marathon under the slogan “Running for peace in the Sahel”. The “Grand Marathon du Ténéré” took place on 29 December 2019 around the city of Agadez in northern Niger. It aimed to help put a stop to the isolation of this troubled region.
- 17 Dec 2019Topics:Opinion:Body:In his UN Security Council briefing on 17 December 2019, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNOWAS, highlights that regional organisations remain “our first counterparts for conflict resolution in the region.” Discussions at the ECOWAS and G5 Sahel summits highlighted the “undeterred regional solidarity, and the commitment to bring this violence to an end. The Security Council’s support to the region cannot falter at this juncture,” he declared.
- 06 Dec 2019Topics:Body:Gender gaps in assets, livelihood strategies, and control over income clearly impose costs on households, communities and nations. Explicit attention to gender is thus key to achieving the Malabo goals of shared prosperity and improved livelihoods through inclusive agricultural growth. This is one of the key findings from the 2019 Annual Trends and Outlook Report, prepared by ReSAKKS. The report looks at gender equality in Africa’s rural areas.
- Body:“Gender inequality in Africa remains high, and progress toward gender parity has stagnated. This is a large missed opportunity for African societies and for the continent’s growth prospects,” finds a new report published by the McKinsey Global Institute. While Africa’s progress on gender equality is similar to other regions when it comes to work, Africa lags behind on progress toward gender equality in society.
- Topics:Body:At the initiative of Germany, UNDP and the Liptako-Gourma Authority, members of the Sahel Alliance gathered on 20-22 November 2019 in Niamey, Niger for a regional workshop on the theme, “Governance and decentralisation: Vectors of peace and stability in the Sahel.” Some 30 participants coming from various administrative levels (local, regional, national) from Sahelian countries as well as international development partners discussed current decentralisation trends, problems and perspectives. Local government representatives from the three countries of the Liptako-Gourma region (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger) issued a communiqué in which they urged members and partners of the Sahel Alliance to stronger involve them.