- Body:Over the last few years, several researchers have challenged African statistics. Among the many examples was the article written by World Bank economist Shantayanan Devarajan in 2013, “Africa’s Statistical Tragedy.” It painted a gloomy picture of African statistics as affected by the lack of capacity of statistical institutions, an unclear administration of responsibilities, a lack of stable state funding, and the destabilising effect of donor funding. This public questioning of public statistics in Africa provoked reactions.
- 13 Jun 2017Opinion:Members:SWAC:Body:The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed in principle to Morocco’s membership request at its 51st summit in Monrovia, Liberia on 4 June. An article published in the African Business magazine by the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC‑OECD) analyses the role of Morocco in West Africa and the implications of its future ECOWAS membership.
- 13 Jun 2017Body:
On 12-13 June, the government of Germany organised an international conference on the topic of “G20-Africa Partnership - Investing in a Common Future.” The high-level conference gathered about 800 participants in Berlin, Germany, including presidents from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Senegal. The debate focused on the three pillars of the G20-Africa Partnership: 1) to improve inclusive economic growth and employment; 2) to develop quality infrastructure, especially in the energy sector; and 3) to strengthen the framework for private finance and investment in Africa.
- 05 Jun 2017Topics:Members:Body:Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, and Angel Losada, EU Special Representative for the Sahel, and the G5 Sahel Foreign Ministers (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) met on 5 June in Bamako, Mali, to discuss their strategic partnership. They want to move the establishment of the joint armed force forward to fight against terrorism and to secure, among other things, the border area between Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
- 31 May 2017Country:Topics:Members:Body:It will be the first test case of the newly-established ECOWAS Regional Food Security Reserve. Following a request from the Nigerian government in September 2016, ECOWAS will soon deliver food products to Nigeria worth USD 1 million, notably 1 650 tonnes of cereals (white maize, sorghum, millet and rice).
- 26 May 2017Topics:Body:The African Development Bank annual meetings hosted the release of the 16th edition of the African Economic Outlook. Besides the statistics and the notes on the 54 African countries, this year the report addresses the special theme -- Entrepreneurship and Industrialisation in Africa -- highlighting the high, untapped potential for African entrepreneurship.
- 25 Apr 2017Members:Body:The Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo travelled to Benin and Senegal with two Belgian celebrities working with the United Nations on issues related to the rights of women and children. Their working visit was part of the “She Decides” initiative - led by Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands and Sweden - which focuses on improving the rights of young girls and women, especially on sexual and reproductive health.
- 12 Apr 2017Topics:RPCA:Body:Held under the patronage of the Commissions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) gathered from 10-12 April 2017 at the OECD headquarters in Paris. Participants analysed the food and nutrition situation and made recommendations, particularly focused on mobilising further urgent and co-ordinated assistance to affected populations in the Lake Chad basin.
- SWAC:Body:On the sidelines of the restricted meeting of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) on 11 April 2017, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría met with a high-level delegation of African leaders for a brief exchange on co‑operation between Africa and the OECD. The delegation was composed of several West African ministers as well as regional leaders from ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS and representatives of West African agricultural producers’ organisations.
- Country:Body:From 30-31 March 2017, the OECD hosted the fifth edition of the 2017 Global Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum on the theme, ‘‘In the public interest: Taking integrity to higher standards.’’ Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo participated as the keynote speaker. In his statement entitled, ‘‘United action is the key,’’ Osinbajo highlighted the immense challenges that corruption and illicit financial flows pose in developing countries.