- Opinion:Members:Body:In this interview, published by Le Point Afrique, outgoing European Commissioner Neven Mimica offers his vision for better co-operation between Africa and Europe. “Our two continents are facing new challenges which can only be tackled together. We are at a crossroads: Africa is a continent in full swing, with huge economic and human potential. It is a giant in the making, at the gates of Europe.
- Topics:SWAC:Body:Official Development Assistance for urban development is mostly channelled to big cities, benefitting some 63 million people or37% of the region’s total urban population of 171 million people. About 45% of urban development projects were implemented in agglomerations with more than 300 000 inhabitants. However, nearly half of West Africa’s urban dwellers live in small and medium-size cities. Considering West Africa’s rapidly growing small and mid-sized cities, development partners need to better target and scale up their support.
- Body:Twenty African heads of state participated in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), which was held in Yokohama on 28-30 August under the theme “Advancing Africa's Development through People, Technology and Innovation.” The summit resulted in a three-year joint co-operation plan to move the Japan-Africa relationship from aid to business, and further increase Japanese private investment (estimated at USD 20 billion over the past three years).
- 28 Aug 2019Opinion:Body:African leaders’ presence at the G7 summit received mixed reactions. Was it a renewed model for the G7 based on an equal partnership with Africa, or were African countries simply decorative pieces meant to help G7 leaders clear their consciences? In this interview with Bakary Sambe from the Timbuktu Institute-African Centre for Peace Studies, published by Le Point Afrique, he notes that a large amount of the pledged development aid for the Sahel has not yet materialised and decries the lack of coherence.
- 26 Aug 2019Topics:Members:Body:The world’s leaders, including five African presidents, met at the G7 Summit in Biarritz in France from 24-26 August 2019, and placed the fight against inequality at the heart of their discussions. Beyond the major global challenges (survival of the Amazon; global trade; stability in Iran, Libya and Hong Kong) the G7 agenda also included a strong focus on Africa. G7 leaders announced an USD 251 million package to support women entrepreneurs in Africa. France and Germany intend to launch the Partnership for Security and Stability in the Sahel. Canada and Japan will join the Sahel Alliance as observers. What else has been decided at the Biarritz summit?
The Senegal National Agency for Statistics and Demography (ANSD) and OECD-based Paris21 agency held a joint workshop on 12 August in Dakar to enhance data planning and discuss a new gender statistics project. Some 40 participants took part in a training session on the Advanced Data Planning Tool (ADAPT), a free cloud-based planning tool. Paris21 developed the tool to help national statistics offices and other data producers adapt their data production to from policymakers’ priority data needs.
- 20 Jul 2019Topics:Body:Where do rural youth live and how do they engage with the economy? How can young rural women be empowered? How can rural youth prosper in changing agrifood systems? What makes climate change a youth issue? The IFAD Rural Development Report 2019 analyses key challenges of the rural transformation process and opportunities available to rural youth while encouraging thinking differently about investing in rural youth.
- 28 Jun 2019Members:Body:The Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research has launched an initiative to support entrepreneurs and start-up companies active in the fields of mobile health, pharmacometrics, innovative financing or digital humanities (knowledge transfer) in sub-Saharan Africa. More particularly, the Swiss Africa Business Innovation Initiative (SABII) aims to boost the entrepreneurial know-how and exposure of sub-Saharan graduate students.
- Country:Body:As part of its transnational security series, the Munich Security Council organised a roundtable debate on the eve of the ECOWAS summit on 28 June in Abuja. The event brought together high-level government representatives, security experts and business leaders from across the region. Participants discussed new ways to co-operate and counter illicit flows and other transnational crimes.
- Country:Body:Launched at the occasion of the transnational security issues roundtable in June, this report provides some examples of transnational illicit flows that endanger global security by funding conflicts and perpetuating instability. It focuses on four key areas of illicit flows: people, goods, money and data. The report sounds the alarm about the main threats posed by illicit flows and identifies possible co-operative approaches to address the issue, building on the ongoing efforts of multilateral and national bodies.