Development co-operation

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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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    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development published a draft report called, “Cornerstones of a Marshall Plan with Africa,” advocating for a new partnership between Africa and Europe. Ten starting points have been put forward for discussion, mainly focusing on youth, employment, private sector engagement, African ownership and solutions. Read on
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    G20 agriculture ministers met on 22 January in Berlin to discuss their contributions to global food security and improved nutrition. They approved a 2017 action plan entitled, “Towards food and water security: Fostering sustainability, advancing innovation,” in which they pledged to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the COP21 Paris Agreement. Read on
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    Morocco has rejoined the African Union (AU) after 33 years as the organisation’s 55th member. This means that the AU has unified the continent again and now includes every country in Africa. Nonetheless, the dispute over the Western Sahara, which originally provoked Morocco to leave, remains unsolved. 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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    The 27th Africa-France Summit was held on 13-14 January 2017 in Bamako. The summit’s two main themes were: “Peace and Security” and “Emergence, Economy and Development.” François Hollande’s choice to hold the summit in Mali allowed recalling some of his greatest foreign policy achievements. Indeed, it is in Mali that President Hollande launched Operation Serval on 11 January 2013 to counter the jihadist insurgency in the northern part of the country. Read on
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    Undernourishment has decreased: The West Africa region leads the continent in progress toward reducing the number of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Despite rapid population growth across the region and recurrent droughts in the Sahel, West Africa has reduced the prevalence of undernourishment by 60% over the last two decades, from 24.2% in 1990-92 to 9.6% in 2014-16. Read on
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    Between 2005 and 2010, officially registered remittances from emigrants to ECOWAS countries increased, on average, by more than 8% per year to nearly USD 23 billion in 2010. This is twice the amount of foreign investment and 5% of the regional GDP. Nigeria alone accounts for 86% of these inflows. Read on
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    Half a million refugees in Chad and Niger: At the global level, forced displacement hit a record high in 2015. According to the UNHCR Global Trends 2015, some 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalised violence or human rights violations. This is 5.8 million more people than in 2014. Sub-Saharan Africa hosts about 29% of the world’s displaced people. Read on
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    The President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, spoke at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, on 23 September 2016, and began a diplomatic marathon including: a bilateral meeting with Ban-Ki Moon, a meeting about COP22 in Marrakech with Morocco’s Foreign Ministry Minister Delegate Bourita Nasser, and a special summit on Lake Chad. In his speech to the General Assembly, he called for change in global governance systems in order to achieve the sustainable development goals. Read on

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