- Topics:Opinion:Members:SWAC:Body:In an interview given to the Swiss Co-operation and published in the June 2017 edition of Africa Brief, Laurent Bossard, director of the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD), highlighted some key challenges of cross-border co-operation. He pointed out that half the population of West Africa lives within 100-km of a border, where nothing stops “except the policies."
- Topics:Members:Body:As of 1 January 2018, the Belgian Technical Cooperation (CBT) will change its name to become ENABLE, a nod to the English expression “enable” -- which means to allow or to make possible. The agency will become an integrated service in embassies and diplomatic offices in partner countries in order to integrate co-operation into Belgium’s foreign policy.
- 12 Sep 2017Opinion:Members:Body:“Throwing big bags of money at a country embroiled in a civil war is not the solution to a migration issue,” says Sophie in 't Veld in a blog post published on the website of The Guardian. Individual EU countries cannot cope with migration flows by themselves, but Europe can as a whole. She says that Europe needs a realistic plan to tackle illegal migration.
- 08 Sep 2017Body:Members of the commissions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) met on 8 September at the 16th Meeting of the Joint Technical Secretariat, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to take stock of their partnerships and discuss future policies.
- 05 Sep 2017Country:Body:China announced it will loan Guinea USD 20 billion to support infrastructure development in the country over the next 20 years. In turn, the Guinean government granted several mining concessions to Chinese companies, including for the bauxite mines in northern Guinea.
- 30 Aug 2017Country:Body:During a visit to Nigeria on 30 August, the UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and international development secretary Priti Patel, announced a four-year aid package worth GBP 200 million to help northeastern Nigeria recover from the Boko Haram insurgency. This is less than they previously spent (GBP 100 million in 2017 alone) but the new package is intended to complement DFID’s current humanitarian programme.
- 28 Aug 2017Members:Body:African and European leaders from Chad, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Niger and Spain met on 28 August in Paris to discuss how to better tackle migration flows from Africa to Europe. As a follow-up to the Valletta Summit on migration in 2015, they agreed on a short-term action plan to crack down on networks of people smugglers and to stop illegal migration, via Libya, to Italy and other European countries.
- 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.
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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.