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  • NewsBrief, 28 July – 10 August 2015

    This week’s focus: A deadly attack in central Mali raises concern over militants' reach; eleven West African countries are among the founding members of the Africa50 infrastructure investment platform; Côte d'Ivoire schedules its presidential election for 25 October; health sector stakeholders seek solutions for maternal and child mortality; and the West Africa region leads the continent in progress toward reducing the number of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition.More
  • NewsBrief, 14-27 July 2015

    This week's focus: The AU calls for solidarity in post-Ebola recovery; 11 countries take stock of progress on the Great Green Wall; the United States announces support for women entrepreneurs in Mali and in Africa; the FAO seeks USD 20 million for the fight against avian flu; and UEMOA is preparing its next summit in Cotonou.More
  • NewsBrief, 7-13 July 2015

    This week’s focus: The International Ebola Recovery conference exceeds expectations; the ECOWAS Court of Justice condemns political exclusion in Burkina Faso; ECOWAS officials approve a mid-term strategic framework; Mali will host to the region's first industrial-scale solar power plant; and businessman Tony Elumelu aims to inspire 1 000 entrepreneurs to transform the continent.More
  • NewsBrief, 30 June – 6 July 2015

    This week's focus: The EU raises its commitment and puts regional integration at centre of development co-operation with West Africa; Nigeria's new president calls for swift regional action as Boko Haram violence escalates; agro-hydrology specialists predict average to below average rains during the 2015 season; and political and business leaders join forces in an effort to ensure sustainable energy for all.More
  • NewsBrief, 23–29 June 2015

    This week’s focus: CILSS partners six UN agencies to build the resilience of vulnerable populations; food security experts call for stronger early warning and crisis response systems; UEMOA conducts its annual review of progress on integration; and the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman defends children's rights and women's participation.More
  • NewsBrief, 16-22 June 2015

    This week’s focus: West Africa moves to integrate climate change into agricultural strategies; holdout militant groups sign a peace accord in Mali; West Africa sets an example on carbon credit trading; USAID's regional agriculture director Candace Buzzard becomes and honorary citizen of West Africa; and the SWAC Secretariat calls for inputs for a paper on women's empowerment in West Africa.More
  • NewsBrief, 9-15 June 2015

    Political and security crises dominate the 25th African Union Summit; Chad suffers its first major terrorist attack; ECOWAS and UEMOA hold inter-agency consultations on major integration issues; a new lending facility to support agriculture; and the presidents of Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau receive honours at Crans Montana.More
  • NewsBrief, 2-8 June 2015

    This week’s focus: The SWAC Secretariat presented Africapolis, a comprehensive and comparable dataset on urbanisation in West Africa, at the European Development Days (EDD15); the World Bank approves USD 248 million in support for pastoralism in the Sahel; scientists issue a warning about the impacts of El Niño on West African agriculture; and Sierra Leone opposition leader Bernadette Lahai will represent West Africa in the Pan-African Parliament.More
  • NewsBrief, 25 May – 1 June 2015

    This week’s focus: Reflecting on history and the future, ECOWAS marks its 40th anniversary; militants launch deadly attacks on the first full day of the Buhari presidency in Nigeria; humanitarian concerns as villagers flee renewed fighting in Mali; and Nigeria's agriculture minister wins the AfDB presidency.More
  • NewsBrief, 16-25 May 2015

    This week's focus: West Africa could become the second-fast growing African region in 2016, following East Africa; the African Economic Outlook 2015 recommends capitalising on youth and developing rural-urban trade corridors; the AfDB launches a new Gender Equality Index for Africa; ECOWAS approves several gender action plans; and Burkina Faso records progress in the area of freedom of the press.More
  • NewsBrief, 1-15 May 2015

    This week's focus: no lasting peace in Mali without an inclusive agreement; President Faure Gnassingbé sworn in for a third term; SWAC viewpoint published in Le Monde Afrique on the unchanging Togolese electoral geography; ECOWAS builds ties with civil society in favour of integration; and Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, a young Senegalese writer wins the Ahmadou Kourouma Award.More
  • NewsBrief, 14-20 April 2015

    This week's focus: Malians set their sights on 15 May for the signing of a peace agreement; Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone seek a USD 8 billion "Marshall Plan" for Ebola recovery; ECOWAS condemns xenophobic violence in South Africa; the European Union offers EUR 100 million in special assistance for the transition in Burkina Faso; and Liberia's new health minister is known as a "woman of character".More
  • NewsBrief, 7-13 April 2015

    This week’s focus: CILSS led its statutory meetings in Bamako; presidential candidates hit the campaign trail in Togo; franc zone countries stand with Mali against terrorism; neighbouring countries suspend poultry imports from Burkina Faso over bird flu; and sub-Saharan Africa falls short of Millennium Development Goal targets in education.More
  • NewsBrief, 31 March – 6 April 2015

    Nigeria celebrates first peaceful, democratic transition; food security experts confirm an overall satisfactory agricultural campaign; Burkina Faso makes progress in transition process; and a special focus on the Nigerian election results.More
  • NewsBrief, 24-30 March 2015

    This week’s focus: High turnout in Nigerian election despite security concerns and technical shortcomings; development partners pledge more than EUR 1 billion toward a "fresh start" in Guinea-Bissau; and ECOWAS/ECREEE seeks to spark women's interest in energy sector careers.More
  • NewsBrief, 17-23 March 2015

    This week's focus: UEMOA High-level Committee on Food Security adopts a ten-year programme; AU supports Algiers peace agreement and hopes for a rapid signing in Mali; security sector reform in Guinea-Bissau should rank high on the agenda of the donor roundtable in Brussels; the IFPRI Global Food Policy Report focuses on the role of middle income countries in eliminating hunger and malnutrition; and the ECOWAS Commission launches a new website.More
  • NewsBrief, 10-16 March 2015

    This week's focus: Ebola could cost the region billions in annual losses through 2017; UEMOA takes stock of priority agricultural sectors; Nigeria on the eve of high-risk elections; and the need for co-ordination to improve the effectiveness of strategies for the Sahel.More
  • NewsBrief, 3-9 March 2015

    This week's focus: ECOWAS honours female film directors and salutes West African women as major actors in development; CILSS and its Agrhymet Regional Centre celebrate 40 years of action for food security; Mali vows to stand strong in the face of terrorist attacks; and the AfDB's West Africa Monitor examines health challenges.More
  • NewsBrief, 24 February – 2 March 2015

    This week's focus: Food Crisis Prevention Network reports generally stable conditions; tackling statelessness, ECOWAS states seek to ensure citizenship and a sense of belonging; Mali draft accord offers "promise of peace"; and Nigeria's president thanks troops for recapturing territory from Boko Haram.More
  • NewsBrief, 17-23 February 2015

    This week’s focus: Land management experts meet to advance Great Green Wall initiative; parties in the inter-Malian dialogue agree to an immediate halt to violence; the UN outlines humanitarian plan for the Sahel; UEMOA emphasises results in its integration and development agenda; and Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako advocates greater support for arts and culture.More
  • NewsBrief, 10-16 February 2015

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS, UEMOA and the World Bank hold second Tripartite meeting on regional integration and economic transformation; Guinea-Bissau launches inclusive dialogue to identify AGIR priorities; Mali's prime minister attends "crucial" meeting with peace process mediators in Algiers; and USAID supports innovative tools and approaches to combat the Ebola outbreak.More
  • NewsBrief, 3-9 February 2015

    This week’s focus: Protesters take aim at the elite presidential guard in Burkina Faso; Ebola cases increase for the first time in 2015; experts examine initial studies on sustainable irrigation in the Sahel; and ECOWAS highlights the work of the West Africa Institute.More
  • NewsBrief, 27 January - 2 February 2015

    This week’s focus: African leaders launch year of women's empowerment during a summit dominated by terrorism and Ebola; anti-MINUSMA protests turn violent in northern Mali; region experts reflect on a strategy for cross-border transhumance; and UEMOA seeks proposals on sustainable energy.More
  • NewsBrief, 20-26 January 2015

    This week's focus: UEMOA leaders adopt a new Convergence Pact at their Cotonou summit; Interconnectedness, investment and inclusiveness are the three key challenges for Africa, which were highlighted by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría at the World Economic Forum in Davos; and ECOWAS ministers validate draft texts to promote gender equality in the region.More
  • NewsBrief, 13-19 January 2015

    This week’s focus: Surprise visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to north-eastern Nigeria; Boko Haram strikes in Cameroon while Chadian soldiers prepare their deployment in northern Cameroon; The European Union, ECOWAS and UEMOA launch two major programmes in support of trade, investment and industrial development; and Mali is officially declared Ebola-free.More
  • NewsBrief, 6-12 January 2015

    This week’s focus: West Africa leaders participate in Paris solidarity march; Boko Haram uses young girls as suicide bombers; Malian President IBK names Modibo Keita as new Prime Minister and reshuffles government ahead of the third round of peace talks in Algiers; and the WHO is optimistic about rolling out an Ebola vaccine in West Africa shortly.More
  • NewsBrief, 23 Dec 2014 – 5 Jan 2015

    West African leaders deliver their New Year wishes and announce new priority projects for 2015; failed coup attempt in The Gambia; Boko Haram seizes army base in north-eastern Nigeria and abducts 40 boys and young men; Liberia plans to reopen schools in February; and Marie Danielle Bougaïré Zangreyanogho is the new head of the Burkina Faso Radio and TV broadcasting organisation, RTB.More
  • NewsBrief, 16-22 December 2014

    This week’s focus: the Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC/OECD) launches an Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel highlighting the need for stability and development initiatives in the region to incorporate mobile and cross-border considerations; the European Commission confirms that the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR) is “on track” and reiterates its long-term commitment to support the Alliance; the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) confirms a globally satisfying food and nutrition situation; Sahel G5 leaders approve a 15 USD billion Priority Investment Programme and asked the UN Security Council and the African Union to set up an international force for intervention in Libya.More
  • NewsBrief, 9-15 December 2014

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS leaders launch the Common External Tariff at their 46th ordinary summit; CILSS warns of food insecurity in parts of the western Sahel; ECOWAS forecasts strong economic growth despite the impact of the Ebola outbreak; ministers take stock of progress on peace and democracy in 2014 and look ahead to next year; and opposition parties stage mass protests in Benin and Togo.More
  • NewsBrief, 2-8 December 2014

    This week's focus: The AU leverages mobile technology to combat Ebola; APESS celebrates its 25th anniversary and seeks to transform family livestock; the EU allocates EUR 10 million for institutional capacity building in UEMOA; Chad assumes the presidency of the UN Security Council; and SWAC prepares to launch "An Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel".More
  • NewsBrief, 25 November - 1 December 2014

    This week’s focus: Authorities make final preparations for the ECOWAS Common External Tariff; Francophone summit focuses on youth and women's empowerment; regional actors share experiences and best practices for building resilience in the Sahel; and The Gambia and Mauritania join the list of countries that have achieved the MGD target for reducing hunger.More
  • NewsBrief, 18-24 November 2014

    This week’s focus: Burkina Faso's new transitional government takes power amid concerns about the army's influence; the WHO says Ebola cases are "no longer rising" in Guinea and Liberia; food security experts forecast an above average 2014-15 crop year; Mali opens a third round of peace talks with northern militant groups; and the UN rallies international support for Guinea-Bissau.More
  • NewsBrief, 11- 17 November 2014

    This week’s focus: Burkina Faso returns to civilian rule with the appointment of diplomat Michel Kafando as interim president; Boko Haram militants ousted after seizing Chibok, hometown of the abducted schoolgirls; human rights groups demand the release of detained anti-slavery activists in Mauritania; ECOWAS has a new specialised agency for infrastructure development; and ministers pledge to increase resources for higher education and scientific research.More
  • NewsBrief, 4-10 November 2014

    This week's focus: Burkina Faso prepares a transition charter under the aegis of ECOWAS; West African countries contribute USD 7.7 million to the regional Ebola fund; contributing countries call for a stronger MINUSMA; the Boko Haram threat nears the border with Niger; UEMOA reviews progress on policy reforms and programme implementation; and UNDP and the WFP attempt to assess the impact of Ebola.More
  • NewsBrief, 28 October - 3 November 2014

    This week’s focus: Burkina Faso witnesses the end of an era as President Blaise Compaoré resigns; signs of progress offer "glimmers of hope" for the Ebola containment effort; Boko Haram leader denies reports of a ceasefire in Nigeria; and Ghana calls for "business unusual" on Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security.More
  • NewsBrief, 21-27 October 2014

    This week’s focus: UEMOA celebrates its 20th anniversary and looks for new ways forward to boost solidarity-based development in West Africa; the international response to Ebola is being strengthened as Mali confirms its first case; SWAC/OECD and the NEPAD Agency sign MoU to strengthen collaboration in the areas of agriculture-food security and security-stability; AU Commission Chairperson Zuma and Burkina Faso President Compaoré present their viewpoints on current development challenges.More
  • NewsBrief, 14-20 October 2014

    This week’s focus: AfDB approves USD 231 million to back resilience-building strategies in the Sahel; Nigeria says kidnapped schoolgirls will be released under ceasefire deal with Boko Haram; farmers in Burkina Faso set an example for climate-smart agriculture; and IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze warns of impending crisis on World Food Day.More
  • NewsBrief, 7-13 October 2014

    This week's focus: Lake Chad Basin countries establish a joint military force against terrorism; the EU organises a humanitarian airlift for countries affected by Ebola; students in Sierra Leone receive their lessons through mass media due to the outbreak; ECOWAS deploys an exploratory mission to Togo ahead of the 2015 presidential election; Senegal discovers oil offshore; and the World Bank projects 5.2% GDP growth for Africa in 2015-16.More
  • NewsBrief, 30 September – 6 October 2014

    This week’s focus: Experts hail Nigerian experience as model for containing Ebola; a militant attack kills nine Nigerien peacekeepers in Mali; ECOWAS seeks proposals for EUR 2 billion food security innovation initiative; Ghana's non-traditional exports make inroads into the West African market; and Liberia seeks regional expertise to develop its oil sector.More
  • NewsBrief, 23-29 September 2014

    This week’s focus: West African leaders further mobilise in the fight against Ebola; CILSS warns about the negative impact of the outbreak on the region’s fragile food security situation; UN Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) starts work in Accra; and Nigeria boosts its fight against Boko Haram; and Cape Verde placed number 2 on the 2014 Ibrahim Index of Africa Governance.More
  • NewsBrief, 16-22 September 2014

    This week’s focus: several new partnership agreements to support West Africa’s regional agenda: the CILSS/AfDB resilience programme for the Sahel; the new USAID West Africa Trade Hub; the EU/ECOWAS programme to stop the proliferation of small arms and a renewed commitment by ECOWAS development partners to support peace and security in the region.More
  • NewsBrief, 9-15 September 2014

    This week’s focus: Arab Gulf companies invest USD 19 billion in UEMOA infrastructure projects; ECOWAS defence chiefs review security situation and pledge military support in the fight against Ebola; EU and ECOWAS plan to implement a 29.3 million euro peace, security and stability initiative; Julius Oketta is the new head of the AU Ebola operation and Ibn Chambas is the newly appointed UN Representative for the Sahel and head of UNOWA.More
  • NewsBrief, 2-8 September 2014

    This week's focus: UEMOA Commission and partners launch "Invest in UEMOA" regional initiative in Dubai; the EU contributes EUR 140 million to the fight against Ebola; PREGEC members takes stock of the 2014-15 crop year within the framework of the RPCA; Burkina Faso postpones the International Tourism and Hospitality Show (SITHO) and the Ouagadougou International Crafts Fair (SIAO) to prevent the spread of Ebola.More
  • NewsBrief, 26 August – 1 September 2014

    This week’s focus: West African health ministers take new measures to contain the widening Ebola outbreak; peace talks in Mali finally resume one year after president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta took office; continued Boko Haram violence prompts thousands of Nigerians to flee to Cameroon; and Africa Drylands Week highlights achievements in the fight against desertification.More
  • NewsBrief, 19-25 August 2014

    This week’s focus: West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is becoming a worldwide challenge; Chad launches inclusive national dialogue process to identify resilience priorities and foster food security; flood victims in Niger need urgent humanitarian assistance; and CILSS Day will focus on challenges related to the demographic transition.More
  • NewsBrief, 29 July - 4 August 2014

    This week’s focus: mini summit launches USD 100 million Ebola response plan; heads of state travel to Washington for the inaugural US-Africa Leaders Summit; Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz is sworn in for second term; and UEMOA allocates USD 200 million to support countries facing flooding and food insecurity.More
  • NewsBrief, 22-28 July 2014

    This week’s focus: negotiators adopt a roadmap for talks aimed at finding a lasting peace in Mali; health and border authorities are placed on alert after an Ebola patient manages to board a flight from Liberia to Nigeria; ECOWAS renewable energy centre shares its expertise with Caribbean partners; UEMOA validates plans for solar power plants in six member countries; and CILSS enlists journalists in the fight against food insecurity.More
  • NewsBrief, 15-21 July 2014

    This week's focus: new African infrastructure initiatives: AU plans for a high speed railway system, Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF) and the Africa50 Fund; CILSS and ECOWAS explore political, legal, institutional and financial implications of accelerated institutional rapprochement; a new action plan to boost youth employment to be approved by African ministers; and several months needed to control Ebola outbreak.More
  • NewsBrief, 8-14 July 2014

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS summit approves Ebola fund and free trade deal with the EU; Sahel initiative aims to empower women and capture "demographic dividend"; UEMOA begins review of policy implantation in member states; and a Togolese inventor wins an international prize for innovation.More
  • NewsBrief, 1-7 July 2014

    This week’s focus: UEMOA and ECOWAS establish a platform to align strategies for economic development; health ministers agree to set up a USD 10 million fund for Ebola research; the Tunisian president completes a fruitful visit to the Sahel; and the UEMOA Commission considers a regional response to low fertiliser usage.More
  • NewsBrief, 24-30 June 2014

    This week's focus: the Security Council extends the mandate of the Mali peacekeeping mission; the WHO calls for an emergency meeting to address the Ebola outbreak; the AfDB adopts a new strategy on resilience; hordes of caterpillars destroy crops in Liberia; and re-mapping the Sahel: security experts explore transnational challenges.More
  • NewsBrief, 17-23 June 2014

    This week’s focus: African leaders meet in Malabo to boost Africa’s agricultural transformation agenda; Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz is re-elected with 82% of votes in a boycotted election; Guinea-Bissau completes democratic transition with the inauguration of President Vaz; and development partners pledge some USD 11 billion in support of Benin’s new development strategy.More
  • NewsBrief, 10-16 June 2014

    This week’s focus: African leaders outline innovative strategies to fund infrastructural transformation; ECOWAS and China agree to establish a consultative mechanism to guide co-operation; the ICC says former Ivoirian President Laurent Gbagbo will stand trial; Touareg militant commit to negotiations in Mali; and ECOWAS cheers regional teams at the World Cup.More
  • NewsBrief, 3-9 June 2014

    This week’s focus: African leaders put forth Common Position on post-MDG framework; Gulf of Guinea countries sign agreement to establish the Inter-regional Co-ordination Centre for security; ECREEE invites proposals under Renewable Energy Facility; and Senegalese fishermen offer a vision for sustainability on World Oceans Day.More
  • NewsBrief, 27 May - 2 June 2014

    This week's focus: West African leaders hold extraordinary security summit; a tentative step toward peace talks in Mali; ECOWAS launches common statistics database for economic integration; and CILSS seeks to boost local capacity in project management and oversight.More
  • NewsBrief, 20-26 May 2014

    This week's focus: Mali government reaches ceasefire agreement with three main armed groups; José Mario Vaz wins the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau with 61.9% of the vote; political tensions escalate in Niger; Guinea plans to invest USD 21 million in agriculture; ECOWAS deploys biolarvicides in the fight against malaria; and Senegal launches inclusive dialogue on “national resilience priorities “, within the framework of the Global Alliance for Resilience (AGIR).More
  • NewsBrief, 13-19 May 2014

    This week’s focus: Boko Haram security summit in Paris highlights the need for increased regional co-operation; Guinea-Bissau votes in peaceful presidential run-off; deadly clashes in Kidal between MNLA forces and the Malian army provoke new tensions; ECOWAS reviews its flagship protocol on the free movement of people; Mali donors take stock of their financial commitments; and the 13th edition of the African Economic Outlook is launched in Kigali.More
  • NewsBrief, 6-12 May 2014

    This week's focus: UEMOA High-level Committee on Food Security urges immediate measures in support of vulnerable populations in Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger and Senegal; ECOWAS retreat in Bamako aimed at fine-tuning the ECOWAS Strategy for the Sahel; AGIR focal points and civil society representatives meet in Ouagadougou to set up dialogue platforms for private sector actors and civil society associations; and France offers to host security summit on Boko Haram and reorganises its military presence in West Africa.More
  • NewsBrief, 30 April - 5 May 2014

    This week’s focus: Mano River Union countries agree on major projects; regional actors discuss the Regional Indicative Programme of the 11th European Development Fund; Guinea reports good progress in the fight against the Ebola virus; Austria invites African researchers and practitioners to reflect on the role of family farming during Agrinature Science Days.More
  • NewsBrief, 22-29 April 2014

    AGIR stakeholders present their vision of resilience; USAID, ECOWAS brainstorm on food security to improve national and regional co-operation; CILSS and partners hold second task force meeting to define orientations of the Regional Sahel Pastoralism Support Project (PRAPS); and the European Commission launches a new website to improve transparency on development and humanitarian aid.More
  • NewsBrief, 15-21 April 2014

    This week’s focus: Guinea-Bissau’s “credible” election heads to second round; Abuja bombing and mass kidnapping signal new escalation in Boko Haram conflict; UEMOA forecasts 7% growth in 2014; ECOWAS and IOM team up to enhance free movement; and Nigeria’s agricultural resilience plan is hailed as a model for Africa.More
  • NewsBrief, 8-14 April 2014

    This week’s focus: the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA) examines results of the 2013-14 agricultural campaign and makes recommendations to assist the most vulnerable populations; AGIR stakeholders take stock of the implementation of the Regional Roadmap to foster resilience; Guinea-Bissau reports high participation in long-awaited general elections; and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf voices African position at high-level meeting on post-2015 agenda.More
  • NewsBrief, 1-7 April 2014

    This week’s focus: EU-Africa summit highlights trade and security; Chadian troops withdraw from MISCA (CAR); Nigeria overtakes South Africa to become Africa’s biggest economy; CILSS shares experience with Eastern Africa on drought resilience and disaster risk management; and former Guinea-Bissau President Kumba Yala dies.More
  • NewsBrief, 25-31 March 2014

    This week’s focus: Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama elected chairman of ECOWAS; West African countries mobilise to confront Ebola outbreak; five million people need immediate food assistance in the Sahel; and Godwin Emefiele confirmed as the new governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.More
  • NewsBrief, 18-24 March 2014

    This week’s focus: CILSS launches BRICKS programme to support Great Green Wall; ECOWAS and UEMOA leaders discuss the impact of the EPA; Côte d’Ivoire transfers Gbagbo’s youth minister to the ICC; and Liberia opens Livestock Policy Hub to improve quality and productivity; and remembering West African demographer Dieudonné Ouédraogo.More
  • NewsBrief, 11-17 March 2014

    This week’s focus: Togo launches inclusive dialogue on national resilience priorities; Ivoirian President Ouattara will not seek renewed ECOWAS mandate; international forces strike blows against Islamists in Mali; the UN warns of increasing food insecurity in the Sahel; and West Africa mourns former Sierra Leonean President Kabbah.More
  • NewsBrief, 4-10 March 2014

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS officials endorse a guiding framework for the 2016-2020 Community Strategic Plan; UN shifts focus from peacebuilding to development in Sierra Leone; Senegal hosts multinational naval exercise to strengthen co-operation on maritime security; Gaddafi’s son faces justice in Libya after extradition from Niger; and Côte d’Ivoire hopes a revised mining code will attract new investment.More
  • NewsBrief, 25 February – 3 March 2014

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS, FAO and partners launch the ECOWAS Zero Hunger Initiative aimed at eradicating hunger in West Africa by 2025; Guinea-Bissau is preparing to hold long-delayed presidential and legislative elections on 14 April; President Mahama takes stock of Ghana’s transformation into a middle-income country; UNESCO monitoring report acknowledges that not a single MDG educational goal will be achieved globally by 2015.More
  • NewsBrief, 18-24 February 2014

    This week’s focus: UEMOA marks 20th anniversary with focus on growth and jobs; ECOWAS to boost troops in Guinea-Bissau ahead of elections; North and West African diplomats seek greater co-operation on Sahel security; and the Nigerian central banker’s suspension draws market reaction.More
  • NewsBrief, 11-17 February 2014

    This week’s focus: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger form G5-Sahel to improve regional co-operation in the field of security and development; radical Islamists kill 106 people in Borno State of Nigeria; CILSS ministers close the 49th Ordinary Session; and West Africa’s trade and finance ministers are expected to approve a minimal EPA agreement with the EU.More
  • NewsBrief, 4-10 February 2014

    This week’s focus: poor performance of West African countries on Oxfam’s “Good Enough to Eat Index”; ECOWAS takes stock of its intervention in Mali; Niger: rising tensions between pro-government supporters and the opposition; and female genital mutilation remains a key challenge for West Africa.More
  • NewsBrief, 28 January - 3 February 2014

    This week’s focus: AU launches “Year of Agriculture” as Mauritanian president takes the helm; Moroccan King’s diplomacy in Mali; UEMOA stock market sets new record; ECOWAS leaders advance the Abidjan-Lagos highway project; and Côte d’Ivoire invites investments in key sectors.More
  • NewsBrief, 21-27 January 2014

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS appoints seven new commissioners; regional and international partners co-operate on law enforcement; CILSS holds consultations on expanding irrigation; the UN warns of deteriorating security in Mali; and former ruling party members form a new party in Burkina Faso.More
  • NewsBrief, 14-20 January 2014

    This week’s focus: Presidents Bouteflika and IBK agree on common regional security challenges and aim at intensifying their co-operation; world agriculture ministers plan to develop an efficient, adaptable and resilient agricultural sector building on “diversity, sustainability and productivity”; EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht is optimistic about the conclusion of EPA negotiations; Nigeria’s anti-gay law provokes international outrage.More
  • NewsBrief, 7-13 January 2014

    This week’s focus: thousands of West Africans flee violence in the Central African Republic (CAR); ECOWAS projects 7.1% GDP growth for West Africa; Nigerian CBN governor claims that USD 49.8 billion oil revenue is missing; Mali and Mauritania sign a co-operation agreement to fight terrorism.More
  • NewsBrief, 1-6 January 2014

    This week's focus: West African leaders delivered their New Year’s wishes focusing on peace, economic development, the fight against corruption and terrorism; Nigeria and Chad start two-year mandate as elected Members of the UN Security Council; 75 prominent Burkina be government figures step down to protest against the ruling party plans to amend the Constitution.More
  • NewsBrief, 9-15 December 2013

    This week’s focus: Mali completes its electoral process; ECOWAS and UEMOA exchange notes on major integration projects; USD 184 million for the Trans-Sahara Highway; UEMOA projects 7% growth in 2014; and signs of thaw in the political climates of Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea.More
  • NewsBrief, 2-8 December 2013

    This week’s focus: African and French leaders vow to strengthen co-operation on security; national monitoring committees report strong macroeconomic performance; Nigeria hosts D-8 conference on food security; Sierra Leone’s landmark tribunal closes its doors; and West Africa bids farewell to Nelson Mandela.More
  • NewsBrief, 25 November - 1 December 2013

    This week’s focus: SWAW focuses on AGIR progress and security in the Saharo-Sahel zone; Touareg separatists declare return to arms in Mali; Mauritania awaits outcome of general elections; partners pledge USD 6 billion to help transform Guinea; and the Dakar International Fair brings the world to Senegal.More
  • NewsBrief, 18-24 November 2013

    This week’s focus: SWAW 2013 focuses on resilience; 3rd Afro-Arab summit aims to increase investment; ECOWAS to regulate informal trade; observers commend legislative elections in Mali; and Senegal leads the continent on economic contribution of the Internet.More
  • NewsBrief, 11-17 November 2013

    This week’s focus: The Sahel and the Maghreb partner on border security; BOAD celebrates its 40th anniversary; Mali’s government regains control of Kidal administrative buildings; Guinea-Bissau postpones presidential election until March; and Burkina Faso maintains its dominance in the 3rd ECOWAS Cycling Tour.More
  • NewsBrief, 4-10 November 2013

    This week’s focus: the UN Secretary-General leads an historic visit to show international solidarity with the Sahel; CILSS brings East and West Africa together in support of resilience; Mali says parliamentary election will go ahead as scheduled; West African and European officials agree to resume EPA negotiations; and ECOWAS leaders urge citizens to seize their rights and opportunities.More
  • NewsBrief, 28 October - 3 November 2013

    This week’s focus: A multi-dimensional look at building resilience in the Sahel; the 7th ECOWAS trade fair gets under way in Accra; Guinea-Bissau postpones critical general elections; protests greet the start of reconciliation talks in Mali; and renewable energy entrepreneurs showcase investment-ready innovations.More
  • NewsBrief, 21-27 October 2013

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS leaders adopt the common external tariff; UEMOA establishes common policy on peace and security; a new military offensive against militants in northern Mali; CILSS and USAID boost co-operation; and improving early warning systems for conflict prevention.More
  • NewsBrief, 14-20 October 2013

    This week’s focus: OHADA reviews progress after 20 years of action; officials call for more UN troops in Mali; Chad and Nigeria win seats on the Security Council; Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia discuss social cohesion; UEMOA ministers endorse a common system for fisheries management; and tracking global hunger in 2013.More
  • NewsBrief, 7-13 October 2013

    This week’s focus: West African leaders participate in OECD Forum on Africa; observers raise concerns over parliamentary elections in Guinea; a new regional maritime security centre in Benin; and ECOWAS countries team up against environmental crime.More
  • NewsBrief, 30 September – 6 October 2013

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS launches a new agency to co-ordinate agricultural policy; opposition leaders call for the annulment of legislative elections in Guinea; agricultural production rebounds from a late onset of rains; and ECOWAS ministers suggest the common external tariff should take effect in 2015.More
  • NewsBrief, 23-29 September 2013

    This week’s focus: Renewed violence raises concerns in Mali; voters turn out for parliamentary elections in Guinea; assessing progress ten years after the Maputo Declaration; and employers appreciate West African MBAs.More
  • NewsBrief, 16-22 September 2013

    This week’s focus: Mali’s government announces dates for parliamentary elections; towards a fiscal transition in the ECOWAS zone; the UN extends its mission in Liberia; and a new consultation framework for West African parliamentarians.More
  • NewsBrief, 9-15 September 2013

    This week’s focus: CILSS celebrates its 40th anniversary; the role of the private sector in higher education; ministers adopt a plan to confront desertification; renewed tensions in Kidal; and road harassment increases the cost of basic foodstuffs.More
  • NewsBrief, 2-8 September 2013

    This week’s focus: Mali’s President IBK takes office; President Compaoré escapes apparent assassination attempt; UEMOA may miss 2014 growth targets; and a regional partnership to improve medical education and healthcare delivery.More
  • NewsBrief, 26 August - 1 September 2013

    This week’s focus: Protecting civil aviation from emerging security threats; CILSS supports participative approach in AGIR implementation; empowering women in business; and a radio studio with a mission in Mali.More
  • NewsBrief, 19-25 August 2013

    This week’s focus: Mali turns its focus to legislative elections; Benin and Liberia launch a co-operation commission; Côte d’Ivoire moves to electrify Mano River countries; and Nigeria reports progress toward ending rice imports.More
  • NewsBrief, 12-18 August 2013

    This week’s focus: West Africa welcomes Mali’s president-elect; the AfDB supports resilience initiatives in Benin, Mauritania and Sierra Leone; advancing the Eco project; and Nigeria becomes the first African country to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty.More
  • NewsBrief, 5-11 August 2013

    This week’s focus: Malians await presidential election results; a new Ghanaian airline gets its wings; ground-breaking progress in malaria elimination campaign; and African youth demand a greater role in governance.More
  • NewsBrief, 29 July - 4 August 2013

    This week’s focus: Highlighting the role of women in agriculture and food security; Mali schedules a presidential election runoff; humanitarian agencies report a USD 1 billion shortfall in funding for the Sahel; UEMOA outlines a strategy for youth employment; and Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire set an example for regional integration.More
  • NewsBrief, 22-28 July 2013

    This week’s focus: Mali and Togo hold key elections; West Africa Gas Pipeline resumes deliveries; CILSS gets a new leader; and protecting and promoting West African culture.More
  • NewsBrief, 15-21 July 2013

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS Summit focuses on Guinea Bissau and Mali; African leaders commit to eradication of HIV, TB and Malaria by 2030; ECOWAS, UEMOA and the World Bank join forces to reinforce integration; and UEMOA moves to revive its Regional Solar Energy Centre.More
  • NewsBrief, 8-14 July 2013

    This week’s focus: Election campaign gears up in Mali; ECOWAS steps up fight against money laundering; a draft artisanal code for UEMOA; BOAD to invest in Guinea-Bissau; Nigeria and China sign new co-operation agreements; and the food situation and crop forecasts for 2013.More
  • NewsBrief, 1-7 July 2013

    This week’s focus: Mali lifts state of emergency, launches election campaign; Senegal arrests former Chadian president; ECOWAS makes agricultural market information available online; African leaders pledge to end hunger by 2025; and towards a sustainable lighting strategy for West Africa.More
  • NewsBrief, 24-30 June 2013

    This week’s focus: US president meets with Senegalese farmers; security concerns undermine FDI inflows; a new code of conduct on maritime security; the UN peacekeeping mission comes into force in Mali; and strengthening flood defences ahead of the rainy season.More
  • NewsBrief, 17-23 June 2013

    This week’s focus: The international community welcomes the ceasefire accord on presidential elections in Mali; ECOWAS Council of Ministers discusses economic partnership with the EU; PREGEC issues rainy season advisory; and Ghana aims to add 1 000 MW of electrical capacity.More
  • NewsBrief, 10-16 June 2013

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS and UEMOA seek synergies on integration; Malian stakeholders sign Kidal peace agreement; Chad launches drilling in new oil field; USD 11 million to restore Timbuktu cultural sites; and Nigeria's population could exceed that of the United States by 2050.More
  • NewsBrief, 3-9 June 2013

    This week’s focus: Benin and Nigeria join G8 food security initiative; The US puts a price on West African militants; Japan supports security initiatives in the Sahel; ECOWAS showcases investment potential; and Ghana gets tough on illegal mining.More
  • NewsBrief, 27 May-2 June 2013

    This week’s focus: N’Djaména conference links pastoralism and security; Celebrating 38 years of ECOWAS; Mali sets dates for presidential election; experts predict a wet rainy season; and a new generation of rice for Africa.More
  • NewsBrief, 20-26 May 2013

    This week’s focus: Celebrating 50 years of pan-Africanism; Niger terror attacks raise regional concerns; UN appoints head of Mali peacekeeping mission; Information centre to facilitate Côte d’Ivoire-Ghana trade; and CILSS publishes Quality Charter for food security information.More
  • NewsBrief, 13-19 May 2013

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS and EU discuss governance and food security; EUR 3.2 billion for the reconstruction of Mali; project to refill Lake Chad to launch in 2017; Niger returns 15% of oil and mining revenues to host communities; and the IFC supports business climate improvements in Côte d’Ivoire.More
  • NewsBrief, 6-12 May 2013

    This week’s focus: World Economic Forum on Africa; Mali’s government seeks to reassert control over Kidal; a new team at the head of CILSS; a regional effort to combat malaria; and Burkina Faso promotes culture as a tool for development.More
  • NewsBrief, 29 April-5 May 2013

    This week’s focus: FEWS NET issues food price warning; political protests turn deadly in Guinea; security forces foil coup plot in Chad; ECOWAS moves to strengthen Parliament mandate; and Manu River countries seek greater transport links.More
  • NewsBrief, 22-28 April 2013

    This week’s focus: UN to send peacekeepers to Mali; conflicting accounts amid escalation of violence in Nigeria; charting a course for the Abidjan-Lagos highway; and the Innovation Prize for Africa highlights West African talent.More
  • NewsBrief, 15-21 April 2013

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS promotes girls’ education; a new West African network to improve the management of transparent and democratic elections; Côte d’Ivoire holds local elections; and three political parties quit Mauritania’s ruling coalition.More
  • NewsBrief, 8-14 April 2013

    This week’s focus: Stakeholders approve roadmap for the Global Alliance for Resilience; withdrawal of French and Chadian troops from northern Mali, EU offers CFA francs 13 billion in support of economic governance; and confronting illegal trade in cultural goods.More
  • NewsBrief, 1-7 April 2013

    This week’s focus: CILSS ministerial meeting focuses on resilience-building initiatives; ECOWAS and development partners meet to improve co-ordination and foster regional integration; SWAC launches a new interactive tool to map regional settlement trends and better inform food security policies.More
  • NewsBrief, 25-31 March 2013

    This week’s focus: Emerging giants engage with Africa; a new Asian power on the continent; UN Secretary-General envisions 11 000 peacekeepers in Mali; three West African leaders visit the White House; Senegal seeks opportunity in Islamic finance; and West Africa says good-bye to Chinua Achebe.More
  • NewsBrief, 18-24 March 2013

    This week’s focus: Mali, one year after the military coup; UEMOA presents annual report, records 5.8% GDP growth; the EU reviews its Sahel strategy, names a new representative; ECOWAS prepares new strategic orientations for 2016-2020 and adopts a new common external tariff.More
  • NewsBrief, 11-17 March 2013

    This week’s focus: Towards a UN stabilisation mission in Mali; strengthening military co-operation between Mali and Mauritania; increased agricultural production in the Sahel and West Africa; Côte d’Ivoire seeks new investment from Lebanon and Kuwait; tense political dialogue in Togo; and a new vaccination campaign against measles and rubella.More
  • NewsBrief, 4-10 March 2013

    This week's focus: Ghana continues to suffer from power sector problems; failed coup attempt to oust Benin's President Boni Yayi; ECOWAS plans to establish biometric identity cards for community citizens; and new taxes on banana and rubber to fund agricultural research in Côte d’Ivoire.More
  • NewsBrief, 26 February-3 March 2013

    This week’s focus: Regional leaders gather for 42nd ECOWAS Summit; West Africa shows robust economic growth; new partnerships to meet the climate challenge; and Senegal takes top honours at FESPACO.More
  • NewsBrief, 18-25 February 2013

    This week’s focus: President Koroma puts national prosperity at the heart of second term; new strategies to combat terrorism and piracy; UEMOA uses public-private partnerships to develop renewable energy sector; and a new electoral impasse in Guinea.More
  • NewsBrief, 11-17 February 2013

    This week’s focus: strategic reorientation for AFISMA; creation of a Peace and Security Council at CEN-SAD; Burkina Faso joins the New Alliance for Food Security; FPI announces boycott of Ivorian municipal elections; and progress on the Cotonou-Niamey-Ouagadougou-Abidjan rail loop.More
  • NewsBrief, 4-10 February 2013

    This week’s focus: debate on Mali’s future and setbacks: Islamist insurgents attack Gao, suicide bombings and fratricide attacks; Ghana, no longer a haven for Gbagbo supporters?; new initiatives to fight terrorism and drug trafficking; and Nigeria wins the African Cup of Nations, a success for all of West Africa.More
  • NewsBrief, 28 January - 3 February 2013

    This week’s focus: Donors pledge USD 450 million for Mali intervention; West Africa leads on press freedom; ECOWAS and USAID join forces to promote food trade; and Gambian civil servants get a day off.More
  • NewsBrief, 21-27 January 2013

    This week’s focus: Liberation of Goa and Timbuktu; slow deployment of African forces (AFISMA); progress toward “Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline”; Côte d’Ivoire benefits from the UEMOA Regional Economic Programme; and South-South co-operation: new Chinese and Indian loans for Benin and Burkina Faso.More
  • NewsBrief, 14-20 January 2013

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS engages in the war in northern Mali; EU prioritises humanitarian aid for the Sahel; fire engulfs two large markets in Togo; UEMOA programme to support SMEs; Blé Goudé extradited to Côte d’Ivoire; and West Africa is favoured in CAN 2013.More
  • NewsBrief, 7-13 January 2013

    This week’s focus: French-led military intervention stops Islamist offensive in northern Mali; IMF supports Côte d’Ivoire’s economic recovery and reconciliation process; new co-operation agreements between Niger-Turkey and China-Côte d’Ivoire and a new FESPACO Special Peace and Security Prize for filmmakers.More
  • NewsBrief, 31 Dec 2012 - 6 Jan 2013

    This week’s focus: West Africa welcomes the New Year; Mali Islamist group revokes ceasefire; Ghana opposition shuns inauguration; and the regional food security outlook for 2013.More
  • NewsBrief, 10-16 December 2012

    This week’s focus: new transitional government formed by Malian Prime Minister Diango Cissoko; officials move to advance a common external tariff; ECOWAS ministers urge action on youth employment; and Lagos is the new game in town.More
  • NewsBrief, 3-9 December 2012

    This week’s focus: Stakeholders launch the Global Alliance for Resilience Initiative (AGIR); Ghana’s president wins new mandate; West Africa shows strong macroeconomic performance; and UEMOA rewards quality in business.More
  • NewsBrief, 26 November-2 December 2012

    This week’s focus: Burkina Faso welcomes Sahel and West Africa Week; Burkinabe voters chose a new parliament; the UN Chief supports international intervention in Mali; and West Africa shows mixed progress on World AIDS Day.More
  • NewsBrief, 19-25 November 2012

    This week’s focus: Sierra Leonean voters give Koroma a second mandate; Mauritania’s president returns after lengthy recovery abroad; The ICC orders the arrest of Simone Gbagbo; and the cocoa industry converges on Côte d’Ivoire.More
  • NewsBrief, 12-18 November 2012

    This week’s focus: Sierra Leoneans go to the polls; Ivorian president sacks cabinet; AU approves Mali intervention plan; and Côte d’Ivoire returns to the skies.More
  • NewsBrief, 5-11 November 2012

    This week’s focus: Campaigns in full swing as election season gets underway; ECOWAS leaders approve a military strategy for Mali; Cocoa growers benefit from price guarantees; and UEMOA’s central bank marks a half century.More
  • NewsBrief, 29 October - 4 November 2012

    This week’s focus: Mali militants come to the negotiation table; Mauritanian opposition agitates in President’s absence; regional fisheries seen as vulnerable to collapse; and UEMOA launches information system for agriculture markets.More
  • NewsBrief, 22-28 October 2012

    This week’s focus: Flooding impacts millions in West Africa; Failed plots against the leaders of Benin and Guinea-Bissau; ECOWAS expands co-operation with China; and UEMOA tackles education standards.More
  • NewsBrief, 15-21 October 2012

    This week's focus: Stakeholders observe World Food Day; West Africa gets mixed reviews in Mo Ibrahim Index; Strategy session for Mali intervention; UN sees fewer displaced from Mali; and Ghana's electoral commission rejects former first lady.More
  • NewsBrief, 10-14 October 2012

    This week’s focus: Mauritania’s president survives shooting; the UN Security Council moves toward action in Mali; from first lady to presidential candidate in Ghana; francophone leaders discuss economics, politics and crisis; and new technology to boost rice productionMore
  • NewsBrief, 3-9 October 2012

    This week’s focus: a new military reform committee in Mali headed by Captain Sanogo; Niger plans to develop its North; new ECOWAS measures to improve education; building capacity to protect people and property.More
  • NewsBrief, 26 September - 2 October 2012

    This week’s focus: West Africa welcomes AGIR initiative on food security; UN High-Level Meeting considers Mali strategy; Guinea secures relief from external debt; and Mauritania issues a sunny economic forecast.More
  • NewsBrief, 19-25 September 2012

    This week’s focus: UN hopes to re-energize international support for the Sahel; Mali and ECOWAS reach agreement on military deployment; Côte d'Ivoire shuts borders with Ghana; and a new strategy against malaria yields results in the SahelMore
  • NewsBrief, 12-18 September 2012

    This week’s focus: promising food and economic growth prospects within UEMOA and new solidarity measures to help flood-affected member countries; ECOWAS moves to prepare the deployment of its Standby Force to Mali; the 27th celebration of CILSS Day highlights community-based food storage.More
  • NewsBrief, 5-11 September 2012

    This week’s focus: CILSS countries witness good harvests; locust threat under control; UEMOA announces a regional disaster management strategy; first ECOAGRIS Progress Report validated.More
  • NewsBrief, 29 August - 4 September 2012

    This week’s focus: Mali formally requests ECOWAS military assistance; Senegal abolishes the Senate to have funds for infrastructure; universities open their doors after two years in Côte d’Ivoire; UEMOA supports natural resource development in Guinea-BissauMore
  • News Brief 22-28 August 2012

    This week’s focus: The Gambia executes nine prisoners; Gbagbo aides are arrested in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire; Togolese opposition call for sex strikes and sit-ins; Cholera and floods threaten populations throughout West Africa; UEMOA plans to establish parliament in BamakoMore
  • NewsBrief, 8-21 August 2012

    This week’s focus: Mali announces “Government of National Union”; West African leaders commiserate the death of late President Atta-Mills; Côte d’Ivoire sees outbreak of fresh violence; UEMOA collaborates with East African Community on monetary policy; China to construct an agricultural research centre in Mali.More
  • NewsBrief, 1-7 August 2012

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS community parliament to become more powerful; eliminating Malaria by 2015; new action plan to boost regional-wide access to energy services; remittances as a lever for development. The next edition of the NewsBrief will be released on 21 August.More
  • NewsBrief, 25-31 July 2012

    This week’s focus: Toward a more inclusive transitional government in Mali; African First Ladies unite to promote peace, and UEMOA goes digital by 2015.More
  • NewsBrief, 18-24 July 2012

    This week’s focus: Former Chadian President Habré facing prosecution in Senegal; ICC launches investigations in Mali; UEMOA finances fight against crop-destroying locusts; Togo gets a new Prime Minister; violence in western Côte d'Ivoire.More
  • NewsBrief, 11-17 July 2012

    This week’s focus: The MNLA drops its claims for independence after losing control of key cities; African Union plans Free Trade Area for continent; EU collaborates with Nigerien forces to counter al Qaeda in the Sahel; African leaders reinforce the importance of women in trade and agricultureMore
  • NewsBrief, 4-10 July 2012

    This week’s focus: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo will become CILSS members; the UN Security Council endorsed West African political effort to end unrest in Mali but did not back any military intervention; Foreign Direct Investment is expected to double by 2014; ECOWAS leaders approved regional policy for the development of renewable energy sources.More
  • NewsBrief, 27 June – 3 July 2012

    This week’s focus: Islamist rebels destroy Timbuktu tombs amidst international outcry; ECOWAS urges acceleration of the deployment of its Standby Force Mission in Mali (MICEMA); UEMOA and AFD reinforce their partnership in order to implement a joint food security policy.More
  • NewsBrief, 20-26 June 2012

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS and UEMOA strengthen their relationship with the EU; recent attacks in northern Nigeria prompt U.S. government to blacklist three Boko Haram leaders; UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro encourages African commitment to sustainability.More
  • NewsBrief, 13-19 June 2012

    This week’s focus: Fatou Bensouda from The Gambia becomes the first African Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court; UN considers supporting ECOWAS forces in Mali; Mano River Union strengthen commitments to border security; and the ECOWAS Council of Ministers recommends increasing number of Commissioners.More
  • NewsBriefs, 6-12 June 2012

    This week’s focus: Liberia closes its border with Côte d’Ivoire; MNLA rebels eager to negotiate with ECOWAS; Locusts threaten crops in Mali and Niger; CILSS calls on renewed commitment to food crisisMore
  • NewsBrief, 30 May - 5 June 2012

    This week’s focus: Plane crash in Lagos kills at least157 people; new emergency measures taken by West African Ministers to address the food crisis in the Sahel; full deployment of ECOMIB troops in Guinea-Bissau; UEMOA growth prospects are weakened by political instability in Mali and Guinea-Bissau.More
  • NewsBrief, 23-29 May 2012

    This week’s focus: Rebel forces merge in Mali; soldiers return to their barracks in Bissau; land disputes sparks border violence; women’s role in agricultural development; and ECOWAS celebrates its 37th yearMore
  • NewsBrief, 16-22 May 2012

    This week’s focus: Political tensions erupt into violence in Mali; peacekeepers arrive in Guinea-Bissau; G8 nations announce private investments for food security; the UN Security Council tours West Africa; and Mali’s cotton sector shows resilience.More
  • NewsBrief, 9-15 May 2012

    This week’s focus: President Condé halts Guinea’s Electoral Commission operations amidst protests; ECOWAS leaders express concern about Mali’s transition process and threaten to re-establish targeted sanctions; the Committee on World Food Security endorsed voluntary global land tenure guidelines to improve the management of land resources; HIV/AIDS rates stabilise in West Africa.More
  • NewsBrief, 2-8 May 2012

    This week’s focus: New clashes in Bamako; desecration of a Muslim Saint’s tomb in Timbuktu; the ECOWAS Standby Force is getting ready for deployment in Mali and Guinea-Bissau; agricultural experts discuss challenges related to the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme; a World Bank report monitors the impact of food prices and nutrition on the achievement of the MDGs.More
  • NewsBrief, 25 April - 1 May 2012

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit decides to deploy an ECOWAS Standby Force in Guinea-Bissau and Mali, and calls for elections within a 12-month transitional period; The Land Matrix online database compiles information on large-scale land deals; and a new alliance between ECOWAS, Cuba and Venezuela to fight malaria.More
  • NewsBrief, 18-24 April 2012

    This week’s focus: former NASA astrophysicist Cheick Modibo Diarra becomes Mali’s Prime Minister; junta leaders’ plans to form a two-year transitional government in Guinea-Bissau are widely rejected; and ECOWAS approves a Common Humanitarian Policy to improve the management of humanitarian crises in the region.More
  • NewsBrief, 11-17 April 2012

    This week’s focus: Military coup in Guinea-Bissau; Mali opens talks with Tuareg rebels; new regional leadership to address food security; ECOWAS plan to strengthen informal trade.More
  • NewsBrief, 4-10 April 2012

    This week’s focus: Mali military junta moves towards restoring constitutional order while the National Movement for the Liberalisation of Azawad declared independence for Azawad; deadly attacks spoil Easter celebrations in Nigeria; towards a new regional livestock sector strategy; and Mauritania achieves success in the “long run”More
  • NewsBrief, 28 March – 3 April 2012

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS threatens to use force against the military junta in Mali while Tuareg rebels take control of the North; instability in Mali is worsening the food crisis that is already impacting 13 million people in the Sahel; and UEMOA holds a workshop on ways to implement a regional mechanism for reinforcing and co-ordinating national food security stocks.More
  • NewsBrief, 21-27 March 2012

    This week’s focus: The international community strongly condemns the coup d’état in Mali; a peaceful democratic transition in Senegal; and ECOWAS holds a symposium on ways to advance the implementation of the West African Common Industrial Policy.More
  • NewsBrief, 14-20 March 2012

    This week’s focus: CILSS hosts a conference on ways to develop regional trade in a context of rising agricultural prices; the situation in Africa is a key topic at the 6th World Water Forum; and the AU expresses concern over the worsening human and food security situation in the Sahel region.More
  • NewsBrief, 7-13 March 2012

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence meet to discuss regional security issues with the Sahel region and off the Gulf of Guinea; UEMOA opens its 29th Inter-parliamentary Committee; and ECOWAS launches an Agricultural Information System in seven member countries.More
  • NewsBrief, 29 February - 6 March 2012

    This week’s focus: Kadré Ouédraogo assumed office as the new ECOWAS Commission President; an estimated 80 000 people have fled from Mali to neighbouring countries; and a new regional network of food stock offices aimed at facilitating information-sharing (RESOGEST).More
  • NewsBrief, 22-28 February 2012

    This week’s focus: Senegalese go to the polls for contentious presidential election; 130 000 displaced by Mali rebellion; ICC expands investigation in Côte d’Ivoire; and a new oil discovery in the Gulf of Guinea.More
  • NewsBrief, 15-21 February 2012

    This week’s focus: ECOWAS elects new leaders; Sahel food crisis and security top the agenda at regional summit; joint AU-ECOWAS mission visits Senegal; Liberians to lose refugee status; and sports diplomacy to promote integration.More
  • NewsBrief, 8-14 February 2012

    This week’s focus: West African leaders reach deal on ECOWAS leadership; South-South co-operation tops ACP agenda for 2012 a new task force on oil revenues in Nigeria and rising insecurity in northern Mali...More
  • NewsBrief, 1-7 February 2012

    This week's focus: Mali’s president calls for unity as Tuareg rebels resume attacks in the north; food security risks in the Sahel; Senegalese opposition leaders join forces as campaign gets under way and security concerns in Nigeria.More
  • NewsBrief, 15-22 November 2011

    This week’s focus: Guinea becomes a member of CILSS; the Charter for Food Crisis Prevention and Management is adopted by West African countries; 2nd visit of Pope Benedict XVI in Africa; Côte d’Ivoire: Gbagbo soon to be transferred to the ICC?More
  • NewsBrief, 9-14 November 2011

    This week’s focus: Candidates for the Gambia’s presidential elections begin eleven day campaign; The Nigerian army successfully blocks a heavily armed convoy crossing the Libya-Niger border; Tubman wants results of run-off election annulled; and the M23 demands that President Wade remove his name from the list of candidates for the February elections.More
  • NewsBrief, 2-8 November 2011

    This week’s focus: Tubman announced will not participate in run-off elections and called on supporters to boycott the elections; Boko Haram attack in Damaturu is deadliest to date, killing anywhere from 63 to 150; and small pro-Gbagbo parties will participate in December elections despite FPI’s threat to boycott.More
  • NewsBrief, 26 October - 1 November 2011

    This week’s focus: The FPI announced that it would not participate in the December legislative elections; FAO predicts lower than usual food production in the Sahel region, putting it at risk of greater food insecurity; the Nigerien government deals with Saif al-Islam’s possible presence in the country ; and coalitions area already forming in anticipation of Senegal’s Feburary presidential elections.More
  • NewsBrief, 19-25 October 2011

    This week’s focus: Togo is elected a non-permament member of the UN Security Council; New hopes for an Anti-malaria vaccine; Mauritanian armed forces destroy a AQIM base in western Mali; ECOWAS assigns new commissioner positions although Benin and Burkina Faso are still negotiating for the presidency; Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou warns that country is likely to face another food crisis this year.More
  • NewsBrief, 12-18 October 2011

    This week’s focus: Liberian President Sirlear wins the first round of elections; Saharo-sahelian countries launch a joint initiative against drug trafficking; Goodluck Johnathan lobbies for the removal of fuel subsidies from the 2012 federal budget; West Africa faces one of the biggest cholera epidemics in the region’s history; and 450 000 Ivoirians still displaced in sheltering communities or in neighbouring LiberiaMore
  • NewsBrief, 5-11 October 2011

    This week’s focus: Liberian President Sirleaf declared Nobel Laureate, the ICC begins investigation of post-electoral violence in Côte d’Ivoire; ECOWAS sends 150 observers to Liberia for upcoming presidential elections; and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) successfully negociates passage out of Libya to Chad for 1 200 of the trapped African migrants.More
  • NewsBrief, 9-14 November 2011

    This week’s focus: Candidates for the Gambia’s presidential elections begin eleven day campaign; The Nigerian army successfully blocks a heavily armed convoy crossing the Libya-Niger border; Tubman wants results of run-off election annulled; and the M23 demands that President Wade remove his name from the list of candidates for the February elections.More