West Africa is at the heart of Africa’s transformation. With a projected growth rate of 7.4 per cent in 2014, it is the fastest growing region in the continent. As many of its countries undergo a strong stabilization, emerge from conflict, or even rise to middle income status, the region begins to reap the fruits of its regional and global integration. A global demand for expert opinions and analysis is rising rapidly. Read More


La Maîtrise de l’eau pour multi-usages, un défi important pour la réalisation des objectifs des Top 5 de la BAD.

L’Afrique est à la croisée des chemins avec la mise en œuvre des objectifs de développement durable (ODD). Située au centre de l’attention des experts du monde du développement et des décideurs - comme l’a montré la récente 71e Assemblée générale des Nations Unies, la transition ODD-ODM nous mène à un constat de « non-évolution ». Les différentes conceptions énoncées ainsi que les multiples indicateurs proposés n’ont pas permis d’atteindre le développement durable nécessaire pour l’Afrique. Manque de pertinence des données disponibles ou déficit de coordination ? Une chose reste constante et incontournable : l’Afrique ne pourra atteindre un développement durable et tendre vers l’émergence, que si elle prend en charge, elle-même, sa propre transformation économique.


Industrialization in West Africa (3): Giving rise to a “Made in Africa” regional industry?

A first and a second blog post on the theme of “Industrialization in West Africa” took stock of industrial development in West Africa and presented some of the strategies that could boost industrialization in the region. While all the mentioned strategies are relevant, provided they are adequately implemented, this post has a focus on the regional value chains (RVCs) strategy, and will highlight the benefits from this model.


Understanding Public-Private-Partnerships in Guinea-Bissau

Although Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are often hailed as one the best options for infrastructure development, there appears to be surprisingly little understanding amongst policymakers of what they actually entail. This is even more so in situations of fragility. In a recent policy paper published under the West Africa Policy Notes series of the African Development Bank, I undertook to highlight what are the advantages and pitfalls of PPPs in the context of Guinea-Bissau and provide recommendations on the best course of action for pursuing development in the country


Industrialisation in West Africa (2): global or regional strategies?

A previous post took stock of industrial development in West Africa. It was explained that at a time when the international community, including the African Development Bank, elevates industrialisation to a priority range for fighting poverty and exclusion, this process lags behind in the region. This post focuses on some of the strategies that could be implemented in order for the West African countries to move forward.

Authors: Maxime Weigert

Categories: Maxime Weigert


Food trade deficit poses a major challenge for Togo

The populations of Togo (7 million) and Switzerland (8 million) are quite similar. Likewise, the area covered by the two countries is not too different – 56,785 km2 for Togo and 41,285 km2 for Switzerland. On the other hand, Togo has 12 times more agricultural labour force than Switzerland and, despite this, Switzerland is well ahead of Togo in terms of consumption of fertilizers per hectare (15 times), number of agricultural machines used on arable area (4,000 times), productivity of cereals per hectare (6 times) and consequently of value added per agricultural worker (32 times) . This means that a kilo of cereal produced in Togo is valued five times (32/6) more when produced in Switzerland due to product quality, compliance with norms and standards and market vicissitudes.