Measuring the pulse of Economic Transformation in West Africa
Mohamed El Dahshan
Mohamed El Dahshan is a senior cooperation fellow at the African Development Bank’s Fundraising and Resource Mobilisation department, focusing on establishing links between the bank and non-sovereign partners to further the goals of development in Africa. He is also a Nonresident Fellow with the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington DC. Prior to joining the Bank, he was Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard University Center for International Development. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils. He received the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Journalism Award for his coverage and analysis of the Egyptian revolution for traditional and social media. He is the co-author of “Diaries of the Revolution”, a collective memoir of the 2011 Egyptian uprising. Mohamed is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Sciences-Po Paris, and Cairo University.
As the largest-ever US-Africa gathering of leaders came to a close, the debate on the future of the US policy for Africa has once again resurfaced. While interesting suggestions are put forward by economists and other experts – this argument by the Center for Global Development on closing the energy gap is among the most interesting – it may however be judicious if, rather than hope for a new grand scheme to be implemented, we take a deeper look at the existing US economic policies and instruments towards Africa, and analyze their effect on the West African region.
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