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

11Mar2015

The coffee sector in West Africa: its impact on the economy and the environment

Coffee is a universal drink with considerable economic impact. It is the most traded agricultural product in the world in terms of volume, coming before wheat, and the second raw material, in value, after oil. World coffee consumption is measured in bags. Current consumption is 140 million bags and is expected to reach 175 million bags by 2020. In the meantime, we therefore need to produce an extra 35 million bags, most of which will be of robusta coffee.


04Feb2015

“Kumsa di nôbu!”* – A new beginning for Guinea-Bissau

On January 28, the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Board of Directors approved the 2015-2019 Country Strategy Paper (CSP) for Guinea-Bissau. This approval marks a strong step towards the redeployment of international assistance in the country and is a prelude to the country’s planned donor roundtable expected to be held at the end of March.


05Dec2014

West African youth speak out about climate change

2014 has been crucial to creating momentum for a climate change agenda. More than half a million people took to the streets for unified climate action at the New York People’s Climate March, while policy-makers concurrently discussed the challenge of a changing climate at the United Nations Climate Summit.


17Nov2014

Breaking up the enclave: transport in Guinea-Bissau

On my first visit to Guinea-Bissau in 2013, I entered the country after landing at Osvaldo Vieira International Airport. The plane I flew in was a small jet, with no more than 50 seats. That year, I was one of just 30,317 passengers entering the country by plane. The sight of the deserted tarmac, as I landed, spoke much of a seldom-visited country


07Nov2014

Realising West Africa’s true agricultural potential

Despite positive economic growth rates experienced by almost all West African economies since 2005, they have not undergone the structural transformation needed to improve the quality of life of their people, as they are lacking diversification and depend on the exports of a few products.


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