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

12Jun2015

African Economic Outlook 2015: West Africa confronts the challenges of spatial inclusion

A recent post discussed highlights from the African Economic Outlook 2015 (AEO) report, indicating a difficult scenario for the West African Region, but also some encouraging signs. Indeed, against all odds, the region has demonstrated a palpable dynamism.


10Jun2015

African Economic Outlook 2015: Resilient economies, positive forecast for West Africa

An annual collaboration between the African Development Bank (AfDB), the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Economic Outlook 2015 (AEO) was launched on May 25, 2015, during the AfDB Annual Meetings. The report provides an overview of the economic and social development of Africa and provides two-year projections.


05May2015

Wind energy in West Africa: Examining the way forward for the sector’s development

In West Africa, it is estimated that 57% of the population has no access to electricity, underperforming the continent’s average of about 50%. Although comparable to the continental average, the difference with the developing world (23%) is striking. Considering that the region has become one of the fastest growing places on the continent, energy is considered a substantial bottleneck.


31Mar2015

Why empowering West African women is not just right, but makes economic sense

On Sunday, March 8, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. As a lead up to the event, the African Development Bank dedicated an entire week to raising awareness on gender issues.


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.


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