Welcome to the West Africa Blog!

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By Janvier Litse,

Africa is on an unstoppable upwards trajectory. With growth forecast to reach 5.2 per cent in 2014, increasing investments and improvements across development indicators, it is now truly Africa’s moment. And West Africa is at the epicenter of this transformation: a GDP growth expected to exceed seven per cent in 2014, several countries rapidly emerging from conflict, others rising up to middle income status, better usage of the huge potential of natural resources available, and efforts for deeper integration beginning to bear their fruits and cementing this collaborative path.

As the region transforms, the demand for expert opinions and analysis is rising rapidly, from specialists and the general public alike. Yet even a cursory look on the global media landscape will show that the region is severely underrepresented, and seldom addressed with the requited depth. At the same time, academic research often fails to capture the attention of the greater public.

The West Africa Blog will contribute to filling these gaps. By shining a light on West Africa, the blog hopes to reach both casual readers and academics, with an interest and a basic understanding of the dynamics of the region. The writing will not address basics and provide primers, but will offer the distilled perspective from ADB staff, who are engaged on the frontline in supporting the transformation, but also encourage debate and comments to turn this blog as a platform for dialogue on the major changes in the region.

We are delighted to offer you this new resource; we look forward to engaging with you, receiving your feedback and interacting with you in the comments section.

Enjoy the blog!


Jean-Louis Kayitenkore - Rwanda 07/07/2014 17:21
This is a very good idea and excellent initative. Africa has long been taken as a block but there are disparities and differences from one country to another and even from one region to another. I will follow your publications with an expectation and an obvious pleasure


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