The build-up of foreign armed forces does not bode well for the citizens of Niger.
Vaccines that help prevent meningococcal disease don't give lifetime protection.
A new research project is helping Nigerien women access valuable, accurate information from which they are too often cut off.
Laws in Mauritius allow minors to marry while some cultures on the island are tolerant of child marriage.
As in the Mediterranean, travel through the Sahara is difficult and unnecessarily dangerous by increased checks and control.
Displacing the EU’s border as far as possible from Europe: is this really a solution to mitigate the flow of migrants?
Female teachers can act as role models who enhance girls’ motivation and learning outcomes.
More leaders in more African countries will abolish term limits unless organisations like the African Union take action.
A big rise in armed attacks in the Sahel - and the intensity of the attacks in recent years - is now seen as a major source of concern.
Creating more opportunities for young women and girls to work and earn money is a possible solution to early marriages. Subsidising secondary education to keep poorer girls in school is another.
The deaths of four American soldiers in Niger last month highlighted the nature and implications of US military presence in Africa.
Information and communication technologies (ICT) offer new opportunities for improving basic education in Africa.
Without a strategy or a legal case to legitimate the use of force, the US is endangering crucial alliances and civilian lives.
Until African political systems become less majoritarian and do a better job of protecting the rights of minorities, the true benefits of a democratic government are unlikely to be realised.
Attacks by Fulani herdsmen on communities in West Africa are increasing in number and in sophistication. Regional and national authorities must respond promptly to arrest the threat.
Gold is both a blessing and a curse for rural Niger.
The new Internet of Things has the potential to compensate for Africa's legacies of underdevelopment.
The US and France have bolstered military strength across vast areas of Africa in response to Islamist threat. But the interest is also driven by Western strategic calculations
A number of African states are taking positive steps to combat violence against girls and child marriage. But social and cultural barriers can nullify national laws and strategies.
The marked increase in the number of Nigerian pastoralists fleeing Boko Haram terror in northeastern Nigeria last year reflects a trend that started three years ago.