The average woman in Niger has over seven children – nearly triple the average across developing countries.
Research shows that unrest, even terrorism, can erupt in poor countries with a surplus of young people and not enough jobs. Can Niger, a once-peaceful sub-Saharan African nation, handle its baby boom?
Hezbollah supporters during a martyrs day event in November 2018 in Lebanon.
The proscription of terrorist groups are part of the process through which a country demonstrates its self-identity.
A water reservoir in the Louga region of Northern Senegal
A combination of reasons have led to the drying of the Sahel.
Supporters of Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in the capital Bamako.
Incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta will be Mali's next president but an unremarkable first term, and a flawed election, could put a dent in his legacy.
The people of Niger have been protesting against the presence of foreign troops in their country.
The build-up of foreign armed forces does not bode well for the citizens of Niger.
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Scientists have modelled the effects of huge hypothetical energy projects in the desert.
One third of the world’s land has been severely degraded from its natural state.
A Land Degradation Surveillance framework could solve this problem by systematically measuring and tracking indicators of land health in Africa.
A new research project is helping Nigerien women access valuable, accurate information from which they are too often cut off.
Members of Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress party protest the 2015 elections. More trouble is likely ahead of the 2019 elections.
Nigeria is far from ready to hold a credible ballot in 2019.
Trucks returning from Libya to Niger.
As in the Mediterranean, travel through the Sahara is difficult and unnecessarily dangerous by increased checks and control.
A refugee family who was evacuated from Libya leave an UNHCR office in Niamey, on November 17, 2017, after being interviewed by protection officers of the French Office of Protection Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA).
Displacing the EU’s border as far as possible from Europe: is this really a solution to mitigate the flow of migrants?
Pastoralists on a dry plain in central Mali, one of the seven Sahel countries hit by a wave of deadly attacks.
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.
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Talk of ethnic and religious conflict between Muslim Fulani herders and local Christian farmers misses the full picture – this is about resources.
Presidents Issoufou, Yayi, Deby and Buhari at a meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, the body in charge of the lake replenishment project
The transnational project conceived 30 years ago to replenish the drying waters of Lake Chad finally seems poised to take off. But first, internal politics within member states must be overcome.
Residents collect water in one of the many wells dug in the bed of a dried-up river in the Dierma region of Burkina Faso.
Dry areas make up more than 41% of land around the globe and are home to more than two billion people. Despite climate change and other challenges, there are ways to combat land degradation.
In the Serengeti wildebeest will move more than 2000km during their annual migration.
Many mammals depend on large areas and trans-boundary conservation for their survival. When this is obstructed it can have a catastrophic impact on animal populations.
Migrants arrive in the coastal city of Tripoli, Libya, May 26, 2017.
Migrants crossing Libya to reach Europe increasingly face violence and human traffickers.
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Poverty and conflict mean the nation is struggling to deal with rising temperatures.
Workers on their way to gold mines.
Issa Aboud Yonlihinza
Gold is both a blessing and a curse for rural Niger.
Recently, the Sahel has been in the global spotlight due to famines, religious terrorism, anti-state rebellions, and arms, drugs and human trafficking.
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The Sahel region of Africa is a 3,860-kilometre arc-like land mass lying to the immediate south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the breadth of the African continent. A largely semi-arid…