Regular elections have not translated to development in Nigeria.
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Nigeria must strengthen its democratic institutions and improve governance for economic development.
Staff from South Sudan’s Health Ministry pose with protective suits during a drill for Ebola preparedness.
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When tackling an Ebola outbreak speed is a critical element - every hour counts.
Forced laborers lived in prison cells at one palm oil plantation in Indonesia.
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Global estimates of modern-day slavery by the United Nations reveal improving methods for calculating the data.
Niger soldiers conduct a simulated mounted patrol.
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West African governments need to be clearer about the similarities and differences of violent extremist groups.
A large number of West African women rely on the blue economy to survive.
The ability of West Africa’s fisher women to cope or adapt in times of adversity should not let policymakers off the hook.
French President Emmanuel Macron.
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In Africa, French will only continue to embed itself - if speaking it is in the interests of Africans and not attached to French foreign policy interests.
Little bee-eater (Merops pusillus)
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Monitoring bird population trends in Nigeria is a valuable activity – but it requires trained people and commitment over the long term.
Ghana’s maritime space is key to its economy.
Ghana’s maritime economy faces significant challenges in becoming viable.
A 4-month-old baby girl is tended by her grandmother inside a church in Duekoue, Ivory Coast, in 2011.
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The fundamental issue at stake in abortion debates is personhood, which is viewed differently around the world, an anthropologist writes.
Coastal communities in West and Central Africa were severely affected by COVID which brought many aspects of food and seafood supply chains to a halt.
There is a need for better innovations and policies to help improve the fisheries sector in this region.
The border crossing into Togo from Benin is a busy route for citizens.
African states and their development partners must protect ECOWAS regional integration efforts.
Crossing the Mediterranean has taken thousands of West African lives.
The influx of migrants from West Africa must be viewed as a manifestation of problems in the countries of origin.
The Independence Arch in Accra represents Ghana’s democracy.
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Ghana’s civil society has contributed to taming the power of a strong state.
Destroyed buildings along an eroded coastline in Bargny, Senegal.
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Coastal erosion in West Africa is a cause for global concern. The global community must rally to address climate change which is causing the retreat.
A group of armed Islamists gathered in Gao, northern Mali in 2012. Now such groups are seeking foothold in Togo.
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Recent attacks on Togo show that West African states must act quickly and decisively to stop the spread of violent extremism.
Nigeria is intent on increasing local manufacturing.
As long as industrial policies in Nigeria are introduced only as a crisis response, import restrictions will continue to be their focus.
Aftermath of an attack by suspected members of the Islamic State West Africa Province in Auno, Borno State, northeast Nigeria.
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Political extremism has a checklist. The more boxes are checked, the closer political extremism gets.
A plate of fufu, a meal common in West Africa.
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The preparation of ancient meals in prehistoric West Africa combined vegetables, pulses, tubers and, possibly, herbs and spices.
A G5 Sahel meeting on Burkina Faso and Mali.
The creation of the G5 Sahel added to the traffic of security groupings in the region
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500 million people live in 19 African countries deemed “water insecure”.