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Mauritanian soldiers stand guard near the border with Mali in the fight against jihadists in Africa’s Sahel region. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

Mapping the contours of Jihadist groups in the Sahel

Jihadi groups take advantage of endemic poverty, inequality, high unemployment levels, illiteracy, ethnic divisions, and poor governance to spread their campaign of violence in the Sahel region.
Mauritanian soldiers stand guard at a G5 Sahel task force command post, in November 2018 in the southeast of Mauritania near the border with Mali. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

The G5 joint force for the Sahel was set up four years ago: why progress is slow

The political will displayed by the Sahel member countries of the G5 Task Force appears to be out of step with the actual capabilities of their armies.
Women’s need for contraception and contraceptive use must be an ongoing priority. Jonathan Torgovnik for The Hewlett Foundation/Reportage by Getty Images

COVID-19 lockdowns and contraception: unexpected findings in four African countries

Contrary to expectations, researchers found that overall contraceptive use increased in most settings.
French President Emmanuel Macron with French troops during his 2017 visit to France’s Barkhane counter-terrorism operation in Gao, northern Mali. EFE-EPA/Christopher Petit Tesson/Pool

UN and African Union key to public support for French military operations in Africa

French policymakers understand that sharing the burdens of military operations with global partners can help boost flagging support at home.
European Council President Charles Michel takes part in a video conference with G5 Sahel leaders and United Nations representatives at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, on November 30, 2020. Francisco Seco/Pool/AFP

Unpacking governance within the EU’s Sahel strategy

The EU has already poured billions of euros into its assistance programs for the Sahel countries. The fundamental principles of this aid need to be rethought if it is to be truly effective.
Fruit production of shea is limited by lack of pollination and this limitation is greater at sites with less tree and shrub diversity. Author provided

Plant diversity makes West Africa’s shea trees bear more fruit

Fruit production of shea is often limited by a lack of pollination which is more pronounced in places with less tree and shrub diversity.

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