Although Niger's quest for entrenching democracy is a good development, poverty and insecurity are obstacles.
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.
Attacks on schools and children evoke a strong emotional response, which is a definitive goal of terrorist groups.
Regreening Africa works directly with 500,000 households to restore one million hectares of agricultural land.
The shrinking of Lake Chad contributes to instability in the countries which sit around its expanse.
Teeth can reveal a lot about diversity when they are reasonably well-preserved.
Stricter policing at the border does not address the root causes of Nigeria's smuggling issue.
The fact that relative food prices differ so markedly and so systematically provides a very strong rationale for nutrition-focused food policies.
Now that African countries have signed up for the continental free trade agreement, they must complete the institutional loop by jumpstarting the creation of the African Monetary Fund.
The US needs to review whether a security agenda based on US priorities will solve problems in sub-Saharan Africa.
Scientists are trying to figure out what risks changes in Lake Chad's levels pose to people in the region.
The discovery of a fossilised large predator is a rare event that offers insight into these beasts from the past.
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?
It's all too common for local scholars to be sidelined in what are supposed to be genuine research partnerships.
It's one thing to come up with food security plans. But implementing them is tough.
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.