Articles tagged West Africa

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Liberating Africans from the CFA “franc” trap

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Nowadays, African countries are wooed because they are perceived as the spearheads of the world economy. The Economist, the English weekly newspaper, predicts that in the next five years, seven out of ten fastest growing economies in the world will be in Africa: Ethiopia (8.1 per cent), Mozambique (7.7 per cent), Tanzania (7.2 per cent), Congo (7.0 per cent), Ghana (7.0 per cent), Zambia (6.9 More >

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Can Senegal Succeed ?

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Karim Wade by Damien Glez

DAKAR – Senegal’s people are deeply disenchanted. In 2000, they enthusiastically went to the polls to elect Abdoulaye Wade as their president. Wade had campaigned as an agent of change, but change never came to Senegal throughout his decade in power. Now the only change he wants to make is to the constitution, so that he can retain his hold on power.

Unfortunately, More >

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Africa’s Winds of Change Return

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DAKAR – How did Ivory Coast come to this? After gaining independence from France in 1960 with Felix Houphouet-Boigny as President, the country became the world’s largest exporter of cocoa beans and a significant exporter of coffee and palm oil. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, sizeable export earnings, combined with easy access to credit, fueled an economic surge dubbed the “Ivorian miracle.” More >

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Regulating China-Africa cooperation imbalances

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Oxford University China-Africa Network

The Oxford University China-Africa Network (OUCAN) with the support of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) present

The Conference on “Chinese Investment and African Agency”

hosted by the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford 11-12 March 2011

Regulating China-Africa cooperation imbalances

By Sanou MBAYE 1

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CHINA – AFRICA : Matching China’s activities with Africa’s needs

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The Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) Regional Office for East & Horn of Africa, Nairobi, and Fahamu Kenya brought together Chinese experts on Africa and representatives of African civil society organizations, providing a platform to exchange views and perceptions, and discuss areas of concerns to both sides, based on various country and thematic case studies.

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s Leadership to Nowhere

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Why are the countries of sub-Saharan Africa the poorest in the world? One reason is the set of ill-designed development strategies that the IMF and the World Bank have implemented in the region for nearly half a century. But the centuries-old culture of leadership that is ingrained in many African societies has played an equally disastrous role.

Indeed, the overwhelming majority of African rulers More >

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West African expectations of Europe

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Institute for peace support and conflict management (IFK)

Africa-Workshop January 26th to 27th, 2006:

Sorting Out the Mess: Wars, Conflicts and Conflict Management in West Africa

To assess the expectations West Africa can look forward to from Europe, there is, first, the need to understand the root causes of the problems that have beset the populations and the countries of the region for More >

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Africa ‘s Oil Rush

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It takes a threat to oil supplies to get world leaders to pay attention to Africa . Usually neglected by globetrotting statesmen, the continent recently saw visits from US President George W. Bush, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Brazil ‘s Lula Da Silva, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and many other world leaders. Their public comments were typically devoted to development, ending Africa ‘s More >

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NEPAD : the wrong plan ?

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NEPAD, the last plan to kick-start Africa’s economic development adopted by the OAU in Lusaka (Zambia) on July, 11, 2001, is articulated around investment in the key sectors of infrastructure, agriculture, health and education. The plan is to be financed by the international community and through private capital flows, mainly from the multinationals. In choosing this way of financing their More >

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CFA Franc: a Colonial relic

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The former sub-Saharan French colonies did not have to fight for their independence. De Gaulle, then President of France, granted it to them. These countries undertook immediately to dismantle the federal structure in which they were operating and erected trade barriers between them.

Paradoxically, they kept the CFA as their common currency. They surrendered the management of 65% of their foreign More >

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