West Africa Archive

Africa, Blog, West Africa

Preventing Pandemic Panic

With the advent of antibiotics and vaccinations, widespread epidemics are usually seen as a relic of the past. Medicine has come so far that pathogens,...
Frontier Market Network
35(3) Winter 2014, Africa, Economics, Politics, West Africa, World in Review

African Urbanization

Eko Atlantic is a city that rises “like Aphrodite from the foam of the Atlantic,” wrote Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka. The city is...
Fulani family from Mali. - Magnus Manske - CC BY SA 2.0
35(3) Winter 2014, Africa, Health, Human Rights, Perspectives, West Africa

The Crisis in Mali

In order to better understand what happened in Mali in 2012 and to seek appropriate solutions to the major obstacles facing this country, it...
35(2) Fall 2013, Africa, Central Africa, East Asia, Eastern Africa, Economics, Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights, North America, Politics, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Southern Africa, West Africa, Western Europe, World in Review

Future of International Aid: Helping the Helpless by Finding Altruism in Self-Interest

By 2015, we will have nearly eradicated extreme poverty and hunger throughout the world by halving the proportion of people living on under $1.25 per day. We...
Africa, Global Notebook, North Africa, Politics, West Africa

A Rough Road

Africa has welcomed a new nation. As a result of the January 9th referendum, Southern Sudan will...

Africa, Blog, Human Rights, Perspectives, West Africa

Addressing African Development Challenges

A “national dialogue” is an inclusive method of socio-political action that brings together the key stakeholders to discuss a crisis or looming crisis that...

Blog, Politics, Security, Southern Africa, West Africa

Nigeria: MEND’s Jomo Gbomo – Person or Living Politics Persona?

I recently came across an article in The Sunday Independent directly querying whether 'the mild-manner Henry Okah', who resided in South Africa at the...
Africa, Americas, North America, Perspectives, West Africa

Reconstructing the Rule of Law

Civil wars mark the collapse of a state’s ability to maintain social order through peaceful means. To prevent wars from recurring, new social, economic,...

Africa, Education, Human Rights, Politics, Security, West Africa

Democracy and Development

In a historical approach to the conflicts in Africa, one can distinguish certain outstanding sequences. The first sequence, corresponding to the pre-colonial period, was...

Africa, Economics, Global Notebook, West Africa

Back on Track?

Nigeria’s most recent presidential election demonstrated the country’s fractious political situation and widespread lack of transparency. Throughout much of its post-independence history, Nigeria has...