Major multinational mining companies have been flocking to West Africa over the past few years, as iron ore's soaring price and Africa's cheap labor have offset concerns about regional instability.
In a video of two European engineers who were kidnapped in Nigeria, the hostages say their kidnappers are from Al Qaeda, but their home governments have doubts.
The World Bank plans to pump $53 million into Ghana's fisheries industry, which employs 2.2 million people, to reverse a decade-long downturn.
While the world is making progress on putting women in positions of power and passing legislation to promote gender equality, these laws often don't reach those who need the most help, says new UN report.
Despite US training and support, West African nations have been unable to stamp out the terrorist group and the upheaval in Libya may be bolstering the group's arsenal.
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi curried favor among African leaders for decades by providing them with financial support, but Secretary of State Clinton is asking them to abandon him.
Bearing the brunt of the exodus of Libyan refugees, several countries in the Sahel region – including Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, and Chad – have called on Qaddafi to step down.
In the past three years, four major companies have promised a total of $2.6 billion in palm oil investment in Liberia, and more could be coming soon. Global demand for the versatile oil is expected to double by 2020.
Financial support and political engagement from Spain and France could enhance counterterrorism efforts in Mali, Niger, and Mauritania as those nations take on Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).