Topic: West Africa
Internet statistics show that sub-Saharan Africa is on the cusp of an Internet boom, and Google plans to be there to reap the rewards.
02/22/2011 04:36 pm
Soaring food prices – such as wheat, which has hit a 2-1/2-year high – could feed political tumult in Africa, despite earlier proclamations that an Egypt-style revolt would not spread to sub-Saharan Africa.
02/15/2011 12:05 pm
Second-hand goods from the United States have long been a staple in Ghana, but now the country is seeking to get second-hand goods off its shelves.
02/10/2011 03:47 pm
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Africa Monitor West Africa Rising: Latin American leaders bolster ties to Africa at World Social Forum
As economies boom on both sides of the South Atlantic, analysts say new lines are being sketched between Africa and Latin America.
02/08/2011 01:40 pm
Africa Monitor West Africa Rising: Will a sovereign wealth fund really help reverse Nigeria's 'oil curse'?
On Dec. 1 last year, Nigeria’s cabinet approved the creation of a sovereign wealth fund that would invest any excess revenues generated from the sale of the country’s oil.
02/01/2011 03:56 pm
Africa Monitor West Africa Rising: Senegal hopes new $450 million airport will make it a world trade hub
Senegal's government wants its new airport to become a 21st-century global hub, but why don't African infrastructure projects link the region's cities to each other better?
02/01/2011 03:12 pm
Africa Monitor As Gbabgo seizes Central Bank assets in Ivory Coast, a look at the arcane institution
West Africa's Central Bank – perhaps its most important institution – may also be its least transparent. But in the midst of Ivory Coast's conflict, a tradition of secrecy may be an early casualty.
01/26/2011 04:03 pm
Ivory Coast is the world's largest cocoa supplier, and Alassane Ouattara, the internationally-recognized leader, is asking cocoa companies to boycott Ivory Coast cocoa in hopes of cutting off the funds keeping rival Gbagbo afloat.
01/26/2011 03:50 pm
The World Bank’s board of directors last week approved an underwater fiber-optic cable project that promises to bring 'a major infrastructural revolution' to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
01/25/2011 02:43 pm
Ivory Coast President-elect Alassane Ouattara accuses renegade President Laurent Gbagbo of paying his loyalist armed forces while neglecting to pay international creditors.
01/19/2011 12:29 pm
While the US limps back from its downturn at an economic growth rate of 3.0, World Bank officials expect the 47 countries south of the Sahara to cruise at a an average of 5.3 percent growth this year.
01/18/2011 05:05 pm
Although the West African regional body, ECOWAS, has threatened to use force to remove incumbent President Laurent Gbabgo, nobody wants to ignite a second civil war in Ivory Coast.
01/18/2011 11:54 am
Tensions are escalating in Ivory Coast, where President Laurent Gbagbo refuses to yield power to President-elect Alassane Ouattara. The international community's coordinated economic pressures hold the most hope for peacefully ousting Mr. Gbagbo and prevent mounting violence. Where diplomatic efforts have fallen short, cutting off Gbagbo's funds may turn his allies against him.
01/13/2011 12:35 pm
The real battle for the world's No. 1 cocoa producer isn't happening on the streets of the commercial capital, Abidjan. It's unfolding in bank corridors.
01/13/2011 12:02 pm
Recognizing that a two-state solution is no longer in the cards opens the way for other paths that don’t depend on Western mediation. It puts to rest the fiction that a Palestinian state will emerge from even the best intentions of the West instead of from the political realities of the Middle East.
01/11/2011 01:53 pm
So far, international pressure has failed to convince incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to step down in Ivory Coast after he lost the Nov. 28 election by 8 percentage points.
01/11/2011 11:19 am
The year 2011 will include some big developments in Africa to look out for – Sudan's referendum and the continuing strife in Ivory Coast, among others.
01/03/2011 12:28 pm
The Obama administration's efforts to get incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo to step down after a disputed Nov. 28 poll reflects an ossified view of African politics, writes guest blogger G. Pascal Zachary.
01/02/2011 09:56 am
Defenders of autocrats in Belarus and Ivory Coast warn the world not to interfere in internal affairs in those countries. The world should do just that.
12/21/2010 04:02 pm
For the good of the Ivory Coast, which was torn apart in a recent civil war and is now facing post-election violence, President Gbagbo should give up his claim that he won the most recent elections.
12/08/2010 03:53 pm
Third-place candidate Henri Konan Bédié threw his support behind Alassane Ouattara in Sunday's Ivory Coast election, but how many from Mr. Bédié's Baoulé ethnic group actually voted for a Muslim northerner?
11/28/2010 03:41 pm
If the results of today's Ivory Coast election are disputed, many residents are concerned it could lead to bloodshed and unrest.
11/28/2010 02:26 pm
President Blaise Compaoré, who has held power since a 1987 coup, is likely to win reelection – and solidify his regional influence.
11/23/2010 12:39 pm
Nihu Ribadu, Nigeria's former 'anti-corruption czar', is running for president. While he has little chance of winning, his campaign could be a sign that a more idealistic brand of politics is rising in Nigeria.
11/15/2010 03:37 pm