west africa

Development in the Sahel is slowing

The development of countries in the Sahel region is slowing due to radicalization, youth unemployment and the lack of participation by women in politics and the economy.

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Defeating terrorists on the battlefield is not enough

Defeating terrorism militarily is only the beginning of the global fight against violent extremism, US President Barack Obama said at a UN summit on Tuesday.

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Coordination among partners leads to “timely” Ebola response in Guinea

The response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been a concerted effort between the UN and civil society, ensuring that help is “reaching the right people, in the right areas, in a timely fashion.”

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Getting West African food staples to market

With a population of more than 340 million—and growing—West Africa is home to a third of the African continent. But the region is struggling to feed its people.

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Bird flu outbreak threatens West Africa

An avian influenza outbreak in five West African countries could affect the region and beyond unless “timely intervention” occurs.

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West Africa poised to experience “huge” agricultural growth

There are huge opportunities for agricultural growth in West Africa where a growing population and rising middle class have led to increased consumer demands for greater food diversity, convenience and affordability.

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Ghana ritual slavery abuse “unchallenged”

Child rights experts say a traditional form of ritual abuse of minors continues in Ghana despite a years-old pledge by authorities to tackle the problem.

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Successful elections in Côte d’Ivoire crucial to country’s stability

If elections go well in Côte d’Ivoire next October, it means that the country is back on the track of stability and development, according to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the West African nation.

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“50% chance” of Ebola returning to West Africa

The likelihood of the deadly Ebola virus re-emerging in West Africa has been put at around 50 per cent by the United Nations.

Over 11,000 people have died in an outbreak of the disease mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Ebola outbreak in West Africa “not yet over”, says UN envoy

The deadly Ebola outbreak which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa is not yet over, according to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Ebola.

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