UNE INFLUENCE CROISSANTE: La Chine en Afrique de L'ouest

Cette édition de West Africa Insight Cs’intéresse à la manière dont la Chine étend son influence en Afrique de l’Ouest. Tobi Oshodi et James Barnett commencent par donner une vue d’ensemble et une analyse du rôle que les Instituts Confucius, qui sont maintenant au nombre de 15 en Afrique de l’Ouest, jouent pour soutenir l’agenda …

Increasing Influence: China in West Africa

This edition of West Africa Insight reflects on the ways China is extending its influence across West Africa. Tobi Oshodi and James Barnett start by providing an overview and analysis of the role Confucius Institutes, of which there are now 15 in West Africa, are playing in support of China’s soft power agenda in the …

Personal Data and the Influence Industry in Nigerian Elections

In Nigeria’s 2015 election, Cambridge Analytica (CA) spread targeted disinformation to suppress opposition votes and allegedly released sensitive medical and financial information about then opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari. In 2018, the Nigerian government formed a committee to investigate, amongst others, CA’s 2015 activities and promised criminal prosecutions if necessary. However, two years on, there has …

It is time to start taking West Africa’s legislative contests more seriously

By Kojo Asante Parliamentary elections were scheduled in as many as 16 African countries in 2020 but due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic four of these polls were postponed. In 2021, a further ten countries are scheduled to hold legislative votes. Despite the frequency of these elections, rarely do they attract significant …

Liberia's Truth And Reconciliation Commission: Reviving Its Recommendations?

After 14 years of civil war that flouted six peace agreements, Liberians representing the warring parties along with civil society groups,and political parties signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) inAccra, Ghana, on 18 August 2003. The CPA called for the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission and an inclusive two-year interim national government. The …

Sustaining Peace: Reflections On Transitional Justice Approaches In West Africa

For several decades, West Africa has faced different and varying degrees ofviolent conflict, authoritarian and repressive undemocratic governments.The region has witnessed civil wars, political conflicts, insurgencies, inter-communal conflicts and the “not so new” trend of violent extremism. Liberia experienced more than 14 years of civil unrest and conflict. The country had two distinct civil wars …

CDD Ranked High Among Sub-Saharan Think Tanks

January 31, 2021 Abuja, Nigeria CDD Ranked High Among Sub-Saharan Think Tanks A new ranking by the Global To Go Think Tank Index of the University of Pennsylvania has ranked the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) as the top-rank civil society think tank organisation in Nigeria. The 2020 report released Thursday, January 28, 2021, …

Experts Call for Improved African Representation on Climate Negotiation Table

As changes in climate and adverse weather conditions which have led to harsh livelihood continue to appear on the front burners of discussion, experts have called for collaboration among critical stakeholders to ensure adequate representation of the Africa continent on the climate negotiation table. The call was made during a webinar organised by the Centre …

CDD Election Statement Burkina Faso

Political Context With Burkina Faso set to hold presidential elections on 22 November 2020, there are fears of the widespread inability of accessing polling stations due to the presence of extremist groups that have disrupted voter registration in many parts of the country. The incumbent, President Roc Marc Kabore is seeking a second five-year term …

Tackling COVID-19: Finding West Africa's Path

Introduction The days when COVID-19 was only a distant threat to West African countries are over. It is now evident that the virus is here to stay andmust be addressed with practical responses that take into account the West African settings. Although the infection curve is not exponential, community transmission is beginning to gain ground …

Polls in Peril? West Africa's 2020 elections

In the last quarter of 2020, five of the 15 Economic Community of West African States member countries are facing important elections. In   October, presidential elections will take place in Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire (October), with general elections to follow in Burkina Faso November), Ghana and Niger (both December). This edition of West Africa Insights starts with a …

Cote D’Ivoire’s High‐Stake Presidential Election

Ivorians will head to the polls to vote in a presidential election on 31 October 2020. The election is already causing severe tensions along long-­ standing political and ethnic divides, raising security risks in the country. With only a few weeks to the elections, the president of CEI announced that the 2020 provisional electoral list, …

THREATS TO CREDIBLE ELECTIONS IN COTE D’IVOIRE: AN OVERVIEW

Cote d’Ivoire is one of six ECOWAS member states scheduled to hold elections in 2020. The 31 October vote will be the fifth presidential election since the death of the ‘pere foundateur de la nation’ (father of the nation) Felix Houphouet Boigny in 1993. It will be held against the backdrop of 2011 post-electoral crisis, …

Climate Change: Recognising the Impacts on West Africa

The United States, one of the major culprits with regards to carbon emissions, had been ill-disposed to climate action even before it pulledout of the Paris Agreement – a global framework to limit global warming to below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C – in 2019. The current US administration gets a …

COVID-19 EN AFRIQUE DE L’OUEST Réponse et impacts

Au 26 juin, plus de 65 000 cas de Covid-19 ont été enregistrés dans les 15 pays qui composent la Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique del’Ouest, depuis que la pandémie est signalée pour la première fois dans la région, en provenance de l’Europe, via le Nigeria vers la fin de février. Cette édition spéciale …

Mali’s 2020 Coup: How did we get here?

Mali has been facing a serious socio-political crisis that has threatened to tear the country apart since March when the constitutional court overturned 31 provisional parliamentary election results, many in favour of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s (IBKs) party. The overturn exacerbated pre-existing political tension across the country and led citizens to protest. The main opposition …

Le CDD condamne le coup au Mali et appelle au rétablissement de l’ordre constitutionnel

Le Centre pour la démocratie et le développement (CDD) condamne sans réserve la prise de pouvoir inconstitutionnelle au Mali. C’est le moment de prendre des mesures immédiates pour rétablir un ordre démocratique, fondé sur l’État de droit, le respect des droits de l’homme et un système de gouvernance ancré dans la volonté du peuple malien.  …

CDD Condemns Mali Coup, Calls For Restoration of Constitutional Order

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) unequivocally condemns the unconstitutional takeover of power in Mali. This is the time for immediate steps to restore a democratic order, founded on the rule of law, respect for human rights and a governance system anchored on the will of the people of Mali.   CDD is of …

Elections, Democracy and COVID-19 in West Africa

Based on its analysis of elections conducted so far in West Africa during the current pandemic, the Centre for Democracy and Development outlines the following considerations to guide the conduct of elections under the pandemic: Tissued by national governments, public health authorities, and national task forces on the movement and safety of people should inform …

Les OSC d'Afrique de l'Ouest demandent à la CEDEAO de prioriser son processus d'intervention au Mali

Abuja 13 Juillet 2020 Les OSC d’Afrique de l’Ouest demandent à la CEDEAO de prioriser son processus d’intervention au Mali Etant donné la crise en cours au Mali, les organisations de la société civile en Afrique de l’Ouest ont, le lundi 13 juillet 2020, appelé la Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO) …