The European Business Council for Africa

Attacks on the Burkina Faso army headquarters and the French Embassy on 2 March 2018 were better organised, involved heavier weapons and were more sustained than anything seen so far in Burkina Faso.

Operations were carried out by two groups of at least four to five assailants each. While the incidents were confined to the city center, they hit two symbolic targets at the heart of power in the country. The official death toll is sixteen, including nine assailants. Reliable sources indicated more than 30 dead. The number of wounded is around 85.

In this Q&A, our West Africa Program Director Rinaldo Depagne says the jihadist assault further exposes worrying weakness in the Burkinabé security forces.

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Beyond youth rhetoric: creating policies together with young people

Although young people are increasingly recognised as essential contributors to sustainable development, their participation in policy-making is still a challenge. What can Africa and Europe do together to boost youth participation? Read the blog

The Week of 23 February – 2 March 2018

CrisisWatch: February/March 2018

Report: Bangladesh

Trigger List: Iran-U.S., Strait of Hormuz, Golan Heights

Briefing Note: Turkey

Commentary: Syria/Venezuela, Russia/Syria, El Salvador, Nagorno-Karabakh, Colombia

Interviews: Syria, Turkey, El Salvador, Colombia, Israel/Palestine

Crisis Group In The News: Syria, Nigeria, Venezuela/Colombia, China, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Egypt/Ethiopia, Tunisia, Colombia, Turkey

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The European Union’s role in and contribution to development in Africa is what links all the items in this week’s Compass.

The economy of illicit trade in West Africa
A number of illicit activities interact with the economy, security and development of West African states. But how? In this report, the OECD, African Development Bank, World Bank, New Partnership for Africa’s Development Agency and Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa analyse the nature of thirteen criminal and illicit economies, to unveil illicit flows and understand their link to development - and how they hinder it. What leads these economies to thrive, and what motivates those involved?
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Regional organisations in Africa, such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), try to tackle criminal and illicit economies by implementing common governance policies. Learn more about their joint efforts in ecdpm's dossier on regional integration.

The Week of 16 – 23 February 2018

Report: Iraq

Newly Translated Report & Briefing: Israel/Syria, Syria

Commentary: Sudan, Sahel, Mexico

Interviews: Syria, Israel/Palestine, Guatemala

Quotes: Israel/Syria, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Cameroon, Syria, Zimbabwe, Russia/Syria

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This week’s Compass is predominantly about the economy on the African continent. That is, job creation, trade, markets and barriers.

A rapier not a blunderbuss: Why the EU must do better in supporting African job creation

By 2035, Sub-Saharan Africa needs to create more than 320 million jobs to accommodate young labour market entrants, a mammoth task it will not be able to cope by itself. The European Think Tanks Group explores ways in which the EU can help African countries to create jobs and meet the SDGs.
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Morocco’s accession to ECOWAS: Building bridges or rocking the boat?

Only two months after its re-admission to the African Union, Morocco announced its bid to join the West African regional organisation ECOWAS. But while the final decision has been postponed, there are some who question whether Morocco should join at all.

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Lessons from promoting market access for Beninese value chain actors to Nigerian markets

The ‘Approche Communale pour le Marché Agricole au Bénin‘ (ACMA) programme aims to increase food security and enhance the incomes of smallholder farmers and other value chain actors in the Republic of Benin by access to agricultural markets, particularly in Nigeria. The paper presents concrete measures to develop sustainable and inclusive regional value chains and intra-regional trade for the benefit of all actors.

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The Week of 9 – 16 February 2018

Commentary: Turkey, MENA Region, Ten Conflicts to Watch in 2018, El Salvador, Syria, Israel/Syria

Interviews: Israel/Syria, Middle East, Guatemala, Syria, Colombia, Iraq

Videos: Turkey, Korean Peninsula

In Memoriam: Asma Jahangir

Upcoming Event: Conflicts to Watch in 2018: A New World Disorder?

Crisis Group In the News: Israel/Syria, Korean Peninsula, Cameroon, Guatemala, Syria, Ethiopia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Nigeria

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The Week of 2 – 9 February 2018

Report: Syria

Briefing: Syria

Newly Translated Report: Vigilantes in Africa

Commentary: Korean Peninsula, Afghanistan, Syria, Colombia, Tunisia

Interviews: 10 Conflicts to Watch, Syria, Vigilante Groups, Iran, Sri Lanka, Russia, Korean Peninsula, Israel/Palestine, Colombia, South Africa, U.S.

Videos: Syria, 10 Conflicts to Watch

Upcoming Event: Conflicts to Watch in 2018: A New World Disorder?

Quotes: Afghanistan, Korean Peninsula, Syria, Colombia, Yemen, Kenya, Eastern Neighbourhood, Cameroon, Zimbabwe

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EU financing and private investments: Time for a quantum leap

Negotiations on the future of EU finances after 2020 are a unique occasion to reconsider the financial instruments of the European Union, for both internal and external actions. San Bilal argues that the upcoming challenge, to reach the SDGs on a tighter budget under a new MFF, will have to shift the focus to better leverage private finance.

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