About: Western Africa

Development Policy 30-05-2017

Change of mentalities needed to end child marriage

Child marriage often cuts short a girl’s education and increases the possibility of death in childbirth or injuries. West and Central Africa have some of the world’s highest rates of child marriage – three in four girls in Niger, and more than half in Mali, are married by the time they turn 18 – according to UNICEF.
Development Policy 11-05-2016

Fair trade, heat-resistant chocolate is winning recipe for Togo

Organic, fair trade chocolate has proved popular in recent years, especially with ethically-minded Western consumers keen to give cocoa farmers around the world a better deal.
Global Europe 13-11-2015

EU evacuates families and non-essential staff from Burundi

The European Union is to evacuate the families of staff members as well as some non-essential employees from Burundi after a wave of political violence in the central African nation, officials said Friday (13 November).
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Economy & Jobs 04-03-2015

David Miliband: The most valuable resource to fight Ebola is local staff and leaders

The Ebola epidemic has been beaten back by local community education, mobilization and organization led by trusted figures in the diverse communities in West Africa, David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, said in a speech on Wednesday (3 March).
Development Policy 03-03-2015

Andriukaitis: Ebola highlights Africa’s health challenges

The Ebola: From Emergency to Recovery conference, being held by the European Commission today (3 March), provides an important opportunity to plan for the long term recovery and resilience of affected countries, Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Development Policy 27-02-2015

Lack of social safety net hampers fight against killer diseases

SPECIAL REPORT: Billions of people in developing nations lack the health and social protections that most Europeans take for granted, a gap that experts say harms efforts to reduce poverty and prevent crises like the killer Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Christos Stylianides
Development Policy 19-12-2014

Stylianides: We need strong bridges between humanitarian and development aid

As the world struggles to deal with crises, there is a need to change the way we think about managing them, while building stronger bridges between humanitarian aid and development assistance, Commissioner Christos Stylianides told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Development Policy 11-12-2014

EU cuts aid to Gambia over human rights concerns

The European Union has withdrawn millions of euros of funding from Gambia due to its poor human rights record, according to an EU spokesman, at a time when the mainly Muslim West African nation is looking more to the Middle East for support.
Development Policy 16-10-2014

EU looks for volunteers to fight Ebola in West Africa

EU officials said Wednesday (15 October) that the main challenge is to mobilise more medical staff, including volunteers, and send them to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the countries mostly hit by the Ebola epidemic.
Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014 [Photo: Reuters]
Development Policy 14-10-2014

EU to discuss ‘innovative’ military coordination against Ebola

On 16 October, European Union diplomats will discuss a plan to give the EU a coordinating role for European military missions countering the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
Development Policy 08-10-2014

Commission summons Spain over Ebola case mishandling

The European Commission asked for "explanations" from Spain Tuesday (7 October) about the circumstances surrounding the infection of a nurse with the Ebola virus, who was in contact with one of two ill Spanish priests, who died of the disease in Madrid. EURACTIV Spain contributed to this article.
Development Policy 06-10-2014

Scientists predict Ebola will hit Europe in coming weeks

Scientists have used Ebola disease spread patterns and airline traffic data to predict a 75% chance the virus could be imported to France by October 24, and a 50% chance it could hit Britain by that date.
Obama meets with doctors and healthcare professionals from Emory Hospital at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta [White House]
Development Policy 17-09-2014

Obama sends troops to West Africa to contain Ebola

US President Barack Obama yesterday (16 September) called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the US role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region.
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Development Policy 16-09-2014

EU calls for wider response to the Ebola epidemic

The EU will intensify its financial assistance to Western Africa, in order to contribute to the efforts in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. At a special meeting held yesterday (15 September) in Brussels, the bloc reiterated its willingness to work hard to stop the spread of the disease. EURACTIV Spain reports.
ECOWAS countries
Development Policy 28-03-2014

West African states close to trade deal with EU

West African nations held last-minute talks yesterday (27 March) to address lingering doubts over an agreement with the European Union that would open up the region's economy of 300 million consumers to tariff-free trade, officials said.
Development Policy 15-11-2013

EU finalises trade deal with western African states

The European Union could finalise a trade agreement with West Africa's 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) within the next three months, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said yesterday (14 November).

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