25 July 2019
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READING OF THE WEEK
Africa's Pulse: An Analysis of Issues Shaping Africa’s Economic Future
World Bank Group
Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to have decelerated
from 2.5 percent in 2017 to 2.3 percent in 2018, below the rate of growth of
the population for the fourth consecutive year, and 0.4 percentage point lower
than projected in the October 2018 issue of Africa’s Pulse. This slowdown was
more pronounced in the first half of 2018 and reflected weaker exports from the
region’s large oil exporters (Nigeria and Angola), due to falling oil
production amid higher but volatile international crude oil prices.
NORTH AFRICA / SAHEL / SUB – SAHARA
Mauritania’s Unfolding Landscape Elections, Hydrocarbons and Socio-Economic Change
Mauritania’s democratic record is not flawless, and conditions have
tightened since the regime’s more tolerant early years; strident critics have
sometimes been met with a belligerent and repressive state response. However,
the country remains a pluralistic polity, where a range of views is expressed
and the ruling UPR is open to democratic electoral challenge and, in some
Country Policy and Information Note Nigeria - Trafficking of women
Home Office UK
This note provides country of origin information (COI) and analysis of COI for use by Home Office decision makers handling particular types of protection and human rights claims (as set out in the basis of claim section). It is not intended to be an exhaustive survey of a particular subject or theme. Fear of persecution or serious harm by traffickers or other non-state actors because the person is a (potential) female victim of trafficking.
Incoherent Agendas: Do EU migration policies threaten regional integration in West Africa?
European Union (EU) policies towards Africa have in the past years experienced a shift away from forging relations based on trade and development, to cooperation based on and measured by the successes of joint migration management. The emerging evidence and policy analysis strongly suggest that the EU policies in West Africa have the power to create incentives and even localised policy outcomes that could in the medium term challenge ECOWAS commitments to freedom of movement, and in that way also likely slow down the processes of regional economic and political integration.
MbZ and the Future Leadership of the United Arab Emirates
The Washington Institute For Near East Policy
In practice, Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, is already the political leader of the United Arab Emirates, even though the federation’s president, and Abu Dhabi’s leader, is his elder half-brother Sheikh Khalifa. This study examines leadership in the UAE and what might happen if, for whatever reason, Sheikh Muhammad, widely known as MbZ, does not become either the ruler of Abu Dhabi or president of the UAE.
Saving the Stockholm Agreement and Averting a Regional Conflagration in Yemen
International Crisis Group
Yemen witnessed a rare moment of international coherence and focus in December 2018 when a UN-brokered, U.S.-backed accord prevented a battle for the Red Sea port city of Hodeida and staved off a likely famine. Seven months on, UN-led attempts to demilitarise Hodeida and two nearby ports are at risk of running aground, in turn preventing long hoped-for political negotiations to end the war.
Is Sub-Saharan Africa Facing Another Systemic Sovereign Debt Crisis?
Africa Growth Initiative
Concern is increasing about the prospect of a new sovereign debt crisis in countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The previous debt crisis of the 1990s is still fresh. It has only been 14 years since officials from major creditor countries (a group known as the Paris Club)2 and multilaterals adopted the ambitious Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI) for outright forgiveness of debt owed by a group of 36 low-income poor countries.
Threats to international peace and security
Acknowledging, in this regard, that terrorists can benefit from organized crime, whether domestic or transnational, such as the trafficking in arms, drugs, artefacts, cultural property and trafficking in persons, as well as the illicit trade in natural resources including gold and other precious metals and stones, minerals, charcoal and oil, illicit trafficking in wildlife and other crimes, …