West Africa

Research on West Africa focuses on regional integration and cooperation, electoral processes and the consolidation of democratic institutions, as well as examining security and policy options for a more stable region.

For our Nigeria research page, please click here.

Africa Programme activities on West Africa focus on regional integration and cooperation, electoral processes and the consolidation of democratic institutions, as well as examining security and policy options for a more stable region.

Nigeria remains a priority focus country for the Africa Programme; further information can be found on the Nigeria research area page.

The Africa Programme follows closely developments in Ghana through events and publications, and in recent years hosted a number of key stakeholders, including then leader of the opposition New Patriotic Party and now president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, former president John Dramani Mahama and former finance minister Seth Terkper.

A 2017 report , which is also available in French, examined governance in infrastructure development in Côte d’Ivoire and how it could help promote sustainable growth in the country. The programme also hosted the prime minister and the president of the National Assembly of Côte d’Ivoire.

The Africa Programme continues to expand its work on the region, to include the politics of ECOWAS and deepening regional integration. A report (forthcoming) will assess political and economic developments in Mauritania and its regional role. By working with Chatham House’s MENA programme, a new research project will assess options for disrupting criminalized trade between Western Sahel and North Africa. 

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Size Matters: Developing Businesses of Scale in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Mauritania’s Domestic Dynamics and Regional Relations

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