Associate Fellow, Africa Programme
Paul Melly
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+44 20 7916 0955


Paul Melly is a journalist focusing on development, politics and business issues in Africa and the Middle East, contributing to Africa Confidential, MEED, the EIU and Oxford Analytica.

He takes a special interest in francophone Africa and Madagascar, and has written on the Sahel the EU Institute for Security Studies.

Paul also reports on banking, political risk and development finance.


  • Francophone Africa - eg. CAR, Guinea, Mali, Congo Brazzaville, Madagascar
  • French and EU Africa policy
  • Development policy, IMF/World Bank Africa strategy, grassroots development
  • Development finance; project and trade financing


2000 - dateEditor, then Senior Contributing Editor, Gulf States Newsletter
1993 - 2000Assistant Editor, Africa Analysis
1989 - dateCountry report author, various francophone African states, Economist Intelligence Unit
1986 - dateFreelance contributor to Africa Confidential, the Africa Report, the Globe and Mail, Oxford Analytica, Writenet Africa reports, MEED etc