Sahel: are donors out of touch with on-the-ground knowledge?

Sahel: are donors out of touch with on-the-ground knowledge?

In a recent article, the academic Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan pointed out that donors lack on-the-ground knowledge in the places where they operate. But isn’t the problem above all the inability of development operators to make proper use of their on-the-ground knowledge when designing and...

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Mozambique: from natural gas fields to Islamist insurgency
Opinion

Mozambique: from natural gas fields to Islamist insurgency

In Mozambique, the spread of Islamist insurgency and the failure of the security forces in dealing with it cannot be understood without first examining the path the country has taken since the discovery of liquefied natural gas fields in 2013.
Thierry Vircoulon
The “Desert Flower” scenario: the development possibilities for the Sahel countries
Opinion

The “Desert Flower” scenario: the development possibilities for the Sahel countries

The Sahel is one of the regions simultaneously facing the most numerous challenges. According to the recent “Desert Flower” scenario, the five countries of the region could reach an intermediate level of development by 2033 with adequate political leadership.
Stellah Kwasi, Jakkie Cilliers
When Covid-19 leads to dangerous variants of nationalism
Opinion

When Covid-19 leads to dangerous variants of nationalism

India, Brazil, Hungary… Regimes that openly profess militant nationalism are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. However, outside these countries, Covid-19 has given rise to nationalistic variants in crisis management policies, with varying degrees of effectiveness
Bertrand Badie
Commons, the way forward for Africa
Opinion

Commons, the way forward for Africa

In the face of growing health, climate and social crises, the solidarity-based governance model for commons is becoming increasingly relevant. On the continent, there have been some encouraging precedents.
Pierre Jacquemot
Is a demographic disaster unavoidable in Niger?
Opinion

Is a demographic disaster unavoidable in Niger?

Current data suggests “a confirmed demographic explosion” in Niger, with alarming short and medium-term consequences. The examples of Kenya and Bangladesh, however, suggest that we should put this forecast into perspective and delve deeper into the analysis of the population-growth link.
Yves Charbit, Stan Becker
Statebuilding, an approach that needs rethinking
Opinion

Statebuilding, an approach that needs rethinking

Faced with contemporary social conflicts, the answer given by international stakeholders is a combination of “security and development” through, in particular, the reconstruction of the State. However, statebuilding, through its technical and apolitical approach, fails to address the social...
Xavier Lhote
The difficult course set for Yemeni sports, between human success and setbacks
Opinion

The difficult course set for Yemeni sports, between human success and setbacks

In Yemen, a country broken by years of conflict, sports reveal internal social dynamics. Football is one of the rare sources of national unity.
Raphaël Le Magoariec
For a new global pact on sustainable development adapted to demographic change
Opinion

For a new global pact on sustainable development adapted to demographic change

Demographic trends differ across the globe, with some countries experiencing high fertility rates and others societal aging. Future development models will have to adapt to these contradictory and increasingly marked trends.
Serge Rabier, Farid Lamara
The “population bomb”: a barrier to sustainable development?
Opinion

The “population bomb”: a barrier to sustainable development?

Is the increase in the world population really a “population bomb”? Beyond the number of inhabitants of the planet, it is our mode of development and its limits that first and foremost need to be questioned.
Serge Rabier, Farid Lamara
Migration as seen from developed countries: demographic realities, ideology and political choices
Opinion

Migration as seen from developed countries: demographic realities, ideology and political choices

Academic Yves Charbit explains that control of migration flows by a purely numbers-based approach–a practice preferred by developed countries–is not only ineffective, but also counter-productive for Europe. The second episode in our series: “Tomorrow, 9 billion people”.
Yves Charbit
Worldwide demographic change: new horizons for development
Opinion

Worldwide demographic change: new horizons for development

At the start of 2021, iD4D has chosen to analyze the big demographic trends at work in the world. This first episode of our series “Tomorrow, 9 billion people” gives an overview of these major developments.
Serge Rabier, Hélène Djoufelkit
Conflicts: The multilateralism crisis has caused the failure of international interventions
Opinion

Conflicts: The multilateralism crisis has caused the failure of international interventions

In a geopolitical context in turmoil and faced with the failure of international interventions, there is an urgent need to change the approach to try to resolve the conflicts of today.
Thierry Vircoulon
Informed and responsible narratives on migration, a common cause
Opinion

Informed and responsible narratives on migration, a common cause

By producing quality content and fighting against disinformation, media coverage of migration can help inform public debate and strengthen social cohesion.
Mélodie Beaujeu, Charles Autheman, Ambroise Pierre
In Argentina, a major legislative win
Press Review

In Argentina, a major legislative win

Argentina lawmakers have passed a bill to legalize abortion. A major and unprecedented step for the fourth country to make abortion legal in Latin America. As issues around climate, democracy and human rights are being fought over, solutions are also implemented.
How to move from humanitarian aid in Africa to African humanitarian workers
Opinion

How to move from humanitarian aid in Africa to African humanitarian workers

Based on its own experience, the NGO ALIMA is advocating for a real localization of humanitarian aid. An emergency brought to the fore by the COVID-19 crisis.
Richard Kojan, Augustin Augier, Moumouni Kinda
International humanitarian aid needs transformation to avoid paralysis
Interview

International humanitarian aid needs transformation to avoid paralysis

International humanitarian aid relies on voluntary contributions from a small number of Western countries—a model that puts the capacity for action by NGOs into jeopardy. In his latest book, 0.03%! (published in French by Éditions Parole), Pierre Micheletti, President of Action Contre la Faim...
Pierre Micheletti
Providing aid to Lebanon, an impossible mission?
Opinion

Providing aid to Lebanon, an impossible mission?

What can be done to help Lebanon recover from the devastating explosion on August 4, amid a serious political crisis and the collapse of its banking system?
Sibylle Rizk
Diversity and domination: for a paradigm shift in international aid
Opinion

Diversity and domination: for a paradigm shift in international aid

The current identity of the international aid sector is still structured, in both the North and South, by a Western approach to how funds are allocated and controlled.
Jean-François Riffaud
Armed forces in the Sahel face challenges of transparency and corruption
Opinion

Armed forces in the Sahel face challenges of transparency and corruption

For lasting stability in the Sahel, better democratic control of the defense and security sector in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger is crucial. It requires more transparency.
Oswald Padonou
How COVID-19 boosts China’s power
Interview

How COVID-19 boosts China’s power

Does the COVID-19 crisis signal the advent of Chinese hegemony? The communist regime is emerging from this momentous health episode stronger than ever, says Alice Ekman, China expert at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).
Alice Ekman
Defusing the “Demographic Timebomb”:</br>Overpopulation, Growth and Anthropogenic Pressure
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Defusing the “Demographic Timebomb”:
Overpopulation, Growth and Anthropogenic Pressure

According to the UN, the world’s population will exceed 8 billion in 2025. This figure has alarmed some experts, who have alluded to a ‘demographic timebomb’ for global warming. But is anthropogenic pressure on the environment solely a demographic issue? And isn’t demography...
ID4D editorial staff
In Mali, the first victim of the coup of 18 August is politics
Opinion

In Mali, the first victim of the coup of 18 August is politics

Could the forced resignation of President Keïta offer a fresh start for Mali? Thomas Hofnung, editor-in-chief of iD4D, sees above all a long-term danger of increasing people’s mistrust of politicians.
Thomas Hofnung
Aid Workers in Conflict Zones: not heroes, not spies
Opinion

Aid Workers in Conflict Zones: not heroes, not spies

In areas disputed by various armed groups, aid workers must constantly make practical trade-offs. This article presents two examples from the troubled conflict zone of the Sahel.
Yvan Guichaoua, Tatiana Smirnova, Anne Roussel
Schools under attack in Anglophone Cameroon
Opinion

Schools under attack in Anglophone Cameroon

In Cameroon, 850,000 students have been deprived of school since 2016 due to the conflict that is shaking up the country and dividing the population.
Cynthia Petrigh

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