Politics & Policy

What lessons can be learnt from the management of the commons in Africa?
Interview

What lessons can be learnt from the management of the commons in Africa?

Chimère Diaw, a Senegalese expert posted in Cameroon and Director General of the African Model Forest Network, analyzes management of the commons in Africa, using the example of Senegalese fishermen.
Chimère Diaw
Prospective foresight in Africa: debating possible options for the future
Interview

Prospective foresight in Africa: debating possible options for the future

Alioune Sall, Director of the African Futures Intitute (AFI), analyses the role of prospective foresight in Africa. Sometimes exploited for political purposes, it remains a useful tool to think new development models for the continent.
Alioune Sall
Good governance: a key issue for DRC’s development?
Interview

Good governance: a key issue for DRC’s development?

DRC’s growth has been strong and stable since 2010. How is that? Which mechanisms created this positive dynamic? Former Prime Minister Ponyo explains what he implemented from 2012 to 2016.
Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon
Ethiopia: “We don’t need aid, we need investments”
Interview

Ethiopia: “We don’t need aid, we need investments”

Its per capita income is one of the lowest in the world but its growth is around 10%. Ethiopia is moving forward, thanks to domestic savings and sustained investments. Interview with Meles Mebrahtu, Ethiopian Minister of Industry.
Meles Mebrahtu
Fighting corruption is key for development
Interview

Fighting corruption is key for development

Fighting against poverty implies a battle against all forms of corruption, in Africa and everywhere else in the world. Transparency International makes sure the issue of good governance is at the heart of the discussions on development.
Craig Fagan
How to tackle Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin?
Conference synthesis

How to tackle Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin?

Boko Haram, renamed Islamic State’s West Africa (ISWA) since its allegiance to Daesh, has come out of its initial local context, based in Nigeria. It is today planning armed violence at regional level, from Nigeria to Niger and from Chad to Cameroon. The violence of this radical group has created...
ID4D editorial staff
Syrian refugees: “Development assistance in Lebanon and Jordan must be unconditional”
Opinion

Syrian refugees: “Development assistance in Lebanon and Jordan must be unconditional”

The consequences of the Syrian crisis in both Jordan and Lebanon are a core concern for Haneen Sayed, Program Leader for Human Development, Poverty, Jobs and Gender at the World Bank-Lebanon.
Haneen Ismail Sayed
“Provide money at a low cost, rather than aid-heavy projects”
Interview

“Provide money at a low cost, rather than aid-heavy projects”

Homi Kharas, deputy director for the Global Economy and Development programme at the Brookings Institution, has served as the lead author and executive secretary of the secretariat supporting the High Level Panel, co-chaired by President Sirleaf, President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Cameron...
Homi Kharas
Microfinance in West Africa: Regulatory efforts must be pursued
Interview

Microfinance in West Africa: Regulatory efforts must be pursued

The number of MFIs in West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) countries increased sevenfold between 1993 and 2011, from 100 to 770. Regional institutions have set out to address the growth of microfinance by introducing provisions to oversee the activity of MFIs. Regional regulatory...
Daphnée Setondji
“PPPs are not an end in themselves, but a tool for a project of public interest”
Interview

“PPPs are not an end in themselves, but a tool for a project of public interest”

Africa’s needs for infrastructure expenditure have been estimated at USD 93bn a year for 10 years, i.e. 15% of African GDP. Can Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) contribute to meeting these needs? We take stock of this financial tool with Lionel Yondo, PPP expert in AFD’s Africa Department...
Lionel Yondo, Dominique Hautbergue, Anne Gautier
Syrian migrants: “The education of young refugees in Europe: A golden opportunity”
Interview

Syrian migrants: “The education of young refugees in Europe: A golden opportunity”

Dawn Chatty, a U.S.-British anthropologist specialized in the Middle East, has worked alternately on Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, Afghan refugees in Iran, then on Iraqi refugees in Syria, and is today working on Syrian refugees throughout the region. An interview.
Dawn Chatty
Syria: “One of the three reasons why migrants leave is to find electricity, after security and employment!”
Interview

Syria: “One of the three reasons why migrants leave is to find electricity, after security and employment!”

International community programs must not only focus on the countries which host the most Syrian refugees – Lebanon and Jordan –, but must also take Syria into account. This is the view put forward by Abdallah Al Dardari, former Minister of Planning in Syria and Deputy Executive Secretary of the...
Abdallah Al Dardari
Financing development through better domestic resource mobilization
Opinion

Financing development through better domestic resource mobilization

Over the last 15 years, developing countries have increased domestic revenues by on average 14% annually. The domestic revenues of developing economies amounted to USD 7.7 trillion in 2012 ; that’s USD 6 trillion more than in 2000. Domestic resources are the largest, most important and most...
Gail Hurley, Nergis Gülasan
Six critical areas for stability in West Africa
To achieve the SDGs: partnerships and commitments by the North and South
Interview

To achieve the SDGs: partnerships and commitments by the North and South

The SDGs – there are 17 of them – are even more ambitious than the MDGs and include the plan to eradicate poverty. The question remains of how to implement them, as Friederike Röder, Director of ONE France, explains.
Friederike Röder
Putting local authorities back at the center of humanitarian action
Interview

Putting local authorities back at the center of humanitarian action

When we bring up the subject of “humanitarian action”, “NGOs” very often come to mind. But what role do local authorities play? An interview with Bertrand Gallet, Managing Director of CUF (Cités Unies France) and President of ACTED, an NGO set up at the initiative of the Convergences Forum.
Bertrand Gallet
Post-Arab Spring: Sustainable development via a nexus approach
Opinion

Post-Arab Spring: Sustainable development via a nexus approach

In September 2015, Arab countries will need to commit to contributing to the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving them poses an even greater challenge since the Arab Spring has reversed the social and economic progress that these countries had experienced at the beginning of...
Samir Aita
Crafting Institutions for Localized Aid
Opinion

Crafting Institutions for Localized Aid

Today, most development practitioners agree that “going local” should be the way to deliver foreign aid. However, while this idea is widely embraced in principle, turning it into action is the hard problem. After all, aid professionals are steeped in the framework of universal best practices. In...
Yuen Yuen Ang
Corruption runs counter to economic interest
Interview

Corruption runs counter to economic interest

According to the report by the NGO ONE “Heist of the Century”, every year, at least a thousand billion dollars are leaked from the world’s poorest countries due to money laundering, tax fraud and corruption. “Good governance”, transparency and the fight against corruption are criteria that are...
Nathalie Delapalme
Central African Republic crisis: it's all about trust!
Opinion

Central African Republic crisis: it's all about trust!

Since March 2013, the Central African Republic has been experiencing an unprecedented political, security and humanitarian crisis. This chaos is the result of the deep crisis of confidence that has existed in the country since it was created in 1958. The partners working to resolve this crisis...
Shérazade Gatfaoui
Post-conflict statebuilding: three key questions
Opinion

Post-conflict statebuilding: three key questions

For several years and for very different conflicts, the “international community” has systematically recommended statebuilding. It is presented as one of the obvious solution to these conflicts and appears in the manual for international interventions. Given the difficulties and failures that...
Thierry Vircoulon
Building Resilience in Africa’s Fragile States
Opinion

Building Resilience in Africa’s Fragile States

About a billion people, a majority in Africa, live in fragile states—countries in which the government is impaired to deliver basic public services to the population and promote security and development. These states have an elevated risk of both political and economic instability. Some countries...
Roger Nord
In fragile countries, strengthening the State must be the priority
Interview

In fragile countries, strengthening the State must be the priority

Today it is recognized that there is no security without development and no development without a minimum of human security. Reducing the structural factors of State fragility and managing crises and their impacts are two challenges that international aid wants to address. Interview with Erik...
Erik Solheim
Neutralize facilitators of corruption
Opinion

Neutralize facilitators of corruption

International Anti-Corruption Day is of particular importance in 2014. It is going to take place at the end of a year which has seen considerable progress in the fight against this scourge and during the final phase of crucial negotiations at European level. The European Union is currently...
Friederike Röder