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Living on the edge: Saving West Africa’s coastal assets

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For generations, coastal communities in West Africa have lived off the land and sea, depending on the region’s abundant natural resources for their nutrition, health and economic activity. Coastal habitats such as mangroves and coral reefs, both important breeding grounds for fish, as well as hydrocarbon and mineral deposits, have helped foster thriving cities, trade, commerce and economic development in the region’s coastal zones, the source of 56% of West Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP.)

Financer les villes d’Afrique : l’enjeu de l’investissement local Villes d’Afrique : changer d’échelle dans les montants d’investissement

Thierry Paulais's picture
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La crise financière de 2009 avait mis en évidence l’imbrication profonde des finances des collectivités territoriales et des politiques de l’habitat avec l’ensemble des systèmes financiers et de l’économie. L’accélération de la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique et les perspectives ouvertes par les débats préparatoires à la COP 21 mettent une nouvelle fois au premier rang les collectivités locales dont les responsabilités sont croissantes, à la fois sur le plan de l’adaptation et sur le plan de l’atténuation.
 

Financing Africa’s cities: The local investment challenge

Thierry Paulais's picture
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The 2009 financial crisis demonstrated how closely local government finances and housing policies are intertwined with the financial systems and the economy as a whole. The ramping up of efforts to combat global warming and the prospects created by the COP 21 preliminary discussions have once again thrust local governments into the spotlight, with their growing responsibilities in the areas of adaptation and mitigation.

Changement climatique et infrastructures en Afrique : puisqu’il faut s’adapter, agissons maintenant et intelligemment

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Dans moins d’une semaine, les dirigeants de plus de 190 pays se rencontreront à Paris pour parvenir à un nouvel accord visant à éviter un réchauffement de l’atmosphère terrestre supérieur à 2°C par rapport aux niveaux préindustriels.

Plus que jamais, la question de l’adaptation sera au centre des discussions. Accepter de limiter le réchauffement climatique à 2°C revient pour les négociateurs à reconnaître qu’un certain niveau de réchauffement est inévitable. Les pays devront donc s’adapter et des ressources adéquates seront nécessaires pour aider les pays les plus pauvres à mener à bien cette transition.

Lutter contre la pauvreté grâce à la puissance industrielle ? Quelques réflexions à l’occasion de la Journée de l’industrialisation de l’Afrique

Aletheia Amalia Donald's picture
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Alors que l’on célèbre le 26e anniversaire de la Journée de l'industrialisation de l'Afrique, un volumineux rapport publié par la Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique remet sur le devant de la scène la nécessaire transformation structurelle des pays africains via l’industrialisation, condition sine qua non d’une croissance économique soutenue et de l’élimination de la pauvreté sur ce continent.

Climate change and Africa’s Infrastructure: Adapt now, but do so wisely

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In less than a week, the leaders of more than 190 countries will meet in Paris to reach a new agreement to prevent the warming of the earth’s atmosphere from exceeding two degrees above pre-industrial times.
The issue of adaptation will feature more prominently than ever in the discussion. Agreeing to limit warming to two degrees means the negotiators recognize that certain degree of warming is unavoidable.  Countries need to adapt, and adequate resources are needed to help poorer countries make the transition.

How should countries go about adaptation? The answer is not an easy one. The technological solutions to reduce emissions are well known, but exactly how development decisions in response to anticipated climate change are most effectively made is a lot trickier.

“Industrial-strength” poverty reduction? Thoughts on Africa Industrialization Day

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Leading up to the 26th anniversary of “Africa Industrialization Day,” a big new report by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) puts the structural transformation of African economies through industrialization back in the spotlight as imperative to ensure sustained economic growth and poverty eradication on the continent.

Sustaining structural reforms in Africa in good and tough times

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The recently-published
Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by the International Monetary Fund underscores the enduring view of  international financial institutions that the depth, pace and perfecting of structural reforms needs to continue, not only for competitiveness and growth but also for resilience should external headwinds emerge. The report also presents an important opportunity to further develop this agenda, by the additional treatment of the underlying causes, particularly non-price based ones, and thereby generate a more actionable view of the growth, competitiveness and equality trends so incisively presented in the report.

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