West Africa’s Coast Hit By 13,000 Deaths, And Losing Over $3.8 Billion A Year To Erosion, Flooding and Pollution

Environmental degradation in the coastal areas of Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Togo cost 5.3% of the four countries’ GDP in 2017. In Bargny, Senegal, in the last couple of decades, the water eroded more than 200 meters of coast.

The CFA Franc Is A Colonial Relic And Symbol Of French Monetary Imperialism In Africa That Needs To End

The West African nations in the CFA zone are required to deposit 50% of their foreign exchange reserves in a special French Treasury “operating account”. At one point it was 100%!

France And Africa: Macron Sounds Ashamed Of Colonial Past, But His Words Shouldn’t Be Confused With Reality

To this day African countries such as Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Gabon, are required to deposit two-thirds of their foreign exchange surpluses into a French operations account.

West Africa Issues Wake-Up Call To Africa’s Tyrants: Holding Former Rulers Accountable For Atrocities Catching On In Region?

The rest of the continent has so far remained largely immune from the contagion of international criminal justice sweeping West Africa.

It’s Not Technology Holding Africa Back From Taking Up The Internet Of Things. It’s Vested Interests

In late 2016 Senegal launched a cryptocurrency for the countries of the West African Monetary Union. This and similar innovations could provide a new infrastructure for economic development across Africa.