In the oil-producing Niger Delta south, and – less reported but often the most deadly – there’s spiralling violence between pastoralist Fulani herders and local farmers in the northwest.
In the six years since January 2012, armed groups in West Africa’s Sahel region have grown considerably
The rest of the continent has so far remained largely immune from the contagion of international criminal justice sweeping West Africa.
Violence in Africa has been moving away from armed conflicts to higher levels of riots, protests and social violence, such as homicide and violence associated with organised crime.
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.