The West Africa Trends Newsletter

The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) has been part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Searchlight Programme since 2011, and has produced monthly editions of the West Africa Trends newsletter since January 2011.

12th January 2015

Extractives and Sustainable Development

The extractives industry is a major sector in the economies of West Africa. It makes a significant contribution to GDP and constitutes a large portion of exports. However, the sector’s impact on the livelihoods of […]
9th January 2015

The Future of Traditional Cereals

For centuries, the traditional cereals of millet and sorghum were the key suppliers of calories in West Africa. However, over the past few decades, these cereals have been steadily losing their share of contribution to […]
9th January 2015

Special Issue

The idea of inclusive economies is gaining traction in economic debates, especially as the realization that the sustained and high economic growth over past decade has failed to deliver jobs for many. Growth has been […]
9th January 2015

Insuring the Poor: Trends and Prospects

Risk mitigation is a priority for the poor as, more than any other group, they are vulnerable and lack resources to make them resilient in the face of disaster. Their coping mechanisms tends to be […]
19th May 2014

The West African Woman: Trends in Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Political Leadership

Stemming from narrow beliefs that limit the role of women to the domestic sphere, women in West Africa have traditionally been marginalized in economic and political spheres. The consequence of this marginalization results in limited […]
19th May 2014

Making Business Work for Development

In this issue we explore the evolving role of business in development. Our emphasis is on “evolving role’: because traditionally Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been the way business has engaged the larger society within […]
12th September 2013

The Changing Marketplace: The Rise of Supermarkets in West Africa

Marketplaces have always been a central part of everyday life in West African society. The traditional marketplace has been a center for selling goods, communing, and entertainment. However, because of globalization and urbanization, two new […]
12th September 2013

Supermarkets: The Future of the West African Marketplace

Marketplaces have always been a central part of everyday life in West African society. The traditional marketplace has been a center for selling goods, communing, and entertainment. However, because of globali­zation and urbanization, two new […]
22nd July 2013

In Search of a Breakthrough: The Water and Sanitation Emergency

Can West Africa meet the MDG on water and sanitation by 2015? Who is most impacted by poor access to clean, consistent water supply? As one of the fastest urbanizing regions in the world, how […]