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.

2nd May 2013

The Future of Slums: Rethinking Their Place in West Africa’s Cities

An overwhelming majority of people in West Africa’s cities lives in slums. As more people leave the rural areas and flock to cities, slums are increasingly becoming the defining characteristic of cities in the region...
2nd April 2013

Building Bigger, Better Gateways: The Future of West Africa’s Ports and Harbors

Ports are key to economies of the region as they facilitate trade, provide good jobs and attract industries. The huge growth in trade throughout West Africa, and projected future growth has put unprecedented pressure on...
4th February 2013

The Hidden Potential of Cassava: The Future of West Africa’s Most Undervalued Crop

Can this “poor man’s crop” be a key to food security in Africa, and the regions industrial transformer? Are women taking advantage of cassava’s untapped potential? Or do perceptions that it is a lowly subsistence...
16th January 2013

A New Gold Rush: The Boom in World Prices Has Fueled a Gold Rush Across West Africa; but There Are Worrying Trends

“All that glitters is not gold~ may be a tired old saying but for citizens and communities across West Africa this holds a meaning that is as literal as it can get. The region has...
30th July 2012

Beyond Big Dreams

How will new national visions and long-term plans improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Africa? National long-term planning appears to have come full circle in many countries across the West African region....
29th May 2012

Welcome to 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. The Rockefeller Foundation started the...
1st April 2012

West African Trends Newsletter Special Issue: Reflections from 2011

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. The Rockefeller Foundation started the...
2nd February 2012

West African Trends Newsletter: Banking the Unbanked

In West Africa, over 80% of the population are outside the scope of formal banking. This unbanked population, mostly small farmers, traders and small entrepreneurs in the informal sector have limited access to mainstream banking...