In 2012 the United Nations General Assembly created a mechanism to monitor commitments made by African countries and their partners to improve Africa's economic development. The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) is the secretariat for the mechanism, and works with other UN agencies to track progress on these commitments. Maged Abdelaziz, United Nations' secretary-general's special adviser on Africa, talks about what the UN hopes to accomplish with the monitoring mechanism.
- Olivier Monnier in Abidjan
Politicians are getting ready for elections in 2015, while businessmen, financiers and sportsmen plot out their futures.
- Richard Munang and Jesica Andrews
Is Africa under a climate change siege? Can the region expand its trade under current conditions? Experts say yes to both questions, but, in addition to reducing barriers to new and existing trade, countries will have to use their ecosystems to protect the continent's productive sectors from the negative impact of climate change.
- Nirit Ben-Ari and Kingsley Ighobor
The International Trade Centre (ITC), a subsidiary of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), provides technical assistance on global trade to businesses in developing countries. Arancha González, the ITC's executive director, talks about the centre's activities and Africa's growing influence in the global marketplace.
In the last decade Boko Haram has morphed, with remarkable inventiveness, from a sporadically violent band of proselytizers who wanted to be left undisturbed, to a disturbingly efficient network of terror cells with international affiliations, focused exclusively on waging war against the Nigerian state.