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January 15, 2015

USAID, together with FHI 360, is hosting the first West Africa Digital Development Forum on Monday, January 26, 2015 in Accra, Ghana. The rapid proliferation of affordable mobile phones and deepening access to the Internet is transforming the world and reshaping how governments and organizations engage with citizens. This one-day event will celebrate the progress made in several critical areas of innovation in West Africa, and drive the conversation on technology-enabled development in the region.

Through an engaging mix of panel discussions and TED-style lightning talks, the forum will highlight innovative programs, business models, and partnerships from across the region.

The forum is also an exciting opportunity to meet and interact with over 100 people from the digital technology and international development communities, including local technology firms, USAID implementing partners, donors, and others who are using digital technologies to transform development in West Africa.

Space is limited.  Register here to attend.

October 13, 2014

Ce document vise à attirer l’attention des dirigeants et décideurs politiques dans les pays côtiers d’Afrique de l’Ouest et les institutions régionales sur l’importance d’intégrer l’adaptation aux changements climatiques (les réponses au climat réel ou prévu et à ses effets afin de réduire les répercussions négatives ou de tirer profit des opportunités) à la planification du développement côtier.

October 13, 2014

This brief aims to draw the attention of leaders and policy-makers in West African coastal countries and regional institutions to the importance of mainstreaming climate change adaptation (responses to actual or expected climate and its effects to reduce harm or take advantage of opportunities) into coastal development planning. It highlights short- and long-term benefits of mainstreaming and provides recommendations for taking advantage of the National Adaptation Planning (NAP) process to mainstream adaptation effectively.

Chief of Party A. Ba, Mission Director A. Deprez, KNUST Vice-Chancellor W. Otoo Ellis, Ambassador G. Cretz
October 10, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the University of Rhode Island, Delaware State University, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,  today launched the Analytical Support Services and Evaluations for Sustainable Systems (ASSESS) Project.  Through independent evaluations, analysis and the sharing of best practices, ASSESS will promote creativity, innovation and learning by USAID and its development partners, with the ultimate goal of increasing the effectiveness of their programs.

ECOWAS President Ouedraogo, Mission Director Alex Deprez, Ambassador James F. Entwistle
September 18, 2014

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) expanded their partnership to promote peace and security, address energy challenges, and support trade activities in the region. With these amended agreements, USAID will provide an additional U.S. $ 23.6 million of support for activities promoting the following ECOWAS priorities: 

June 30, 2014

Cotonou, Benin – Today, a Road Governance Caravan, co-organized by USAID and the Borderless Alliance, made the final stop of its journey along the main north-south commercial corridor in Benin. The aim of the Caravan was to identify transport costs and delays along the route so measures can be taken to reduce them, and ultimately to increase the flow of trade. Cotonou was the fourth of five stops the Caravan made in major towns along the corridor from June 23–30. 

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