France’s current presidential campaign has created an unprecedented situation fuelled by revelations and a total absence of restraint, but it has not truly taken account of the disruptions of the last year: Brexit, the attempted coup in Turkey, the election of Donald Trump, the recapturing of...
Created in 2007, the Sub-Saharan Africa Program of IFRI aims to produce a comprehensive analysis of the social, economic and political transformations of the African continent. The expertise of the program is policy-oriented. The various events and in-depth studies try to bridge a gap between academics, decision makers and the civil societies.
The research of the program revolves around the following themes:
(1) Social and economic mutations of Africa
- The middle-class emergence and its consumption pattern
- African cities and the urbanization of the continent
- The competition for land
- The State evolution and governance issues
(2) Africa in international relations
- The traditional partners’ African policies (France, United Kingdom…)
- The emerging partners’ African policies (China, Turkey, Brazil)
- Governance and geopolitics of the extractive sector
(3) Security matters
- Security situation in Sahel
- Trafficking economies
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Since the fall of the Derg regime in 1991, cordial relations have developed between China and Ethiopia, forming a positive political backdrop in front of which the two countries’ interests have increasingly converged.
October 2016 presented a grim test for the fourteen-year-old International Criminal Court (ICC) as three Sub-Saharan African countries, Burundi, South Africa and Gambia announced their decision to opt out of the international judicial body.
The descent into the morass of failure seems relentless for a country that used to be, at the aftermath of its independence in 1980, the “jewel in Africa” to be carefully preserved, as former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere advised an acclaimed Mugabe ascending into power.
South African Local Elections 2016. From One Party Dominance to Effective Plural Democracy Etudes de l'Ifri, November 2016
The South African political landscape experienced a shock from an unlikely source; the country’s local government elections on August 3, 2016 representing the last tier of government and often overlooked in favour of national and provincial polls.
State of Emergency in Ethiopia: New Far East, Old Far West L'Afrique en questions, No. 28, 28 October 2016
Up until recently, little attention has been paid to the crisis which the Ethiopian regime has nonetheless been sinking into for more than two years. The rare spotlights focused on this country have praised its economic performance, describing it as a new “Far East” or even an “African lion”....
Diplomatic Relations between Qatar and Sub-Saharan Africa. An Evolving Affair Note de l'Ifri, August 2016
In the space of 20 years, under the leadership of the former Emir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, in power between 1995 and 2013, Qatar became a country which matters due to its status, obtained in 2006, as the leading world producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Not Dazzling But Not Invisible : The Ugandan Middle Classes as "Somewhere in Between" L'Afrique en questions n°25, May 2016
In January 2016, the Kenyan supermarket chain Uchumi has filed bankruptcy for its Ugandan subsidiaries, due to perpetual losses. And they are not alone: companies like Nestlé, Coca Cola or Barclays are slowly pulling out of Africa and recent reports – such as the
The Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, was elected in 2009. The architect of two successful coups: in 2005 against President Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya, and in 2008 against President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdellahi, nowadays he is in his second and last term of office according to the...
Retours sur Sangaris. Entre stabilisation et protection des civils Focus stratégique, n° 67, April 2016
In December 2013, France launched its operation Sangaris in the Central African Republic. What conclusions can be drawn for the stabilization of the country and the protection of civilians?
In the framework of the Observatoire of Southern Africa and the African Great Lakes, Ifri co-organizes this conference on Southern Africa with the Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy ...
Access to electricity has proven a major impediment to economic growth in Africa. As an increasingly important investor in the region, what role has China played in tackling issues of energy poverty, and what can be done in the future?
Industrialisation in Africa is a necessary and major process to support the continent's economic development. Although Africa will keep its demographic growth running, the industry sector only represents 1...
A luncheon debate with Alain ANTIL, Researcher, Head of the Subsaharian Africa Programme....
Le secteur minier du Burkina Faso concourt aujourd’hui à près de 20 % des recettes de l’État. Quatrième producteur d’or du continent, le pays dispose en outre d’un potentiel gisement de manganèse de niveau mondial ainsi que de ressources en nickel, phosphate, fer, graphite, plomb, pyrite et...
South Africa: 20th Anniversary of Freedom and the General Elections of 2014 Overview of the Economic and Political State
Mali: what assessment after the French intervention? What rebuilding? Les Mensuelles de l'Ifri/Entreprises
A luncheon debate with Alain ANTIL, Head of the Subsaharian Africa programme, Ifri, and Étienne de DURAND, Director of the Center for Security studies, Ifri....
President-Founder of the Alliance For the Republic (APR), former Prime Minister and former President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall will share his vision of the Senegal's foreign policy in an intense international context where we have...
The Sub-Saharan Africa program and its Associate Fellows are accustomed to sharing their expertise with the media. Our experts mainly speak French, but they can also intervene in English. Consult our researchers’ geographic and thematic specialties on their profile.
Angola is expected to formally announce the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos' controversial 37-year rule Saturday, and name a successor to lead the ailing African oil-producing country.
Trade is the focus of a three-day visit to France that Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang started on Tuesday. Beyond deals with French companies, China and France are expected to sign an agreement on joint infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa.
Cote d'Ivoire's democracy deadlock, with Sylvain TOUATI
Sylvain TOUATI, dans CNBC Africa
Sylvain Touati dans Voice of America
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