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Sub-Saharan Africa

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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.

Alain ANTIL

Researcher and Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Program 

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Victor MAGNANI

Project Officer at the Sub-Saharan Africa Program

Cyril MUSILA

Cyril Musila has been Associate Fellow for the Sub-Saharan Africa since June 2010. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), and is a...

Mathieu PELLERIN

Matthieu Pellerin is an Associate Fellow within the Sub-Saharan Africa programme since June 2010. Graduate in politics and economic intelligence, he runs the CISCA company (Centre d'Intelligence...

Thierry VIRCOULON

Thierry Vircoulon is Associate Fellow within our program since January 2009. He is currently based in Nairobi where is Central Africa Project Director for International Crisis Group.

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Cet axe de recherche traite des processus électoraux et des dynamiques politiques internes, des politiques publiques et pratiques de gouvernance élaborées par les États ainsi que des évolutions du modèle étatique sur le continent africain.
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Cet axe de recherche analyse les politiques africaines mises en place par les partenaires traditionnels du continent africain (France, Grande-Bretagne, etc.), mais aussi par les pays émergents (Chine, Turquie, Brésil, etc.). 
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Cet axe de recherche examine les enjeux sécuritaires au Sahel et dans la région des Grands Lacs en traitant notamment des mouvements armés, de l'économie des trafics et des tensions autour des ressources naturelles.
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Cet axe s'intéresse aux classes moyennes, aux villes africaines comme vecteur de croissance et à l'urbanisation du continent comme élément de transformation des sociétés africaines ainsi qu’à la compétition pour l'accès au foncier.
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Cet axe de recherche porte sur l’exploitation des ressources extractives sur le continent, les enjeux géopolitiques qui en découlent et les pratiques de gouvernance du secteur mises en œuvre par les États producteurs ou en passe de le devenir comme les États d’Afrique de l’Est.

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

Consult this page (French only) to get on to our latest publications

13/06/2017
By: Simone SCHOTTE, Rocco ZIZZAMIA, Murray LEIBBRANDT

What makes you middle class? Is it your income, occupation, or education? Your family background or maybe the house and neighbourhood you live in? It is probably all of these things. All these factors matter, because they affect your feeling of economic security and self-sufficiency. Being...

04/05/2017
By: Stephanie REGALIA

2016 proved to be a most challenging year for Mozambique. Small-scale conflict, which started reappearing between the government and the opposition party, the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), in 2013, intensified over the course of the year, whilst peace negotiations stalled.&nbsp...

05/04/2017

For many observers, a change in perception of the African continent occurred in the 2010s. Attention has focused on the relatively high rates of economic growth and a high population growth associated with urban expansion; both indicators interpreted as promises of economic “emergence” leading...

31/03/2017

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...

17/01/2017
By: Hlawulani MKHABELA

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. 

10
Jul
2017
Monday 10 July 2017
from 09:30 to 16:15 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

It is now clear that some African countries are on their way to achieve a dynamic economic growth that will uphold the overall development of the continent. At the same time, they are still struggling with the lack of economic and social infrastructure, governance issues and a complex and...

07
Jul
2016
Thursday 07 July 2016
from 09:30 to 11:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

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?

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Jan
2014
Monday 20 January 2014
from 14:30 to 16:00 - Ifri Conferences

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...

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. 

 

 

Find out about Afrique Décryptages, the blog of the Ifri Sub-Saharan Africa program. 
 
http://afriquedecryptages.wordpress.com/
 

This blog is an information space on the program's activities. On these pages you will find our publication announcements, conference reports, as well as web links to our researchers’ lectures in the media. This blog is also a place for the program researchers to express themselves, and you will regularly find their points of view and original analysis on topical subjects in short formats meant to spark debate. 
 
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