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12 Dec 2018 description


West and Central Africa’s (WCA) population is predominantly young. More than 64% are under the age of 24. Young people are a tremendous resource for the region – but their potential will only be realized when the right investments in their education, health, skills and empowerment are made.

05 Dec 2018 description

Dakar, 3 Décembre 2018 – A l’invitation du Représentant spécial du Secrétaire-général et chef du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et le Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, les chefs de mission des Nations Unies en Afrique de l'Ouest ont tenu, le 3 décembre 2018 à Dakar, au Sénégal, leur 33ème réunion consultative de haut niveau.

04 Dec 2018 description
report Voice of America

Ricci Shryock

PELUNDO, GUINEA-BISSAU — Senegalese refugees in Guinea-Bissau are getting identification cards after years — and, for some, decades — of living in a state of limbo.

Ibrahima Ingo has lived in Pelundo, near Guinea-Bissau's border with Senegal, since 1992 when he fled southern Senegal due to unrest in the country's Casamance region. Today marks the first time he will register to receive his national identification card as a Guinea-Bissau citizen.

03 Dec 2018 description

Les résultats montrent que la moyenne journalière d’individu observé en octobre aux FMP au Niger a diminué de 2% par rapport à septembre. En octobre, les principaux pays de destination et de départ des personnes transitant par les différents FMP étaient le Niger, la Libye et le Nigéria. En outre, les principaux types de flux identifiés étaient les suivants: migration économique de plus de six mois (32% de tous les flux); mouvement local de courte durée (27% de tous les flux); migration saisonnière (26% de tous les flux) et tourisme (4% de tous les flux).

03 Dec 2018 description

Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire-général et Chef du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a rencontré, ce mercredi 28 novembre 2018, l’Association de la Presse Etrangère au Sénégal (APES). M. Ibn Chambas s’est entretenu avec les membres de l’APES des menaces sécuritaires dans la région et des prochaines échéances électorales dans plusieurs pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Sahel.

01 Dec 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

01 Dec 2018 description

L'Afrique de l’Ouest peut être divisée en trois zones agro-écologiques ou en trois bassins commerciaux (bassins de l’ouest, bassin du centre, bassin de l’est). Les deux sont importants pour l'interprétation du comportement et de la dynamique du marché.

30 Nov 2018 description


Problem statement Intra- and inter-country movement is a central feature of West African life. Some people move as a result of conflict, but most move for social and economic reasons. Migration within and from the region has often had a positive effect on household, local and national economies, including through remittances and access to educational and employment opportunities. It is often a necessary way of coping with limited economic opportunities, poverty, subsistence and harsh environments, but can also be aspirational.

30 Nov 2018 description

1. One of the world’s least developed countries

Political instability in Guinea-Bissau has had a significant impact on the health system.

A lack of resources and qualified personnel, and the practical nonexistence of a referral system, limits the population’s access to good quality basic healthcare services.

The situation is exacerbated further by the lack of prevention activities and effective epidemiological vigilance.

29 Nov 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

West and Central Africa is the region with the world’s second-highest HIV burden. While progress in the HIV response has been slow, political will is positioned to tackle the challenges. Less than half of pregnant and breastfeeding women were covered by prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services in 2017. An estimated 69,000 adolescents aged 10–19 years were newly infected with HIV in 2017, a number only 1 per cent lower than in 2010. About the same number (67,000) of estimated new HIV infections occurred among children aged 0–9 years in 2017.

27 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

1,618 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 8,409 cash-based transfers made

US$ 195,300 six months (October 2018-March 2019) net funding requirements, representing 1% of total

341 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

19 Nov 2018 description

Child marriage in West and Central Africa is one of the biggest challenges in the region and has enormous adverse effects on education, health, including sexual and reproductive health, and on the overall development of adolescents and youth. This brochure provides recent data and analysis of child marriage in the region.

19 Nov 2018 description

Key findings

  • A large majority of migrants are men (88%).

  • 7% of observed migrants at Flow Monitoring Points are minors.

  • 147,528 migrants (46,165 incoming and 101,363 outgoing) were observed at Flow Monitoring Points, representing an average of 194 migrants per day.

  • The majority of outgoing migrants (51%) indicated their intention to travel to Algeria,
    Mauritania or Libya, while 34 per cent intended to travel to Europe, particularly to Italy and Spain.