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West African Perspectives

Resources for Development

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West African Perspectives: Resources for Development conducts a cross-cutting analysis of the main development challenges in the region and offers suggestions on how to meet them. It provides an overview of West Africa’s abundant resources , examining not only economic and natural resources but also human, social and cultural capital. Finally, it presents the perspectives of six prominent West Africans involved in the development of their region.

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West African Visions

Sahel and West Africa Club

The following pages are extracts from a series of interviews with six wellknown people from the region: José Brito (Cape Verde), Ayoko Mensah (France/Togo), Ken Ofori-Atta (Ghana), Doumbo Ogobara (Mali),AminataTraoré (Mali) and Lionel Zinsou (France/Benin). The extracts taken from the interviews, carried out by a team of journalists between June and September 2008 - hence before the global financial crisisdemonstrate a wide-range of positions due to the interviewees’ diverse backgrounds and experience. They have all lived outside their own countries, whether in the United States, Europe or another African country. Given this multicultural experience and their responsibilities, they are qualified to share their ideas on the challenges the region faces today and, more generally, on the future ofWest African societies.

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