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Civil Society Participation in Peacemaking and Mediation Support in the APSA: Insights on the AU, ECOWAS and SADC

Recognising the need to institutionalise mediation capacity and to foster the participation of non-state actors in conflict prevention and peacemaking, the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), which form the building blocks o…

COVID-19- Regional Rapid Debt Sustainability Impacts and Economic Rescue Packages Analyses in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Region

This paper discusses the impact of rescue packages on public finances, particularly debt sustainability and prospects for an early recovery from the pandemic, against the backdrop of economic and financial stimulus packages implemented by government…

Trade Liberalization and Tax Revenue Mobilization in ECOWAS Countries

This study is an empirical assessment of the effects of trade liberalization on total tax revenues and their various components in the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The study uses data from a sample of 13 cou…

Assessment of National Financing and Investment Policies in the ECOWAS Member Countries with Regard to the ECOWAS Regional Financing and Investment Protocol

Regional integration has been at the helm of the African Union (AU)’s development approach since 1980 when this was enshrined in the Lagos plan of Action, with a view to integrating the Continent into a pan-African political unity and industrializat…

Forces et Faiblesses de la CEDEAO en 2021 / Strengths and Weaknesses of ECOWAS in 2021

This study concerns the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), recalling, first of all, their geographical, demographic and economic diversity. It shows what these states have in common, but also what makes them different. ECOWAS, whic…

Analysis of the Competitiveness and Sophistication of Exports in ECOWAS Countries: The Case of Measuring Trade in Value Added Products

The objective of this study was first to analyze the participation of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries in the global value chain. Then, an analysis was done of the export performance of these countries in value added trad…

The Impact of Trade Reforms on Employment and Welfare in ECOWAS Countries: The Case of Senegal

Disponible en français: L’impact des réformes commerciales sur l’emploi et le bien-être dans les pays de la CEDEAO Le cas du Sénégal. This study evaluates the impact of the ECOWAS-CET and the EPA on youth employment and on welfare in Senegal. The …

The Impact of Economic Partnership Agreements between ECOWAS and the EU on Niger

The aim of this study was to assess the economic impact on Niger of the trade component of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union. The study used a partial equ…

Maroc-CEDEAO: Comprendre les Réticences pour Mieux les Dépasser / Morocco-ECOWAS: Understanding Reluctance in order to Surpass it

One should bear in mind that joining a group such as ECOWAS, which ensures the free movement of goods, persons and services and aspiring to a single currency regime in 2020 - was not a straightforward matter with regards to the institutional, regula…

West Africa's Evolving Security Architecture: Looking back to the future

The seminar’s focus was on the evolution of ECOWAS’ security architecture, as outlined in the 1999 ECOWAS Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peacekeeping and Security (commonly referred to as “the Mechanism”) and the ECOWAS S…

The Impact of Trade Reforms on Employment and Wellbeing in Senegal

The results of this study indicate that the Senegalese economy faces problems due to lower profits linked to a lack of competitiveness in many of the country’s economic sectors. As such, the research team strongly recommends that support policies be…

Trade Integration in the Economic Community Of West African States: Assessing Constraints And Opportunities Using An Augmented Gravity Model

This study assesses and compares the determinants of intra-trade in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Regarding the adopted methodology, we estimate two versions of the g…

Mali: the Institution of a New Constitutional Court

The invalidation of about thirty results of the March-April legislative elections by the Constitutional Court triggered series of violent demonstrations to express dissatisfaction by citizens and as a result, an awakening of crisis in the political …

La CEDEAO Gagnerait-elle à être Transformée en "Confédération d’États" ? / Will ECOWAS Benefit from Being Transformed into a "Confederation of States"?

The transformation of the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) into a « Confederation of States » is sometimes considered, including by the Heads of State of the Community, as a natural next step in the process of deeper integration…

Fiscal Policy and Monetary Integration in the ECOWAS

Those with dissenting views regarding the structure of monetary union arrangement in the ECOWAS often argue that the macroeconomic convergence criteria have hampered the ability of countries in the region to stabilize their economies with appropriat…

Fiscal Policy and Monetary Integration in the ECOWAS - Policy Brief

Those with dissenting views regarding the structure of monetary union arrangement in the ECOWAS often argue that the macroeconomic convergence criteria have hampered the ability of countries in the region to stabilize their economies with appropriat…

Politique Fiscale et Intégration Monétaire au Sein de la Cedeao / Fiscal Policy and Monetary Integration in the ECOWAS

Those with dissenting views regarding the structure of monetary union arrangement in the ECOWAS often argue that the macroeconomic convergence criteria have hampered the ability of countries in the region to stabilize their economies with appropriat…

Analysis of the Competitiveness and Sophistication of Exports in ECOWAS Countries: The Case of Measuring Trade in Value Added Products - Research Paper

The objective of this study was first to analyse the participation of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries in the global value chain. Then, an analysis was done of the export performance of these countries in value added trad…

Role of Research, Innovation and Development

This policy brief arises from a study commissioned by the Scinnovent Centre and undertaken by ACTS under the auspices of the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI). The study focused on building competitive and socially inclusive local pharmace…

Effectiveness of Tobacco Product Taxation Systems in ECOWAS Member Countries: Tax Incidence Approach

Increasing taxes is considered the most effective measure to reduce the consumption of tobacco products. To enable taxation to play this role, ECOWAS adopted a new Directive on the taxation of tobacco products in December 2017. It provides a set of …

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