A confidential United Nations report has recommended against funding the upcoming ballot in Madagascar for fear of compromising its reputation and credibility.
The head of the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA), El Ghassim Wane, is to begin a tour of Europe on 1 November.
Niger's former president Mahamadou Issoufou was tasked by the UN Secretary General with drawing up a report on the situation in the Sahel that he will present to the UN General Assembly on 22 September.
Over the last decade, Dakar has established itself as the centre of 'strategic thinking' in West Africa. The city boasts a think tank ecosystem where ministers, former generals, researchers and donors mingle.
The African Union's most sought-after commissioner, Bankole Adeoye, has finally found a way to hire advisers to help him manage a portfolio where crises and coups are piling up dangerously.
Abidjan is trying to place a new battalion within the UN mission in Mali (Minusma), where Ivory Coast already has 800 Blue Helmet peacekeepers
The changing balance of power within the AU has allowed the Jewish state to make a decisive breakthrough. It now has the status of observer country at the Addis Ababa institution, much to the displeasure of several member states.
On 12 July, the UN Office for Project Services financed the construction of equipment for the National Guard School's urban combat training centre in Oued Zarga
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, has once again opted for a Russian firm in its latest choice of subcontractor. In late April, the Krasnodar-based PANH Helicopters won a one-year $5m contract to supply a transport helicopter for logistics missions.
In delivering a new consignment of armoured vehicles to the Ugandan and Kenyan contingents deployed with AMISOM in Somalia, the manufacturer Osprea Logistics, already much in demand in the Sahel, has consolidated its position in Africa's military market.
With just a year to go before he becomes chairperson of the African Union, Senegalese head of state Macky Sall has started to give the first indications of his plans for the continent.
After months of deadlock, Washington has agreed to the idea of appointing Mauritanian diplomat El Ghassim Wane to head the UN mission in Mali, where he will replace Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who is due to leave office in April.
The arrival of the Biden administration should help rekindle talks for a replacement of the current MINUSMA head, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, whose mandate ends in April. Paris and Washington have been bickering over the matter for months.
The US president-elect Joe Biden already has his diplomats working on what position they will take in the Sahel, a contrast to months of blocked negotiations with the Trump administration.
By dint of hard lobbying, Israel's IAI, Elbit and Mer groups have succeeded in landing the contract for the provision of protection at MINUSMA camps in Mali. They are now looking to repeat the feat at the 40 or so UN peacekeeping bases throughout the world, some of them in the Middle East.
With the US presidential election just days away, Harare has appointed a new ambassador to Washington, Tadeous Tafirenyika Chifamba. His first priority will be to tackle the thorny issue of getting American sanctions on his country lifted.
Two years after having been chosen to be the home of the African Union's African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) against competition from Botswana and Ghana, Guinea is preparing to finalise the project.
The membership of the United Nations' Democratic Republic of Congo expert group has been renewed. Several citizens of European Union member states have joined the group.
As the fallout of the 18-August coup continues to rock the country, the head of the peacekeeping operation in Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, should have his mandate extended until April. But the debate on who will succeed him is back on and Washington is still pushing for David Gressly.
Less than two months after his tour of West Africa, Turkish foreign affairs minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu was back in the region last month to meet with the Mali coup leaders. He hopes to sponge off France's plans but also to consolidate Turkish industrial projects in the country.
Recent Jihadist attacks in Ivory Coast have revived interest in the international counter-terrorism academy project initiated by France during François Hollande's tenure, with the US now ready to get involved.
With the five candidate countries having officially submitted their bids on 30 June to take over at the helm of ASECNA, the behind-the-scenes horsetrading between member states is already well under way.
Déby had successfully positioned a number of Chadians in key international appointments over the past few years but two of the most strategic posts could slip from his grasp in 2021.
A second Ivorian tank corps should be joining MINUSMA in July after training with the Ivorian Army's 43rd battalion.
The MINUSMA has set 17 August as the date for the issue of its tender call for a private contractor to operate ISR aircraft over a period of three to five years, attracting companies such as CAE Aviation, Air Attack Technologies, Leonardo and MAG Aerospace.
What with the presidency of the UN Security Council, the renewal of MINUSMA's mandate and the Coalition for the Sahel in June, and the G5 Sahel summit in early July in Mauritania, the Sahel region is set to keep French diplomats very busy during the next few weeks.
The United Nations Security Council has set itself a tall task for its 5 June meeting: overview the G5 Sahel States but also look into accusations of abuse against several of the coalition's national armed forces.
Despite Covid-19 restrictions, the US Senate was able to meet earlier this month to approve the nominations of three new ambassadors to African countries.
In recent weeks, the commissioner for peace and security Smaïl Chergui has been seeking to beef up the African Union's counter-terrorism capacities in the Sahel. This 3,000-strong force is set to be financed by UEMOA.
The French foreign ministry has appointed former UN under secretary-general for peacekeeping operations Alain Le Roy to be France's Covid-19 envoy for Africa, with finance as his main brief.
Niger has succeeded in orchestrating the cancellation of a meeting of the UN Security Council which had been due to discuss extrajudicial executions in the Sahel on 14 May.
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