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Niger’s Colonial-Style Resource Curse

The colonial model of resource extraction persists in Africa’s troubled Sahel region. Unless countries like Niger broaden the distributional gains from the exploitation of their natural wealth, democracy on the continent will remain fragile.

CAIRO – Since the ouster of President Mohamed Bazoum in July, Niger, a landlocked West African state, has fallen into dire straits. Perhaps the only good thing to come out of the coup –the latest in a string of military takeovers in the Sahel – is that it has focused international attention on the country, which had previously been relatively stable and democratic.