A year after West Africa’s Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, the global health community has begun to evaluate national and international responses. Experts are starting to ask difficult questions about the epidemic—predominantly, “what could we have done differently?” As public health leaders, we’ve asked ourselves this many times, particularly within ...

In an interview with The Cipher Brief, Dr. Josh Michaud, an expert on global health policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation, discussed the lessons learned from how the Ebola outbreak has been managed – and mismanaged.  He said there is an “effective prevention tool” for combatting future pandemics. The Cipher ...

The Cipher Brief interviewed Pia Wanek, Director of Humanitarian Assistance at Global Communities, to assess how West African countries responded to, and are being affected by, the Ebola crisis.  She explained why community engagement is the best avenue for strengthening West Africa’s capacity to combat diseases in the future. The ...

Nigerians were ready for change when they elected former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari as president, the first candidate to defeat an incumbent at the polls.  Having recently reached the “100 days in office” mark, Buhari is now being criticized for not accomplishing his campaign promises fast enough.   Buhari set ...

Nigeria is considered a frontier capital market and one of the most important business destinations in sub-Saharan Africa (SSAfrica) along with Kenya, South Africa, and Ethiopia. Although this is a positive, there are some major economic challenges. Most of these issues pre-date the election of Nigeria’s new administration led by ...

The Cipher Brief spoke with Dr. Alexandra Gillies, the director of governance programs at the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), to get her thoughts on recent changes in the Nigerian oil sector. NRGI promotes good governance in the oil, gas and mining sector.  The Cipher Brief: What are the five things western ...

The Cipher Brief spoke with Bankole Cardoso, co-founder of EasyTaxi Nigeria, to get his perspective on Nigeria’s emergence as a business hub.  Last year, Cardoso was listed by Forbes as one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa. The Cipher Brief: How has the election of Muhammadu Buhari ...

President Obama departed this week for his first trip to Kenya since taking office.  He will meet with the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and attend the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi.  The focus of the trip is strengthening U.S.-Kenya counterterrorism cooperation and promoting Kenya’s economic growth. Obama and Kenyatta will discuss increasing U.S. assistance ...