Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) works in more than 19 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, rehabilitation and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, procure goods and services, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty and develpment in half by the end of 2015.
ECA's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. Economic Commission for Africa have both cultural and geopolitical ties and shared common economic interest. The region of West Africa is located west of north-south axis lying close to 10° east longitude.
The Atlantic Ocean forms the western as well as the southern borders of the West African region. The northern border is the Sahara Desert, with the Ranishanu Bend generally considered the northernmost part of the region.
The eastern border lies between the Benue Trough, and a line running from Mount Cameroon to Lake Chad. Colonial boundaries are still reflected in the modern boundaries between contemporary West African states, cutting across ethnic and cultural lines, often dividing single ethnic groups between two or more states.