Rethinking governance and security in the Sahel: towards an action-oriented approach

“Rethinking Governance and Security in the Sahel: Towards an action-oriented approach”


The COVID-19 pandemic is compounding existing humanitarian crises across the Sahel, testing fragile communities that already suffer from weak governance, poor infrastructure, resource scarcity, food insecurity and the effects of climate change. Non-State armed groups are increasingly exploiting this situation, accelerating State fragmentation and undermining local authorities, while also exacerbating communal violence, and driving fierce competition over resources. To fully understand the nature of recent protests, longstanding conflict dynamics, and prospects for improved stability, a deeper analysis of the role of governance is essential.

In light of the opportunities and challenges ahead, this event will bring together a selected group of security experts, EU officials, academics and civil society to develop pragmatic strategies for a reformed approach to governance in the Sahel, both during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Focusing especially on the emergency situations in Mali and Niger, it will explore solutions to persistent challenges based on bottom-up approaches to governance that leverage the resilience capacities of local communities in the region.

Opening remarks / moderation:

- Mr. Brandon Locke, Strategic Adviser for Security Policy & Planning, BIC
- Mr. Marco Di Liddo, Senior Analyst Africa, CeSI


- H.E. Angel Losada, EU Special Representative for the Sahel

- Ms. Alviina Alametsä, Member of the European Parliament, Shadow-Rapporteur on the EU-African Security Cooperation in the Sahel region

- Mr. Karounga Keita, Director Sahel Office, Wetlands International

- Mr. Mauro Lorenzini, Head of Central and Western Africa Bureau, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

- Ms. Delina Goxho, Expert on Protection of Civilians and Remote Warfare in the Sahel, Open Society Foundation 


Register now to join us at this timely event as space is limited: