Press Release | Rethinking Governance and Security in the Sahel : Towards an action-oriented approach

Submitted by BIC on Wed, 07/15/2020 - 14:52


On    Thursday    16    July,    the    Brussels    International    Center,    in    collaboration     with     the Centro Studi Internazionali (CeSi), is going to host a webinar “Rethinking Governance and Security in the Sahel : Towards an action-oriented approach”. The event will be held online from 14.00 to 15.30. Participants  can register on the following link:


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the humanitarian crisis across the Sahel has dramatically intensified as non- state armed groups are exploiting the sanitarian emergency and the deterioration in security to establish themselves   in   the   region.   By   shattering   local    authorities    governance,    this    situation    is    hitting vulnerable populations and worsening social and economic conditions. The uncertainty brought by the COVID-19 has aggravated food insecurity and disrupted cohesion between communities already suffering from weak governance and the effects of climate change.


The debate will bring together a panel of experts from different backgrounds to discuss strategies for  a reformed approach to governance in the Sahel considering the COVID-19 crisis. It will examine   ongoing   local   initiatives   that   have   been   implemented   to   curb   instability in the region, with a special focus on the situation in Mali and Niger.

Confirmed speakers include :


  • H.E Angel Losada, EU Special Representative for the Sahel.
  • Mr. Karounga Keita, Director Sahel Office, Wetlands International.
  • Ms. Delina Goxho, Security Analyst on Protection of Civilians and Remote Warfare in the Sahel, Open Society Foundations
  • Mr. Mauro Lorenzini, Head of Central and Western Africa Bureau, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Ms. Alviina Alametsä, Member of the European Parliament, Shadow-Rapporteur on the EU-African Security Cooperation in the Sahel region


The event will be moderated by Mr. Brandon Locke, Strategic Adviser for Security Policy & Planning at the BIC and Mr. Marco Di Liddo, Senior Analyst Africa at Centro Studi Internazionali (C.e.S.i.).