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The Challenge of Stability and Security in West Africa - An Alumni & GCSP Community Event
An Alumni Regional Security Conversation
Although West Africa continues to face unprecedented security challenges, it is still “a land of immense opportunities”, a senior UN official told the Security Council in January 2023.
A large and rapidly growing population, vast natural resources, and economic potential, position West Africa to play a greater future role in geopolitics. But the region faces serious challenges that temper many countries’ ability to project power today.
The region faces one of the most challenging economic environments in years, marked by a slow recovery from the pandemic. Rising food and energy prices, climate change leading to worrying levels of food insecurity. The spillover effect from Sahel and the expansion of armed groups is a further threat. 2023 is also an important year for democracy in West Africa with presidential elections in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
How is food crisis prevention and management achieved on a regional level?
How to promote conflict sensitive best practices on climate change adaptation?
Where is West Africa heading? Which priorities should be addressed?
Ms Nanténé Seck Coulibaly, Senior Analyst Crime and Criminality, Early Warning Directorate, ECOWAS Commission and GCSP Alumna
Dr Victor Abbey, (FCILG, MIoD) Strategic Leadership, Security Risk & Change Management Consultant, Ghana and GCSP Alumnus
Dr Victor Doke, Research Fellow, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, KAIPTC