Addressing Violent Extremism in the Sahel: The Role of Civil Society


sahelThe Sahel region has received significant international attention as a new battleground for fighting extremism, made vulnerable by tensions between various communities, weak public institutions, food insecurity, and often unresponsive governments. As national, regional, and international actors attempt to create stability in the Sahel, it is increasingly clear that civil society has to play a central role in ensuring inclusive governance that will positively impact security in West Africa.

PartnersGlobal and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) discuss successful approaches governments and civil society can use to address extremism. Members of the Partners Network from Senegal and Nigeria will share concrete examples from their work in Northern Nigeria, Mali, and beyond. The NED will provide analysis from their work supporting community organizations to improve governance in West Africa.


Kemi Okenyodo, Executive Director, Partners West Africa – Nigeria

Dr. Adjaratou Aidara, Executive Director, Partners West Africa – Senegal

Chris O’Connor, Program Officer, National Endowment for Democracy

Thursday, November 10, 2016 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

CSIS Headquarters


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