The January 2012 crisis in Mali marked the reemergence of historic grievances (such as the Tuareg rebellion, marginalization of minority communities, inequality, etc.) combined with new and emerging trends (like radical interpretation of Islam, terrorism and organized crime) in the Sahel region. As the Malian case demonstrates, the Sahel region faces daunting challenges in terms of peace and security issues. These challenges are aggravated by recurrent political and humanitarian crises, underdevelopment (countries in the region have the lowest Gini coefficient), combined with the adverse effects of climate and ecological changes.
At the request of the African Union Commission (AUC), the Capacity Development Division (CDD) will be undertaking a study to shed light on the root causes and consequences of the conflict in the Sahel region. The purpose of this study is to contribute to the growing debate on strategies for sustainable peace and development in the Sahel.
The analytical study will subsequently inform the design of more suitable and adequate policies on the Sahel, while facilitating efficient coordination of actions. In that regard, CDD is providing a platform for the exchange of ideas and expertise through a Brainstorming Session. The meeting will convene a select group of practitioners and researchers on 10-11 June 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.