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Climate change is altering security landscapes around the world. West Africa is experiencing climate change at ratesfaster than the global average. Climate change is also interacting with regional political tensions, violent conflicts and complex humanitarian emergencies. As changing climateconditions impact natural resource availability, biodiversityand agricultural productivity, low levels of resilience are magnifying the human security implications of climate change in West Africa. In the next 10-20 years, unprecedented changes in temperatures and precipitation are projected in the region. Simultaneously, violent conflicts are escalating and spreading, as more and more countries witness spill-over effects.


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This training handbook for media professionals was developed within the framework of the regional 3-year “Security for All” project, co-financed by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the European Union. The project, whose target countries are Cameroon, Mali and Nigeria, aims to contribute to actions and to establishing institutions, to ensure that the security mission (at the local, national and regional levels) is more responsive to the needs of the population as well as being more accountable and more equitable. Civil society participation in the security sector reform and governance processes needs to be increased by empowering civil society actors and involving them in the dialogue taking place among all security sector actors. Civil society organizations must inform decision-making processes and contribute to setting agendas, monitoring public action, and public debate on the reform…


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Pour promouvoir la participation des chercheurs universitaires dans la dynamique de réflexion pour une paix et une stabilité durables dans la sous-région sénégambienne, le bureau Paix et Sécurité Centre de Compétence Afrique Subsaharienne de la Fondation Friedrich Ebert de Dakar (FES PSCC) a organisé du 14 au 15 Juillet 2022 à Ziguinchor la Conférence sous-régionale pour une meilleure implication des acteurs universitaires à la sécurité collective : cas des universités de Gambie, de Guinée-Bissau et du Sénégal dont les résultats des travaux et les recommandations se trouvent consignés dans le présent rapport.


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From 18th to 19th May 2022, the third edition of the West Africa Dialogue regional conference of the FES Peace and Security Competence Centre Sub-Saharan Africa was held in Dakar. The theme was "Civil-military collaboration in West Africa: a necessity in the face of security challenges and changes". The objective of this third edition was to analyse the responses to security challenges from the perspective of civil-military collaboration. This policy paper reviews the outcome of the discussions and the recommendations made.


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The Peace and Security Competence Centre of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Dakar (FES PSCC) organised from Thursday 31 March 2022 to Friday 1 April 2022 in Dakar the third edition of the regional conference Sahel-Sahara Dialogue on the topic : Prospects for sustainable peace in the Sahel : what inclusive responses to security instability in the Sahel-Sahara and in West Africa? This report reviews the results of the conference and the recommendations that were made.


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For more than a decade, the Sahel region has been caught up in a spiral of violence against which the security responses envisaged up to now appear less and less effective. The idea of negotiating with armed groups seems to be increasingly appealing to political actors in order to curb this phenomenon, which threatens stability and peace in the Sahel, particularly in the Liptako Gourma region: Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.


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For two decades already, the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) has guided African and external stakeholders engagement for peace and security in Africa. Over time, a double crisis of lacking political will and low adaptedness to new forms of conflict challenged APSA implementation. Overcoming these challenges will require a concerted effort by all APSA stakeholders. This policy brief provides a succinct, policy-relevant summary of FES’s New Approaches to Collective Security project roll-out, based on an extensive scenario-building and consultation process with stakeholders in numerous AU member states and multilateral hubs, including Addis Ababa, Brussels, and New York. This policy brief summarizes key findings and formulates actionable policy recommendations on principles, activities and priorities that African and European stakeholders could pursue.


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The transition program of the coalition government led by president Adama BARROW has faced several agenda setbacks, resulting in various failed promises. However, the democratic space created by the December 2016 to January 2017 regime change resulted in the registration of more political parties, many more media houses. All indications point to this presidential election already being the most closely contested in the history of the Gambia. This Policy paper looks the various variables of the political developments that occurred in The Gambia’s, along with the issues at stake in the Presidential Elections slated for 4 December 2021.


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After 22 years of autocratic rule, President Yahya JAMMEH had to give way to President Adama BARROW. The new government has undertaken a series of reforms aimed at promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law and restoring public confidence, among others. Among the initiatives launched by the government is the establishment of a truth, reconciliation and reparations commission. This commission had generated a lot of interest, especially from the many women who were affected by the atrocities of the former Yahya JAMMEH regime. However, it seems that this commission did not really give the women the result they had hoped for.


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This report is based on three workshops on Violent Extremism in Mozambique and the Southern African region, hosted by the Centre for International and Strategic Studies (CEEI) and the Southern African Defence and Security Management Network (SADSEM), and supported by the Maputo Office of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). An inclusive workshop report titled ‘Managing Violent Extremism in Africa: Lessons, Strategic Options for Mozambique and Southern Africa and Institutional Responses’ (CEEI, SADSEM, FES) is available upon request.


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Mainstraming of women's needs and participation in security sector reform processes in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger

Moderan, Ornella

Mainstraming of women's needs and participation in security sector reform processes in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger

Dakar-Fann, 2023

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From a focus on security to diplomatic dialogue: should a negotiated stability be considered in the Sahel?

Dakono, Baba

From a focus on security to diplomatic dialogue: should a negotiated stability be considered in the Sahel?

Dakar-Fann, 2022

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The role of women in the conflic in Cabo Delgado

Feijó, João

The role of women in the conflic in Cabo Delgado

Understanding vicious cycles of violence
Dakar-Fann, 2021

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Chad in its regional environment: political alliances and ad hoc military coalitions

Gnanguênon, Amandine

Chad in its regional environment: political alliances and ad hoc military coalitions

Dakar-Fann, 2021

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Gender-based violence in West Africa

Ndiaye, Ndèye Amy

Gender-based violence in West Africa

The cases of Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger
Dakar-Fann, 2021

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Pandora's box. Burkina Faso, self-defense militias and VDP law in fighting jihadism

Tisseron, Antonin

Pandora's box. Burkina Faso, self-defense militias and VDP law in fighting jihadism

Dakar-Fann, 2021

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Social asymmetries

Feijó, João

Social asymmetries

Clues to understand the spread of islamist jihadism in Cabo Delgado
Dakar-Fann, 2020

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Walking the Talk?

Weimer, Bernhard

Walking the Talk?

A critical perspective on sustainable peace and reconciliation in Mozambique
Maputo, 2020

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Baseline study of the state of play of security sector governance and the inclusion of civil society in security sector reform processes in Nigeria, Mali, Cameroon and Wider ECOWAS/ECCAS Region

Baseline study of the state of play of security sector governance and the inclusion of civil society in security sector reform processes in Nigeria, Mali, Cameroon and Wider ECOWAS/ECCAS Region

Dakar-Fann, 2020

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Do local peace deals work?

Boswell, Alan

Do local peace deals work?

Evidence from South Sudan's civil war
Kampala, 2019

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Reports

How to engage and with whom towards collective security in the Sahelo-Saharan region and in West Africa? Dakar, 4 - 5 December 2017

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