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Development Policies to Foster Stability in West Africa
September 15, 2015Brookings Institution - Saul/Zilkha Rooms

West Africa is making impressive progress in economic growth, democratization, and regional cooperation. While the recent rise in violence and conflict as well as drug trafficking, piracy, extremism, and other emerging threats have sparked concerns over its future development, efforts to prevent conflicts have also improved, contributing to overall stability.

In a new report, “The Challenge of Stability and Security in West Africa,” the World Bank examines the diverse drivers of fragility—from issues related to land ownership, to a growing youth population with expectations for inclusion, to accelerated development of the extractives industry—and suggests development interventions that can contribute to peace and stability. Countries in West Africa such as Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, and Liberia offer lessons in building resilience, highlighting the important role of development policy to address these challenges. 

On Tuesday, September 15, the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative and the World Bank will co-host a discussion about these dynamic trends in West Africa. After a brief presentation by the report’s author Alexandre Marc, chief specialist of the World Bank’s Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Group, Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon will moderate a discussion among Marc, Amadou Sy, director and senior fellow of the Africa Growth Initiative, and Raymond Gilpin, dean of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, exploring the nature and reality of these threats as well as potential for development solutions to address them.

After the session, panelists will take audience questions. 

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2015

  • Moderator

    Michael E. O'Hanlon
    Co-Director, Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence / Director of Research, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution
  • Presenter

    Alexandre Marc
    Chief Specialist, Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group, the World Bank
  • Panelists

    Amadou Sy
    Director, Africa Growth Initiative / Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Africa Growth Initiative
  • Panelists

    Raymond Gilpin
    Dean, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University