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Governance failures stifle the Sahel

Monday, January 18, 2021

Significance

The region’s main challenges include lack of money and personnel, corruption, large geographies, escalating violent conflict and abuses by security forces -- deeply rooted problems that have no easy solutions.

Impacts

  • Although COVID-19’s public health impact has been less severe than seemed likely, the economic effects will compound other problems.
  • Mali's transition back to a constitutional government (after an August 2020 coup) is unlikely to address deep governance challenges.
  • Political continuity elsewhere in the region means imaginative new policies to improve governance do not appear to be in the offing.
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