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Governance failures stifle the Sahel

Monday, January 18, 2021


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.


  • 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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