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.