Bold action needed for a turnaround in The Horn’s prospects

Frequent droughts and limited livelihood opportunities underlie a region struggling with conflicts and weak governance.

The Horn of Africa is a highly significant geostrategic site and one of the world’s most challenging regions for security and development. The Horn has a long history of armed conflict and poor governance, and is among the poorest globally.

This seminar will discuss new research on the likely human and economic development prospects for Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. Speakers will also debate the policies needed to set these countries on a sustainable and peaceful development trajectory by 2040.

Simultaneous English–French interpretation will be provided for this seminar.

Chairperson: Dr Mahboub Maalim, former executive secretary, Intergovernmental Authority on Development 


Dr Yeboua Kouassi, Researcher, African Futures and Innovation, ISS Pretoria

Dr Attipoe Olympio, former commissioner general, National Revenue Authority, South Sudan

Dr Tewodros Makonnen Gebrewolde, Country Economist, International Growth Center

Development partners
This seminar is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the government of the Netherlands. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, Sweden and the USA.
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