How governance deficits fuel instability in Africa


Military takeovers following popular protests, and constitutional amendments to extend presidential terms, are familiar in Africa. After decades of work to build democracy, this worrying trend threatens peace and stability.

Governance deficits are a leading part of the problem. They erode state legitimacy and make post-conflict transitions to democracy difficult. Considering recent events in Sudan, Ghana, Mali and Senegal, this seminar will discuss declining state legitimacy in Africa, the interplay between weak governance and instability, and how regional and continental actors have handled these challenges.

This event will have simultaneous English–French interpretation.

Chair: Dr Mohamed Diatta, Researcher, ISS


Dr Khabele Matlosa, Independent Consultant and former Director, Department of Political Affairs, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa

Dr Roselyn Akombe, Governance and Peacebuilding Africa Coordinator, UNDP, Addis Ababa

Dr Andrews Atta-Asamoah, Head, Africa Peace and Security Governance, ISS Addis Ababa

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