Lessons on managing disengagement from violent extremist groups

Experiences from Lake Chad Basin could inform decisions taken by countries in the Sahel and coastal West Africa.

Some countries in the Lake Chad Basin region have been facing violent extremism for over a decade. Disarmament, demobilisation, repatriation, reintegration and resettlement processes implemented in these states offer useful lessons for Mali and Burkina Faso and countries affected more recently such as Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo. These lessons relate to disengagement incentives, coordination at national and regional levels, gender mainstreaming, legal frameworks and community engagement.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

Simultaneous French-English interpretation will be provided.

Dr Lori Anne Théroux-Bénoni, Regional Director, ISS Regional Office for West Africa, the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin


  • Dr Akinola Olojo, Lake Chad Basin Project Manager, ISS Regional Office for West Africa, the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin
  • Abdoulaye Haidara, Director General, Territorial Administration, Ministry of the Interior, Niger
  • Aliyu Ibrahim Gebi, Senior Advisor on Security, Ministry of Interior, Nigeria
Development partners
This seminar is funded by the governments of Denmark, Ireland and 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 Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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