Boko Haram’s deadly business: an economy of violence in the Lake Chad Basin

This report explores how this violent extremist group has managed to survive in the region for over a decade.

Having waged deadly violence for over a decade, Boko Haram has survived various interventions by the Lake Chad Basin countries and their partners. The longevity of the group can, in part, be attributed to its continued access to resources. This report explores the economic drivers that reinforce Boko Haram’s resilience, including the key actors involved in these activities

About the author

Malik Samuel is a Researcher in the Lake Chad Basin Programme at the ISS Regional Office for West Africa, the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, in Dakar. Support to the author in conducting research for this report was provided by: Taiwo Hassan Adebayo, Celestine Dalanga, Lawan Ibrahim, Allah-Kauis Neneck, Remadji Hoinathy and Teniola Tayo.

Image credit: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/EU

Development partners
This report was funded by 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 Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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