Regional resilience and cooperation in the Lake Chad Basin

Speakers reflect on opportunities for how support can be delivered through transnational and regional initiatives and programmes.

Research event, Panel
30 June 2021 — 3:00PM TO 4:30PM

The Lake Chad Basin (LCB) region has experienced deepening cycles of fragility, conflict and violence over the past 60 years, most recently due to the impact of armed groups such as Boko Haram, and its offshoot, the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).

Climate vulnerabilities, governance vacuums and uneven access to services have also driven and exacerbated insecurity, deepened marginalization of these outlying areas, and triggered an acute forced displacement crisis, bringing out distinct resilience and survival mechanisms among affected communities in the bordering countries of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

Formal regional stabilization efforts in the LCB have largely focused on combining military and political action. Protecting and building upon community- and local-level forms of resilience in the region requires coordinated transnational efforts to improve service delivery, support the restoration of social cohesion, and deliver effective development programmes.

Speakers discuss how state and non-state development actors can support factors of resilience in the Lake Chad Basin, and reflect on opportunities for how this support can be delivered through transnational and regional initiatives and programmes.

This webinar concludes a series of multi-stakeholder consultations on the Lake Chad Basin region hosted by Chatham House in partnership with the World Bank Group.

The event will be held in French and English with simultaneous interpretation, and broadcast live on the Africa Programme Facebook page.


Idayat Hassan, Director, Centre for Democracy and Development  

Béatrice Odountan Abouya, Country Director, Niger, Search for Common Ground

Nadine Machikou, Professor – Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Yaoundé II

Deborah Wetzel, Director, Regional Integration Office, World Bank

Abdoulaye Seck, Country Director for Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Republic of Congo and Sao Tome and Principe, World Bank

Remadji Hoinathy, Senior Researcher, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

ChairDr Alex Vines, Managing Director, Ethics, Risk and Resilience; Director, Africa Programme, Chatham House

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