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23 Apr


23 Apr 2024
3 PM

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Simultaneous interpretation in both English and French will be provided/Une interprétation simultanée en anglais et en français sera disponible.

Since 2019 and 2020 respectively, the northern parts of Benin and Côte d’Ivoire have been facing growing security challenges posed by the expansion of violent extremist groups. These conflict dynamics, bordering nature reserves and linking coastal regions with the Sahel, do not take place in a security vacuum but rather in an already well-developed illicit environment.

Although state responses have had some positive effects, it is increasingly accepted that state approaches alone will not produce the expected results, and need to be complemented by a community-based approach. This is why GI-TOC’s Observatory of Illicit Economies in West Africa has developed a line of research aimed at gaining a better understanding of the levers of community resilience.

It is within this framework that two resilience dialogues have been organized in Atakora (Benin) and Bounkani (Côte d’Ivoire). Key community members had the opportunity to exchange on the links between illicit economies and instability (and how this link materializes in their communities) and reflect together on interventions to strengthen their resilience.

The event aims to promote the launch of the report entitled “Community Resilience to Violent Extremism and Illicit Economies”, which provides an overview of discussions at two dialogues, addresses key issues and identifies potential interventions for national, regional and international actors seeking to engage in community resilience building.