Finding a Path Through Quagmire: Humanitarian Access and Coordination in the Sahel
In the Sahel states of Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso, a nearly decade-long insurgency undermines regional security and continues to cause widespread humanitarian need. Despite significant international support, the Sahel crisis continues to intensify leaving 15 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Response capabilities are limited by state-level instabilities which have worsened civilian access to essential services, restricted humanitarian access, and undermined the capabilities of long-standing strategic military partnerships. The Sahel has also become an experimental arena for the implementation of the ‘Triple Nexus’ approach to address humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding needs simultaneously. As a theoretical framework, this approach has inspired optimism for offering new solutions to old challenges by enhancing sectoral collaboration. Yet, implementation in the Sahel has been challenged by the complexity of the security situation and a disconnect between the ambitions of the triple nexus concept and the operational environment for humanitarian actors.
Please join the CSIS Humanitarian Agenda, and the CSIS Africa Program for the launch of the report, Finding a Path Through Quagmire - Humanitarian Access and Coordination in the Sahel . The panel will feature Will Brown, Senior Associate (Non-resident) of the CSIS Africa Program, Ornella Moderan , Sahel Program Head at the Institute for Security Studies in Bamako, and Bill O'Keefe, Executive Vice President for Mission, Mobilization and Advocacy at Catholic Relief Services. The event will be introduced by Jacob Kurtzer, Director and Senior Fellow of the CSIS Humanitarian Agenda, and moderated by Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, Director and Senior Fellow of the CSIS Africa Program.
This event is made possible through the generous support of USAID.