How Will COVID-19 Impact Peace and Security in Africa?
Venue: Online via Google Meet, Register here
IPSS and Amani Africa are pleased to organize a virtual policy dialogue that aims to discuss the gravity of the peace and security consequences of COVID-19 and the various ways it will impact existing conflicts, post-conflict processes and political transitions.
COVID-19 has upended the social, economic and institutional systems across the world in unexpected ways. An increasing concern in Africa is how far COVID-19 will go in worsening already difficult conflict situations, unravelling peace and transitional processes, and pushing fragile systems.
The panel will seek to address the following questions:
- How will COVID-19 affect security and insecurity at national and regional levels?
- Which conflict situations should be closely monitored and why?
- What is the impact of COVID-19 on the African Peace and Security Architecture?
- How will COVID-19 affect the AU reform process?
- How should we prepare and respond to the peace and security challenges arising from COVID-19?
- What sources of resilience can societies use to cope with the insecurity caused by COVID-19? How should AU, RECs/RMs and other peace and security actors including the UN tap into and support such sources of resilience?
Welcome and introduction: Dr. Yonas Adaye Adeto, Director, Institute for Peace and Security Studies
Moderator: Dr. Solomon A. Dersso, Founding Director, Amani Africa
- Mrs. Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU)
- Dr. Comfort Ero, Director, Africa Program, International Crisis Group