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How Will COVID-19 Impact Peace and Security in Africa?

21 May 2020

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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
Mrs. Michelle Ndiaye, Outgoing Director, Africa Peace and Security Programme / Head of Secretariat, Tana Forum, IPSS


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21 May 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm EAT
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Institute for Peace & Security Studies (IPSS)
Amani Africa