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Soldiers and Citizens: Military coups and Africa’s Democratic Renewal
October 30 @ 09:00 - 10:15
The Sahel and West Africa region is fast being referred to as constituting a new ‘coup belt’, after experiencing a resurgence in unconstitutional changes of government in recent years. The recent military coups in Niger and Gabon, following events in Burkina Faso, Mali, Sudan, and Guinea, underline a crucial need to delve deeper into the root socio-economic causes behind this alarming trend. UNDP’s new report Soldiers and Citizens: Military coups and Africa’s democratic renewal, explores these issues, emphasizing insecurity, economic stagnation, exclusionary governance, and low development indicators as coup risk factors.
UNDP is pleased to invite you to a presentation of the main findings of the report followed by a panel debate with distinguished experts discussing actionable insights on causes and solutions, with a focus on prioritizing development for lasting stability and coup resilience, beyond sanctions and military interventions.
Moderator: Fatma Ahmed, Specialist, UNDP Africa Facility to Support Inclusive Transitions
9:00 Welcome remarks by Henrik Fredborg Larsen, Director, UNDP Nordic Representation Office
9:05 Opening speech by Ketil Karlsen, Director, Department for Africa and Development Policy, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
9:10 Presentation of the key findings of the report, Jide Martyns Okeke, PhD, Regional Programme Coordinator for Africa, UNDP
9:30 Panel discussion / Q&A
• Thomas Mandrup, Associate Professor and PhD, The Royal Danish Defence College
• Ketil Karlsen, Director, Department for Africa and Development Policy, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Jide Martyns Okeke, PhD, Regional Programme Coordinator for Africa, UNDP
10:10 Closing Remarks
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