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Wednesday, 07 September 2016

Development and security spending Sahel region are ‘inextricably linked’

Strict aid accounting rules mean the international community is reluctant to finance security operations in Africa’s troubled Sahel region, leaving France all but alone in tackling this sensitive issue. Sandwiched between the Sahara desert and Africa’s tropical forests, the Sahel region is in dire need of peace and security. As several experts noted at the Convergences World Forum in Paris this week, the region’s development is being held back by a lack of international interest in solving its security problems. France currently appears to be the only developed country with any motivation to get involved in the sensitive issue. “We have launched a consultation on security and development in the Sahel, and we found that the cost of inaction would be far higher than the cost of the investment needed to develop the region,” said Sylviane Guillaumont Jeanneney, the president of the Foundation for International Development Study and Research’s (FERDI) interdisciplinary working group on peace and security in the Sahel.

Source: euractiv.com