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Niger in the larger Sahelian context : Internal challenges and Sub-regional opportunities

August 23, 2012
OSIWA, Dakar, Senegal

OSIWA hosts a panel discussion on Niger’s security situation with Niger’s Minister of Justice Mr. Marou Amadou as Special Guest

The Open society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) will host a panel discussion on August 23rd, 2012 with Niger’s Minister of Justice Mr. Marou Amadou who will be discussing the country’s geopolitical security situation in relation to growing threats of insecurity from both within and outside its borders. Other speakers on the panel include Mr. Ibrahima Kane, director of the Open Society Foundations advocacy office at the African Union, Mr. Abderahmane Ngaide, historian and lecturer at University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, and Mr. Oumar Ndongo, former General Secretary of the West African Civil Society Forum.

Niger is increasingly moving into the international spotlight as a country to keep a close watch on. The country has been working hard to rebuild its fledgling democracy ; to come back from the deep political and institutional crisis that was both a result and cause of the February 2010 coup d’état. Over the last couple years, Niger has been trying to bounce back from its tumultuous past. It first exemplified this political and institutional “turning of the page” moment through the smooth running of its Presidential elections in March 2011, which saw President Mahamadou Issoufou, uncontestably, rise to power. Since then the country has been trying to make progress in its path towards democracy, justice and rule of law. Both the government and citizens have pledged great commitment in this pursuit, as has the army and the strong involvement of civil society organizations, led by the Front Uni pour la Sauvegarde des Acquis Democratiques (FUSAD). The latter, particularly, has played a key role in the past in making demands for better governance policy (a deeper democracy), a culture of transparency (fair and rigorous management of public assets and accountability) and a state of law that respects human rights and social justice.

Today, well over a year after Niger’s political transition, it is time to evaluate and perhaps even to re-evaluate the winding path Niger has embarked upon. It’s time to take a step back to look at some key questions, and to take stock of how Niger is trying to build itself both internally and externally.

In particular, Niger’s Minister of Justice, Mr. Marou Amadou will speak about how his government is promoting good governance ; making new spaces for greater participation in governance processes ; encouraging the new role for civil society ; enabling new economic, political and social changes and facilitating innovations within the justice sector. He will further address such pertinent issues as : the status of the Tuaregs in Niger ; the measures taken to curb both internal and external challenges ; the position of the Nigerien state on the Mali crisis and throughout the rest of the Sahel ; and the level of awareness and popular participation in identifying appropriate solutions for the country and the region ; Niger’s relationship with the different protagonists involved in the Mali crisis ; the solution to Niger’s Tuareg problems, islamists, separatists, etc

The meeting with the Minister of Justice Mr. Marou Amadou will take place in the main conference room at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and will be followed by a cocktail.

WHEN : 15.00 – 17.30 Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
WHERE : Open Society Initiative West Africa, Stele Mermoz 100 x El Hadji Ibrahima Niasse

For more information, please contact :

Nadine Kone, Economic Governance Associate, OSIWA ; ; +221 33 869 1033/25

Malick Mbengue Fall, Senegal Program Assistant, OSIWA ; ; +221 33 869 1033/15

Sophie Ly Sow, Communications Officer, OSIWA ; ; +221 33 869 1033/26

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) was created in 2000 as a part of the George Soros global networks of Open Society Foundations and one of four foundations in Africa. OSIWA is dedicated to the promotion of inclusive democratic governance, transparent and accountable institutions and active citizenship across the region. OSIWA envision a West Africa where people enjoy basic freedoms, everyone can participate meaningfully in civic and political life, inequalities and inequities are minimized, exclusion gives way to greater appreciation for pluralism, and governments are accountable and corruption is on the wane.

Publié le 15 août 2012