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After 12years of working in the UN and shuttling between tough terrains, mediating crises, resolving conflicts as well as preaching the gospel of global peace, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, CFR decided to return to Nigeria to use his expertise and experience to help address the enormous developmental challenges that Nigeria, ECOWAS and Africa are grappling with. He established Savannah Centre to focus on the nexus between peace, democracy and development. Often times, most ‘think tanks’ are established to deal with one or two of the above three thematic issues. Savannah Centre was established on the underlying principle that peace, development and democracy are inextricably linked. Gambari was inspired by two UN Secretaries-General, both Africans – Boutros Boutros- Ghali and Kofi Annan. They both wrote seminal reports that dealt with peace, development and democracy in the world.

Against this backdrop, the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) will convene an Expert Group Meeting on “The Role of African Civil Society in Preventing Violent Extremism in Africa”. The meeting will take place on 28 – 29 November 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.

The EGM provides a platform to highlight the important role of civil society organizations in preventing violent extremism in Africa as well as amplify civil society perspectives and examine ways to enhance their effectiveness, capacity and international support.







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