About Us

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.

The role of African civil society in countering violent extremism in Africa

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The EGM will contribute to help galvanize international actions, strategies, and renew commitments towards combating terrorism and violent extremism in Africa.      
To interface with critical civil society organizations, think-tanks, multi-lateral organizations, and the international community, leading researchers in the field of peace and security with the aim of contributing to the design of new and sustainable strategies that can help bring peace in regions affected by violent extremism.

To this end, the Workshop will aim at the following three specific objectives:
(a) Contribute to a better understanding of the root causes of conflict in Africa as they are linked to violent extremism.
(b) Enhance understanding on the impact of violent extremism on the economic development of the African continent.
(c) Outline the strategies tackling violent extremism and terrorism in further promoting peace and security, good governance and sustainable development in Africa.


  • Review and evaluate guidelines and codes of ethics for media and journalism and the gaps in Nigeria.
  • Mobilize support of practitioners, regulators and civil societies in facilitating reforms processes
  • .Coordinate advocacy and engagements with the Executive and Legislative arms of Government to achieve the optimum results.
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