The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), in partnership with the African Studies Center at the University of Leiden (Leiden CSA) is organizing a conference on restitution and policy dialogue on the theme: " West Africa, State Capacities and the Challenges of Development and Conflict." The conference will be held June 14th and 15th in Dakar, Senegal.
This conference is part of the activities of the second phase of the Consortium for Development Partnerships (CDP) funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and run by CODESRIA and the Leiden CSA? (ASC). The Ambassador of the Netherlands, His Excellency Mr. De Jong and more than thirty researchers and policy makers from many different countries will take part in policy dialogue. Policy dialogue conferences are one tool used by CODESRIA to inform policy makers of research results and invite them to use these results when making decisions.
This conference will be an opportunity for exchange between partners about the results of research undertaken as part of the CDP, and an opportunity to see how these results lead to the formulation of strategic recommendations for use in the process of decision making. It will also discuss research directions to pursue as part of the CDP III research program .
The CDP program, launched in 2004, brings together a dozen research centers, universities and civil society organizations. The primary purpose of the CDP program is to jointly conduct research activities on themes of economic development, democracy and conflict resolution and build capacity in West Africa. The CDP also makes available baseline data and information to countries of the subregion and ECOWAS, concerning the main challenges they face.
These challenges persist. The African region remains fragmented geographically and economically, and many regions are plagued by conflicts. Liberia and Sierra Leone have experienced particularly bloody wars in the 1990s. Guinea-Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast and Mali have are still experiencing instability. These conflicts underscore the need for further reflection as part of CDP III.