The Impact of the COVID-19 on Peace and Security in Africa: Perspectives from the 2020 Global Peace Index Report
Join IEP, the African Union and International-IDEA on September 24th for a plenary discussion reflecting on this year’s GPI report and its relevance to peace and security in Africa.
Africa recorded a slight fall in peacefulness on the 2020 GPI, with an overall score deterioration of 0.5 per cent. Twenty countries in the region improved in peacefulness while 24 deteriorated. Disputes over election results and demands for political change have led to civil unrest and political instability in several countries across the region, with violent protests breaking out in many countries over the past year. Benin experienced the biggest deterioration of any country in the world, falling 34 places in the ranking to 106th on the 2020 GPI. The region’s three largest improvers in peacefulness in the last year were South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea, all of which recorded improvements of more than six per cent.
Based on empirical data, scientific measurement, and high-quality analysis the GPI performs the following relevant functions:
- Examines the indicators and drivers relating to violence and peace in the world – including Africa and its sub-regions – thus allowing countries and other partners to identify and mitigate against risk factors.
- Focuses on the factors, challenges and opportunities relating to peace, conflict and economic flourishing with focus on individual countries and their respective regions. Special attention is given to the unique vulnerabilities of certain nations.
- Offers a comprehensive account of emerging factors such as climate change, pestilential threats, and political developments.
- Aligns peace metrics to economic performance and other national development priorities such as the SDGs.
- Makes the case for Positive Peace and other forward-looking frameworks proven to have beneficial impact on economic and human development through reducing conflict and its negative consequences.
Drawing on a well-tested model and with thirteen previous editions completed, the GPI Report reliably monitors global and national trends and progress towards attaining sustainable peace. The 2020 GPI Report aims to provide an indispensable technical tool to support the activities and interventions of government, business, financial institutions, and local actors. In Africa, this holds even higher potential as a tool for accelerating the integration agenda and Agenda 2063.
This webinar comprises of panel presentations from IEP, I-IDEA and the African Union. There ‘plenary’ discussions all reflecting on this year’s GPI report and its relevance to peace and security in Africa. Academics, community Leaders, and other stakeholders at all levels will be invited to participate at the webinar. Overall, presentations will include a presentation of key data points and reflections by discussants. The event will be live streamed to the major social media and other platforms available to I-IDEA and IEP.
Professor Adebayo Olukoshi: International IDEA Regional Director for Africa and West Asia
Mr. Trust Mamombe: IEP Director for Africa
Ambassador Fred Ngoga: Head of Division, Conflict Prevention and Early Warning