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Report | Democratic Backsliding in West Africa: Nature, Causes, Remedies

The report, ‘Democratic Backsliding in West Africa: Nature, Causes, Remedies’ was commissioned by the Kofi Annan Foundation ahead of the 2021 Kofi Annan Peace and Security (KAPS) Forum.

The theme of the 2021 edition of the KAPS Forum is ‘Democracy and Governance in the Context of Complex Crises in West Africa’ and this report, authored by Professor E. Gyimah-Boadi, provides an overview of democratic trends in West Africa in recent years to inform and provide context for the discussions.

‘Democratic Backsliding in West Africa: Nature, Causes, Remedies delivers a brief history of democratic consolidation in West Africa after the Cold War, assesses and seeks to explain recent backsliding of democratic norms and values, and highlights the democratic peace dividend in West Africa and the link between democracy, human rights, and security.

Learn more about the Elections and Democracy programme at the Kofi Annan Foundation.

View the Report ‘Democratic Backsliding in West Africa’