Event Date and time: 22 April – 23 April 2017
Venue details: Bahir Dar | Ethiopia
Event website: Tana Forum
Event cost: Free
The 6th Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa, set to take place on 22-23 April 2017, will focus on the theme of “Natural Resource Governance in Africa”. The choice, in many ways, reflect the centrality of natural resources, both in historical as well as in contemporary times, as acknowledged above, in understanding: i) the far-reaching implications on state-society relations within the continent, and ii) Africa’s disadvantageous position in global production and exchange since the earliest days of European penetration and colonialism. It also seeks to showcase how over time, the exploitation of the continent’s rich and diverse natural resources, both on land and sea, have created several paradoxes; in particular, those leading to inequality and poverty, corruption, unemployment, environmental degradation, violent conflicts, and the elusive quest to realise Africa’s full developmental potential.
While natural resources can serve as a critical national asset to lift citizens out of dire economic situations into sustainable development as the experience of many countries have clearly demonstrated, the flipside is that “[Over] the last 60 years, in any particular year, between 40 and 60 per cent of ongoing internal armed conflicts have been linked to natural resources” (AfDB, 2016). Clearly, then, one of the most important and contentious issues Africa currently faces in the natural resource sector is how to reverse the misfortunes of exploitation and ‘bring governance back’ in ensuring that benefits accruing from the continent’s providential endowments create new opportunities and positive multiplier effects for citizens and the state.
The Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa is an annual meeting that brings together African leaders and stakeholders to engage and explore African-led security solutions. Currently in its 6th edition the Forum is at the forefront of initiating dialogue with the continent’s policymakers and influencers.