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War in cities: an African perspective

The growing phenomenon of urbanization of the global population but also of armed conflicts and therefore of humanitarian action, is a worldwide concern posing serious legal, military and humanitarian challenges. While the most intensive urban combats in recent years have been taking place mainly in the Middle East, the African continent has also experienced a shift from rural to urban armed conflicts, a trend that is likely to last in view of the growing urbanization.

With a special focus on East Africa, this event will bring together regional experts from the humanitarian, military, diplomatic and academic communities to share their point of views and experiences on the issue of urban armed conflicts. What have we learned from past urban conflicts and violence, such as in South Sudan, Nigeria or Central African Republic? What have been the implications of these urban conflicts on humanitarian action and policy efforts in the region? How can key international and local actors work together and adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to improve the conditions of the civilian population?

Event Details

  • Date: June 26, 2017

  • When: 15:00 – 17:00 (Kigali), 9:00 - 11:00 AM (DC)

  • Where: Kigali Convention Center