EPLO Brown Bag Lunch Events

EPLO Brown Bag Lunch events are 1 – 1.5 hour-long, informal round-table discussions on a wide range of geographic and thematic topics with relevance for the EU and its support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Participation is free and (usually) open to all but registration is mandatory.

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Upcoming event

Title The role of young women and men in regional crisis resolution efforts: Lessons from the Lake Chad and Sahel regions
Date Thursday 26 November 2020
Time 12:00 – 13:00
Venue online


The populations in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin (LCB) regions face a range of challenges and threats to their human security due to ongoing conflicts and crises. In particular, young women and men under the age of 25, who make up about two thirds of the population living in the regions, face frequent exposure to violence (including gender-based violence), exclusion from social and political processes, a lack of access to education and employment, a lack of trust in their wider social environments, etc.

In this Virtual Brown Bag Lunch organised with Crisis Management Initiative, we will examine how the EU and other (international and regional) actors should engage with young women and men in the two regions and support their peacebuilding and crisis resolution efforts. In particular, we will look at the impact of the crises in the LCB and Sahel on young women and men and, correspondingly, the roles that youth play in these (local and regional) contexts as peacebuilders, perpetrators and victims.

Rafiu Lawal is the Founder and Executive Director of Building Blocks for Peace Foundation, a youth-led organisation based in Nigeria which seeks to build the resilience of people against violent philosophies and to promote sustainable peace, including through capacity building trainings, workshops, and community sensitisation. Sa’adatu Shuaibu is a Program Officer on the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF). She has been working on prioritising conflict prevention and promoting women and youth’s political participation to build sustainable peace in local communities.

Registration Please note that seats are limited and registration is mandatory. Please RSVP to Lorenzo Conti if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


09/07/2020: Diaspora participation in Colombia’s Truth Commission (Kristian Herbolzheimer, International Catalan Institute for Peace, Helga Flamtermesky, Diaspora Woman)


14/02/2020: Peace and conflict dynamics in the Central African Republic: which opportunities for engagement? (Mark Hoover is a Stabilisation Advisor with the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilisation Operations)

05/02/2020: Preventing violent extremism in Tunisia:  What lessons for European engagement? (Bouraoui Ouni, Search for Common Ground)


28/01/2020: Rethinking the role of non-state actors in war-to-peace transitions: The case of post-conflict Liberia (Dr Christine Cheng, King’s College London)

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