Oumarou Paul Koalaga William Assanvo Mouhamadou Kane Parfait N'Goran Flore Berger

North-Eastern Côte d’Ivoire: between illicit economies and violent extremism

A Talk by Oumarou Paul Koalaga , William Assanvo , Parfait N'Goran , Mouhamadou Kane and Flore Berger

About this Talk

This is the launch event for the GI-TOC report “North-eastern Côte d’Ivoire: between illicit economies and violent extremism”. Since 2020, north-eastern Côte d’Ivoire, and in particular in and around the Comoé National Park, has been vulnerable to violent extremism expansion. There have been numerous threats and intimidations against the population and direct or indirect attacks on the defense and security forces. In parallel, the region experienced an increase in criminal activities such as highway robberies, cattle rustling, kidnappings, and artisanal gold mining, with the park playing a strategic role. This report analyses the complex relationship between illicit economies and violent extremism and highlights the key role of illicit economies in armed groups’ strategy, both in terms of financing and expansion. 

04 October 2023, 02:00 PM

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

About The Speakers

Oumarou Paul Koalaga

Oumarou Paul Koalaga

Founder and Executive Director, Institut de Stratégie et de Relations Internationales (ISRI)


William Assanvo

William Assanvo

Senior Researcher, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)


Parfait N'Goran

Parfait N'Goran

Researcher and Lecturer, University of Bouaké


Mouhamadou Kane

Mouhamadou Kane


Flore Berger

Flore Berger

Sahel Analyst, GI-TOC