A broad swath of Malians were surveyed to help uncover the source of the country’s governance and security crisis experienced in 2012. A key takeaway was that the current system of political interaction is dysfunctional. To promote an integrated peace and development agenda, institutional reform must involve more diverse local actors, particularly women and young people. It should not rely on traditional religious or cultural leaders and established civil society organizations lest it risk sustaining politics of exclusion.
Security Topics: Security and Development