Global Observatory Piece on Chad and Its Western Allies

I’m up at Global Observatory with a piece on Chad. Here’s an excerpt:

The Chadian government is also asking Western and African donors for more development funding. Chad will hold a roundtable in Paris in September to seek contributions for its newly adopted national development plan. Potential partners have already shown a willingness to participate: Deby recently hosted the vice president of the African Development Bank, which is financing projects in Chad’s electricity sector; the Bank confirmed that it will attend the Paris roundtable. The adoption of the development plan was one factor in the IMF’s decision to grant a new loan. The IMF did not make any allusion to Chad’s role in regional security, but other actors are clearly aware of the bargaining power that Chad has with donors because of its security role. Meeting the committee organizing the roundtable, France’s ambassador to Chad asked the Chadian government—according to the paraphrase of a Chadian news site—“to avoid playing the security card.” But the card has already been played, and with effect.

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2 thoughts on “Global Observatory Piece on Chad and Its Western Allies

  1. Hi there Alex. There is a good radio report on this on RFI (journal Afrique) right now. According to the Chadian opposition leader “the lion” is already jailing potential opponents (recently a mayor) in view of the 2021 elections and expecting 3 billion USD loan in exchange for his security card. It would seem the Chadian government is pretty broke and has only been able to pay state employees with donor money at the end of last year.

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