A political analyst and economist from Benin, aged 39, based in Dakar, and an independent consultant in conflict analysis, security and political governance in West Africa, he is the author of a blog (http://gillesyabi.blogspot.com) and founder in December 2014 of WATHI, a socially aware, interactive and multidisciplinary think tank focusing on West African dynamics. He holds a doctorate in development economics (University of Clermont-Ferrand, France) and was initially a journalist with the weekly review Jeune Afrique and then for seven years, from 2007 to 2013, the chief political analyst, then director, of the West Africa Bureau (in Dakar) of the International Crisis Group (ICG), an international NGO working in the field of armed conflict prevention and resolution.
The conclusions of a study conducted in 34 African countries and published by Afrobarometer in April 2014 were clear: 7 out of 10 Africans (71%) preferred democracy to any other political system •1. However, it showed that there was a signiﬁcant gap between the popular demand for democracy and its effective implementation, which is the preserve of the governing elite: fewer than half of all citizens (43%) considered their country to be a democracy and also declared themselves...
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