Rigmor Koti

Special Representative for the Sahel, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms Rigmor Elianne Koti is presently the Special Representative for the Sahel in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2012 until 2016 she headed the West Africa unit in the Ministry, and from 2016 to 2019 she served as Deputy Director in the Section for Horn of Africa and West Africa. She has also acted as Director for the same Section in different periods. Sahel has been an important geographical focus for both positions. From August 2009 to July 2012, Koti served at the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi as Head of cooperation, covering Kenya and Somalia. In the period 2002 to 2005 she served as Deputy head of mission at the Norwegian Embassy in Abidjan, covering a number of countries in West Africa and the Sahel. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she has worked in the Department for UN, Peace and Humanitarian Assistance and the Department for Regional Affairs. She has been Desk officer for West Africa in the Africa section, Desk officer for Sudan and South Sudan and Refugee advisor in the Section for Humanitarian Affairs. Koti holds a Masters Degree (Cand. Philol.) in French from the University of Oslo. She has also passed exams in economics, business administration and Africa/development studies.

Rigmor is speaking at

September 3, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


  • Bruno Charbonneau (Speaker) Director, Centre FrancoPaix in Conflict Resolution and Peace Mission
  • Robert ZougmorĂ© (Speaker) Africa Program Leader, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
  • Catherine-Lune Grayson-Courtemanche (Speaker) Policy Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Rachael Mcdonnell (Speaker) Strategic Program Director, IWMI
  • Rigmor Koti (Speaker) Special Representative for the Sahel, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ornella Moderan (Speaker) Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Head of Sahel Programme


The Sahel is a particular case where the interaction between climate-conflict can be strongly observed. With a high-dependence on rain-fed agriculture and livestock, climate variability, especially droughts, leave pastoralists and smallholders in this region particularly vulnerable. Moreover, the region remains fragile, embodied by factors such as weak capacity of the state, inter-group inequality and a history of violent conflict.

In this Webinar, our Guest Speakers will discuss the drivers of conflict in the Sahel, and how climate-smart interventions can help to alleviate these tensions.

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