As the bloody Anglophone conflict entered its third-year calls from various stakeholders, the diplomatic community, national and international non-governmental organizations and thought leaders demanded inclusive dialogue between the government and armed separatists. The need for establishing a credible coalition of key stakeholders to better facilitate dialogue and negotiations became very clear.
A small group of thought leaders began actively discussing the possibility of such a coalition in July 2019. These leaders included Dr. Denis Foretia, Judith Nwana, Henry Atem Oben and Valentine Fontama. Over the ensuing months the urgency of the situation led to the establishment of the Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations in November 2019.