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MBROU Antoinette Yawavi

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Mme MBROU Antoinette Yawavi is a Togolese by nationality and an International Consultant on Human Rights, Election observations, Mediation and Negotiation among others. She was a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Togo and has worked with several research institutions and international development agencies. She is a Lawyer and Legal Adviser. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Law.

Madam Dao Gabala

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Mariam has over 20 years of diversified professional experience in development finance within both the private and public sectors in Cote D’ivoire. She is currently the Regional Representative for the Francophone Africa of the Ecumenical Development Co-operative Society (SCOD). She is a member of the Board of Directors of ECOBANK Ghana and also the president of Coalition des Femmes Leaders de Côte d’Ivoire.  She holds a Diploma (finance/accounting option) from the Higher Commercial School, Abidjan. She is currently the Regional Manager and the West African Representative for Oikocredit International.

Professor Patricia Donli

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Professor Patricia Donli is the immediate past Board Chair of WANEP- Nigeria, a member of the Board of ActionAid International, Nigeria and a recent appointee of the Federal Government of Nigeria on the Board of the Trustfund
She is a Lecturer at University of Maiduguri and the Executive Director of Gender Equality, Peace and Development Centre (GEPaDC). She is a gender activist who consults both for National and International Organisations and Institutions and the author of WANEP’s Guide on the development and Implementation of National Action Plans on the UNSCR 1325. She is a member of many professional bodies.
She has over 25 academic publications and several workshop and seminar papers to her credit.
Her vision is a world where there is recognition and appreciation of diversities as she believes that these are the panacea for a peaceful world. She believes strongly in mentoring as she thinks that the greatest tragedy in one’s life is when it’s time for the person to move on and the person has no one to hand over the baton to.
 

Rev. John Nkum

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Rev. John Nkum is an Organization and Systems Development consultant.  He is also a Development Planning and Project Management consultant. Rev. Nkum is the founder and Executive Director of Nkum Associates, a consultancy firm that has undertaken local and international assignments in the fields of organization and systems development, development planning and project management since 1992.  He is also the Executive Director of Organization Development Centre-Ghana, a Non-Governmental organization that offers capacity development, training and coaching services to organizations and executives in Africa.

Rev. John Nkum holds a Masters Degree in Development Planning and a second Masters Degree as well as several professional/practitioner certificates in Gestalt Organization and Systems Development.  He is also a practitioner of the gestalt approach to couples and family therapy, a member of the Founders’ Circle of Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Organization and Systems Development Integrative Study Centre in Ohio, USA. Rev. Nkum is a Partner of the GestaltOD Partners LLC, a company registered in the US and offering OD and Leadership development programs internationally.  He is a certified user of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator psychometric instrument.

Rev. Nkum is a member of the Membership Committee of the National Training Laboratory (NTL) of the USA. He is also a member of the OD Network (ODN), the International Association of Organization Development (IODA) and also of the Ghana Institute of Planners.

He is the Senior Associate Pastor of Tesano Baptist Church, Accra, Ghana.

Chairperson's Message 2010

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[Extracted from WANEP Annual Report, 2010]

On behalf of the Regional Board, I am delighted to express our appreciation to all the member-organisations of WANEP, the National Boards and National Secretariats, the Regional Secretariat and the WANEP-Management Team. Over the past year, the Governance structure of WANEP has provided mutual accountability within the organisation and enhanced the institutional performance of the Network. We must sustain good governance and a high level of institutional performance within WANEP in order to optimise our effectiveness of peacebuilding and conflict prevention in West Africa.

The past year has witnessed several activities through which WANEP contributed to enhance human security. These activities continue to raise the profile of WANEP at national and regional level as well as in the international peacebuilding community. WANEP’s contribution to the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Mechanism through the Early Warning System-ECOWARN continues to be highly appreciated. WANEP also increased its contribution in the work of the African Union Peace and Security Commission under the “Make Peace Happen” declaration of the Africa Union. I take particular note of WANEP’s contribution to the Dili process on international dialogue and statebuilding and WANEP representation as one of the four civil society organisations on the working group on Political Dialogue of the Dili process. While commending WANEP’s efforts, the emerging threat to peace and stability in West Africa during the year under review has been around the organisation of credible and peaceful elections. This is a new frontier in which the integration of peacebuilding and statebuilding informs the West African context much more forcefully. More than ever before, WANEP must coordinate and play a leadership role in enhancing the capacity of civil society in the promotion of human security, conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

The experiences of building peace and the challenges in this effort during the year make it imperative to work towards building internal state capacity for political dialogue. How state institutions especially those who manage elections can be supported to perform their roles professionally and with all sense of impartiality without any hindrance is a critical component of statebuilding. In-country political dialogue should be nurtured with the development of state institutions that have integrity and the respect of citizens. While these institutions will work to promote dialogue, the environment for building better state-society relations will increase trust, cohesion and inclusive democratic practices which all enhance the organisation of peaceful political transitions. I urge all member organisations and the national networks to integrate this important need at national levels in the design of national programs while the regional secretariat provides the support and sustains the international linkages and advocacy to push this further.

The year 2010 was a very rewarding one. Albeit the challenges, Niger succeeded in completing all the necessary preparations for the conduct of elections in early 2011. Guinea-Conakry demonstrated resilience and succeeded in the first ever democratic transition in that country. This happened with great difficulty at a time some international institutions wrote Guinea off and issued alerts of “ethnic cleansing”. Cote d’Ivoire did not succeed as Guinea did and yet we must remain hopeful that a transition that respects the will of the people in Cote d’Ivoire will be upheld. On behalf of the Board, I urge you all to continue with the hard work and commitment of peacebuilding in 2011 with renewed energy and dedication. I wish all staff of WANEP at Regional and National levels, Happy New Year. God bless WANEP. God bless Africa.