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March 2011 - STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE WOMEN OF COTE D’ IVOIRE BY WOMEN PEACEMAKERS PROGRAM- AFRICA

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March, 2011: - WANEP condoles with the Government and People of Japan over the catastrophic earthquake and tsunamis

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Following the devastating earthquake that struck northeast Japan, WANEP expresses its profound condolences to the Government and People of Japan over the catastrophic earthquake and the ensuing devastation of the tsunamis leading to the loss of precious lives and destruction of communities.

Mr. Emmanuel Bombande, the Executive Director, in a letter addressed to the Embassy of Japan in Ghana over the tragic effects of the earthquake and tsunamis stated:
‘On behalf of the Board, the Management, members of the Regional Secretariat, members of the networks across the sub-region, the entire WANEP and myself, I extend our deepest sympathies to you and all the people of Japan, to all those affected by the devastating earth quake and tsunami as well as the nuclear reactor explosion that happened in Japan in the past few days. We are together with you in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time. We believe that with the efficiency and bold response mechanisms led by your Prime Minister in the ongoing rescue missions and relief efforts, you will overcome the grave consequences of this unprecedented tragedy’.

Meanwhile, on March 3, 2011 WANEP organized and hosted in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan a round table discussion with Dr. Hoshino from Japan who made a presentation on the theme ‘Japan’s Role in Human Security and Peacebuilding in West Africa’. His presentation revealed the importance Japan attaches to human security and peacebuilding and their willingness to accompany local actors to ensure there is local ownership and success in peacebuilding activities.


 

WPP-A: Call for applications / Appel a candidatures

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WPP-AFRICA

Call for applications / Appel a candidatures

March, 2011: - Bénin : Election présidentielle 2011, menaces sur l'unité nationale et la démocratie

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1. Introduction

Le Bénin est généralement considéré comme un pays modèle de démocratie pour sa stabilité politique et le fonctionnement normal de ses institutions.

En vingt (20) ans d'expérience démocratique, il a connu douze élections dont quatre présidentielles (1991, 1996, 2001 et 2006), cinq législatives (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 et 2007), deux communales (2002 et 2008) et une locale (2008). Malgré cette culture démocratique, le peuple béninois connaitra en 2011, une première, celle d'organiser les élections présidentielle et législatives en trois mois avec une Liste Electorale Permanente Informatisée (LEPI) réputée nécessaire pour renforcer la culture démocratique, lutter contre les fraudes et manipulations électorales et favoriser la promotion des opérations formelles en faveur du développement. La tenue de deux scrutins avec la LEPI constitue une évolution moderne en matière d'élection mais aussi l'enjeu majeur et l'on se demande si cette gageure pourra réellement se réaliser dans un contexte politique fait de rupture, d'absence de dialogue et de méfiance  généralisée entre acteurs politiques.

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February 2011: - Agriculture and Pastoralist Conflicts in West Africa Sahel

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The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) organized a 2-day consultative workshop on Agriculture and Pastoralist Conflicts in West Africa Sahel, bringing together participants from 8 countries in the West Africa Sub-region on February 22-23, 2011 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The principal goal of the workshop was to collectively identify and examine the factors contributing to agro-pastoralists conflicts, and discuss issues and priorities for preventive peacebuilding prospect in the West Africa Sahel.

The outcome of the consultative workshop revealed that farmers and herders have been living and plying their trades in a peaceful environment for centuries. Thus, the problem does not stem from ethnicity but as a result of changes in climatic conditions, boundary demarcation, sharp increase in demands for lands, weak regulatory system, and inadequate national and cross-border policy to deal with the issue amongst others.

At the end of the 2-day consultative workshop, participants issued a communiqué highlighting principal points of discussions and the various proposed strategies dealing with this age-long conflict.

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