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June 2011: Dialogue Process continues in Jos

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WANEP in collaboration with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) and the Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria continued to facilitate the process of reconciliation in Jos Plateau Nigeria through the organisation of a second Jos dialogue session between the 9th and 10th of June 2011 The high point of the second dialogue is the formation of an Inter Community Peace Committee (representing the various communities in Jos Plateau) to follow through the recommendations and action points.

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Quarterly Highlights: January - March, 2011

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Highlights of Peace and Security in West Africa

The first quarter of 2011 saw the organization of three relatively peaceful elections in Benin, Niger and Cape Verde (legislative), while the security and humanitarian situation in Cote d’Ivoire kept degenerating due to the post-electoral crisis following the 28 November, 2010 run-off.

Democratic transitions are increasing the risk for political instability in many countries in West Africa. In 2011, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Liberia and Gambia will organize their presidential elections.

In Cote d’Ivoire, the post-elections crisis almost plunged the country into a civil war. Various diplomatic efforts at the level of ECOWAS and the AU and the International Community as well as CSOs, to talk President Gbagbo into stepping down for the internationally-recognized winner of the presidential elections, Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, failed giving grounds for the use of force to end the stalemate. . . . .

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May 2011: - Make Peace Happen Football Match in Accra

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“Sport plays a critical role in peacebuilding, enabling children, women and men in broken societies to share a common language and a spirit of fair play that transcends divisions and despair that are the consequences of conflict,” Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security.

All over Africa today, Africans are celebrating the African Union Day with the theme: “Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”. Africa Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfAP) an alliance made up of WANEP, ACCORD and NPI join in the celebration to organize the Make Peace Happen Football Match in Accra, Ghana.


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« NON A LA MUTINERIE : Ressaisissons-nous et dialoguons pour mieux répondre aux aspirations profondes du peuple. »
Le réseau Ouest Africain pour l’édification de la paix (WANEP) suit avec attention l’évolution de la situation nationale au Burkina depuis le mois de février 2011.

Le WANEP reste préoccupé par les graves évènements qui secouent le Burkina Faso depuis plus de trois mois. Tous les signaux forts sont présents et font constater de l’existence d’une crise profonde au Burkina Faso. On dénote entre autre un élève tué dans des conditions encore difficiles à élucider, des mouvements de contestations scolaires et estudiantines, militaires, des pillages de boutiques de commerçants…


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May 2011: - WANEP Hosts the AM of the Africa Alliance for Peacebuilding (AFAP)

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The Annual Meeting of the Africa Alliance for Peacebuilding (AFAP)

Accra, Ghana; 11-12 May, 2011
Speaker: Isaac Olawale Albert, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies

On 11-12 May 2011, WANEP hosted the 2011 Annual Meeting (AM) of the Africa Alliance for Peacebuilding in Accra, Ghana. The Africa Alliance for Peacebuilding (AFAP) is a collaborative peer learning forum of three leading African peacebuilding organizations, namely the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) which has its regional secretariat in Accra Ghana and with presence in all the 15 ECOWAS member state, Nairobi Peace Initiative – Africa (NPI-Africa) based in Nairobi, and the Africa Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) based in Durban, South Africa.

The theme for this year’s AGM of AFAP was “African Solutions for African Problems” and had among others the following objectives:

  • Review of peace and security situation in the African continent
  • Harmonization of AFAP strategies for responding to the current threats to peace and security in the continent
  • Learn from each other’s intervention strategies, challenges and success stories
  • Strategies for Leveraging on each organization’s strength and areas of expertise
  • Enhance institutional collaboration and programming
  • Discuss the modalities for sustaining AFAP and its relevance in the continent

Delivering the keynote speech to an audience of diverse stakeholders from the civil society, government and faith based organizations, the keynote speaker, Professor Isaac Olawale Albert of the Institute for African Studies; University of Ibadan, Nigeria explained that finding African Solutions to African Problems was not a new ideology as notable leaders like Kwame Nkrumah in his book, I speak of Freedom, (1909-1972) observed that “Africans must find an African solution to African problems, and that this can only be found in African unity”.

The speaker enunciated the myriad of African challenges of our time to include but not limited to general lack of development, gross human rights violations, inability to organize free and fair elections, perennial armed conflicts and small scale insurgencies, political instability, unrelenting economic crises, financial corruption, wasteful spending, famine, diseases and poverty, all of which have become trademarks of the African continent. He challenged the AfAP members and the audience to redefine its approaches to dealing with these issues in order to realize the African dream of the founding fathers and mothers.

Taking the discussions further, AFAP partners in the course of their 2 day deliberations analyzed the African continent and the various challenges in each of the regions, sharing their experiences and lessons learned. The meeting ended with clear actionable points towards confronting the African challenges through a coordinated Civil Society in partnership with the African Union and the various Regional Economic Councils (RECs).

The next General Meeting of AFAP will be hosted by ACCORD in South Africa.

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