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October 2010: - COMMUNIQUÉ_DE_PRESSE-Election_de_Cote_d'Ivoire

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October 2010: - Election Barometer: Developing Community Capacities for Monitoring & Responding to Electoral Violence in West Africa

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Election Barometer: Developing Community Capacities for Monitoring & Responding to Electoral Violence in West Africa

As part of its efforts to address electoral violence in West Africa, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) regional secretariat, its national networks and members across the sub region conducted a series of capacity building project for civil society organisations and other major actors to prevent, mitigate and respond to electoral conflicts. ............

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October 2010: 2010 ECOWAS Strategic Level Seminar on Transnational Organized Crime and Human Security

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2010 ECOWAS Strategic Level Seminar on Transnational Organized Crime and Human Security

From 10th to 15th October 2010, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding participated in an ECOWAS Strategic Level Seminar organized by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Accra Ghana. The seminar brought together 74 participants from 13 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo), the United Kingdom and United States as well as other CSOs like Kofi Annan International Training Center and West African Civil Society Forum.

The seminar was anchored on the premise that despite the vast natural and human resources and progress made in the last decade towards the establishment of democratic cultures and governing systems, West African countries continue to occupy the bottom ranks of the UN Human Development Index. In addition, West Africa is affected by a number of illicit commercial activities. Some of these originate in the region, such as those involving oil bunkering and human trafficking. Others are destined for the region, such as toxic waste, firearms, or counterfeit medication. Still others merely transit the region, such as cocaine. In each case these illicit activities feed the growth of local and transnational crime organizations and a culture of fast money that is progressively eroding the foundations of any sustainable and well balanced socio-economic development. This in turn will diminish the credibility of the state as the institution entrusted with guaranteeing security and dispensing justice

The seminar subsequently;

  • Explored the range of illicit activities, assess the specific historical context and socio-economic conditions, and examine the organization and extent of transnational crimes in West Africa, and its implications for ongoing democratization, development, and public health efforts;
  • Explored the links between organized criminal activities and the financing of terror, in view of the vulnerabilities of the region;
  • X-rayed the initiatives led by West African countries, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations, and foreign security assistance partners to build African capacity to combat transnational crimes;
  • Raised senior-level awareness, develop political will and support capacity development in combating transnational crimes within the ECOWAS region; and
  • Proposed means of enhancing national coordination and international collaboration.

October 2010: - DECLARATION DE MISE EN PLACE DU COMITE DE VEILLE ET DE LA MEDIATION EN PERIODE ELECTORALE

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DECLARATION DE MISE EN PLACE DU COMITE DE VEILLE ET DE LA MEDIATION EN PERIODE ELECTORALE

Vu l’Accord politique de Ouagadougou signé le 04 Mars 2007, par les principaux acteurs de la classe politique,

Vu le dernier communiqué du CPC de Ouagadougou soulignant la nécessité de l’implication de la société civile dans le processus électoral en cours en Côte d’Ivoire,

Considérant le rôle avant-gardiste d’édification de paix que joue le Réseau Ouest Africain pour l’Edification de la Paix (WANEP) dans l’Espace CEDEAO,

Considérant l’impérieuse nécessité d’organiser des élections pacifiques pour une sortie de crise réussie. .........

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September 2010: - WAPI 2010 ENDS

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WAPI 2010 ENDS

WAPI 2010 came to a close on September 17, 2010 with a total of 30 participants trained. The Deputy Commandant of KAIPTC, Brigadier-General George K. Adjei, who chaired the closing ceremony commended WANEP and its partners especially GTZ for the effort put into conducting this annual training which has contributed to the capacity building needs of peacebuilding practitioners from both national and international organisations including ECOWAS, the UN personnel and civil society organisations over the past nine years.

The Executive Director of WANEP, Mr. Emmanuel Bombande thanked all the participants and all those who made WAPI 2010 a great success. He expressed WANEP’s profound gratitude to GTZ and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre for their continuous and sustained support to WAPI. He ended by appreciating the participants for their passion and conviction to work for peace in Africa.