WANEP’s Next Strategic Direction: 2015 - 2020

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West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI)

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Launched in 2002, WAPI seeks to increase the knowledge base in West Africa by contributing to research and enhancing the skills and expertise of individuals, organizations and businesses in the area of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. WAPI strives to overcome the gap in practice, knowledge and skills in peacebuilding in the sub region and increase the number of competent, active peacebuilding practitioners in West Africa, thus, increasing the possibilities of achieving reconciled, just and stable societies in the sub-region.


Civil Society Coordination and Democratic Governance Programme (CSDG)

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The Civil Society Coordination and Democratic Governance programme provides an integrated platform for WANEP engagement with diverse stakeholders to promote peaceful democratic transition, conflict resolving governance and enhance democratic structures, institutions and practices at various levels.

Under the CSDG, WANEP partners with CSOs to monitor and mitigate election-related conflicts with the view to promote dialogue and peaceful elections.

Non-violence and Peace Education (NAPE)

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Launched in May 2000, NAPE seeks to promote the culture of nonviolence and peace within West African communities with particular focus on children and youth in schools and in the informal sector. The programme promotes peer mediation and peace clubs in schools as well as peace education curriculums at various levels: schools, colleges, teachers’ training colleges, universities and policy level. Peacebuilding is not an event but rather a process which when properly inculcated in the minds and comportment of children, youth and adult; they will become agents of change – this is the philosophy behind NAPE.

Women in Peacebuilding (WIPNET)

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The Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) Programme was launched in November 2001 with the aim of building the capacity of women to enhance their roles in peacebuilding and post conflict reconstruction in West Africa. WANEP through WIPNET seeks to increase the number of trained women practitioners in peacebuilding as trainers, researchers, mediators and advocates. Through community mobilization and other innovative platforms, WANEP strives to provide a forum for women at the grassroots to amplify their voices on issues of peace and human security.Under the WIPNET programme, WANEP promotes mainstreaming gender perspective into peacebuilding and conflict prevention frameworks at community, national and regional level.

West Africa Early Warning and Early Response Network (WARN)

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WARN is an integral of WANEP’s overall conflict prevention mechanism. It works to enhance human security in West Africa by monitoring and reporting socio-political situations that could degenerate into violent and destructive conflicts. WARN informs policy makers on options for response on one hand and WANEP’s response strategies on the other hand. The WARN programme of WANEP is the forerunner of the ECOWARN. WANEP is developing a National Early Warning System (NEWS) in all of its national networks to further strengthen ECOWARN by providing a more robust and grassroots information into the system. The programme (NEWS) is setting up community-based conflict monitoring systems with local monitors to produce conflict and peace assessment reports, early warning reports, and policy briefs which are widely disseminated to CSOs, governments, intergovernmental bodies, partners, and UN agencies.