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"From the Field" Series --- MEDIATING COMPLEX COMMUNITY CONFLICTS: Lessons from Jos Plateau, Nigeria and Bawku, Upper West of Ghana

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 The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding 's (WANEP) role in dialogue and mediation has become increasingly recognized and acclaimed by major stakeholders and key partners in peace and security.

WANEP's emphasis on collaborative approaches and in complementing state effort in addressing conflicts was echoed by the former Secretary to the  government of Plateau state late Gynang Nyam Shom at the Jos dialogue design meeting (February 3 - 4, 2011) when he stated “the WANEP dialogue and intervention strategy enhances trust and empowers conflict parties to take ownership of the process”. The realization that government and nongovernmental collaboration is critical to mitigate the risks and threats of conflicts has been a driving force for WANEP's interventions at the community, national and regional levels. In this regard, the organization has led several community based dialogue and mediation efforts across the West African region.

It has also been instrumental in creating structures that further facilitate peaceful co-existence in post conflict communities including the Bawku Inter-Ethnic Peace Committee in Ghana and Plateau State Inter-Community Peace Committee in Nigeria. WANEP has at various times supported the establishment and operationalization of infrastructures for peace and served on peace committees set up by governments in the region ..... Read more

From the Field: HARNESSING LOCAL CAPACITIES FOR POLITICAL DIALOGUE: WANEP’s Experience in the 2012 Ghanaian Election

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Issue No. 2: Women in Peacebuilding

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West African women like women all over Africa are faced with the dire reality of violent conflicts in the subregion. Atrocious wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone have resulted in scores of internally displaced persons and refugees, most of whom are women and children. Intermittent inter-communal violence disguised as religious continues to ravage the lives of women in Nigeria as well.

Peacebuilding initiatives in the subregion are growing and have only recently begun to realize the need to include and involve women in conflict transformation and Peacebuilding processes.

Women are rising to the occasion. They now actively participate in decisions that affect their lives in very encouraging ways. For instance, Sierra Leonean and Liberian women are increasingly been heard and seen demanding from political leaders and the international community their right to be included in processes that affect their lives and the lives of their children.

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Issue No. 1: Statistics Don't Bleed, People Do (May 2001)

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Issue No. 3: Peacebuilding and Conflict Intervention: A Critical Review of Training (December 2001)

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