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Report on Inter-Party Youth Dialogue Committee (IPYDC) Training on Understanding Conflict, Integrity and Early Warning

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Report on Inter-Party Youth Dialogue Committee (IPYDC) Training on Understanding Conflict, Integrity and Early Warning

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, Ghana (WANEP-Ghana) held a training workshop for members of their Inter Party Youth Dialogue Committee (IPYDCs) from five regions. The participants were from Tamale, Sunyani, Ho, Takoradi and Kumasi under its Youth in Election (YiEL) project. The workshop included 10 participants from District Assemblies in the Western Region.

The Youth in Election project was developed based on findings of a research WANEP-Ghana participated in, in conflict prone areas of Tamale and Yendi, Bawku and Wa in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions of Ghana. One of the key findings of the research was that the youth (aged 18 to 35) were mostly influenced by individuals and groups including politicians to engage in violent actions against opponents. Statistics on WANEP-Ghana’s database asserted to the finding that politically motivated youth violence were on the increase in most parts of the country.

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October : WANEP Regional Board Meets

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WANEP Regional Board Meets – 12th to 14th October 2011

In line with the constitutional provision of WANEP which stipulates that its Board shall meet for a minimum of twice in a year; the WANEP regional Board held its 2nd meeting for 2011 from the 12th to the 14th of October at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Accra Ghana.

At the meeting, the Board received and acted upon the administrative, program and financial report from the WANEP regional secretariat. The Board further took the opportunity of the meeting to provide useful advice and direction on the running of the network at both regional and national secretariat and empowered WANEP regional Management team to undertake some policy reforms aimed at the growth and development of the network.

The board commended the management and staff of WANEP at both regional and national secretariats for their dedication and giant strides since the last board meeting and reminded them that expectations of the various West African communities WANEP serve are enormous especially as many countries in the sub region are experiencing some levels of fragility and brittleness.

Quarterly Highlights: April - June, 2011

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Highlights of Peace and Security in West Africa

Like the first quarter of 2011, the second quarter was marked by election-related issues. In Nigeria, the general presidential and gubernatorial elections were organized. The elections were regarded as one of the most credible elections in the political annals of the country despite uncertainties about the credibility of the elections. However, the announcement of the presidential elections was marred by an outbreak of violence mainly in the northern part of the country.

The quarter also witnessed an increase in the activities of the Boko Haram group with bombings of government institutions and killings of government security operatives as well as civilians especially in Borno and Bauchi State. The peace process in Jos also suffered a setback with renewed violence. There were reported cases of agro-pastoral conflicts between Fulani cattle herdsmen and indigenous farmers at Guma Local Government Council of Benue State where 40 persons were reported dead and farmlands/crops destroyed.

In Cote d’ivoire, the political stalemate finally ended with the capture of Laurant Gbagbo after a violent confrontation that left score of people dead. The internationally recognized winner of the Ivorian elections, Allassan Dramane Ouattara was finally sworn into office marking the end of a civil war that threatened to engulf the West African region......

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WANEP CONGRATULATES LEYMAH GBOWEE FOR HER ACHIVEMENTS AND WINNING OF THE 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

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WANEP CONGRATULATES LEYMAH GBOWEE FOR HER ACHIVEMENTS AND WINNING OF THE 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) rejoices with the people of Liberia and particularly President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Ms. Leymah Gbowee on the remarkable achievement of winning the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011. The significance of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is in the recognition of the courage and leadership role of the Women of Liberia in their collective efforts to work for peace in Liberia and contribute to the reconstruction of their war devastated country. It is truly gratifying that it is the women of Liberia who lived the trauma and ravages of the Liberian civil war who are recognised today for their achievement of building peace and not an outside leader or expert who contributed to the peace. The achievement of President Johnson Sirleaf and Ms Leymah Gbowee mark a new trend; that peace can be achieved and sustained by the toil and efforts of those who have experienced violence and yet have the courage to stand up and build bridges, reconcile communities and construct a new vision for divided communities......

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September 2011: - WANEP – ECOWAS Biannual Coordination Meeting Begins in Abuja Nigeria

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In its capacity as the official implementing partner of ECOWARN, WANEP Focal Points from the 15 ECOWAS member states, its Zonal Coordinators and regional staff started a biannual meeting with the Early Warning Directorate and Government Focal Point of the ECOWAS Early Warning System – ECOWARN.

The meeting provides opportunity for the stakeholders in ECOWARN to learn from the challenges from the field and improve on the system as well as the skills and technical know-how of the field monitors in order to improve the regional early warning system, ECOWARN. In addition, the Coordination Meeting is a moment to meet physically new field monitors from Government and CSOs and share experiences aimed at making the system more responsive to the communities and institutions it is meant to serve.

In his opening remarks on behalf of the Executive Director of WANEP, Mr. Chukwuemeka Eze – Program Director, observed that in an attempt to increase both the volume and quality of early warning data at community level through to the national, WANEP has put in place a National Early Warning System (NEWS) in each of its national network. NEWS which is at its launching stage and would be full operation in all its national networks by the first quarter of 2012 will be an added value to the ECOWARN. He further stated that after the full operationalization of the NEWS at every national network, WANEP and ECOWAS will discuss modalities and technicalities on streamlining data of the NEWS into ECOWARN. This initiative he stated, will take the contribution of WANEP as the official implementing partner of ECOWARN into another level of improving and institutionalizing the ECOWAS regional early warning system which so far has been serving as reference point and a working model of CSO and inter-governmental institution partnership in the prevention and mitigation of violent conflict across the globe.

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