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July 2011: - WANEP Starts a dialogue and reconciliation project in Cote d’Ivoire

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WANEP-Cote d’Ivoire with technical and financial support from WANEP Regional and IBIS respectively launched a project that seeks to promote dialogue and reconciliation in the aftermath of the post-election violence that paralysed the country; resulting in the loss of lives of thousands of people, destroying property and displacing a large segment of the Ivoirian populace. After the launch, a two-day capacity building workshop was held at the Manhattan Suite Hotel in Abidjan on July 28th -29th, 2011 for seventeen (17) leaders of civil society organisations selected from communities that were mostly affected by the crisis and who have started working on the process of reconciliation in their various communities.

This project is to contribute to the call for national reconciliation process against the backdrop of the creation of a Commission on Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation (CDTR) by the Government of President Alassane Ouattara.

A communiqué was released with concrete recommendations addressed to the Government, the Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, CSOs, the Media and Ivoirians in general to move the reconciliation process forward.

WANEP also visited the President of the CDTR, his Excellency Charles Konan Banny to outline the various programmes and projects of WANEP aimed at promoting peace and reconciliation in Cote d’Ivoire. The meeting, which lasted for about an hour discussed how the work of WANEP will be aligned to support the Commission’s mandate so as to ensure sustainability after its two-year timeframe elapses.

The President of the CDTR welcomed the initiative of WANEP stating that the project will go a long way in complementing the work of the Commission to reconcile the Ivorian people and establish trust so as to create an enabling environment for socio-economic development.

July 2011: - WANEP Advocates for more Emphasis on a Preventive Approach to the Principles of R2P

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On 12 July 2011, the UN General Assembly convened its 3rd annual informal interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), which focused on the role of regional and sub-regional organizations in implementing the Responsibility to Protect.

The Executive Director of WANEP– Mr Emmanuel Bombande who was part of the first panellists at this meeting while providing an overview of the experience of West Africa and the region’s commitment to RtoP recognised that the norm resonates with the region’s history, and underscored the importance of and need for prevention.

In discussing preventive measures, such as early warning mechanisms, Mr. Bombande emphasized the importance of the ECOWAS early warning system, ECOWARN, which draws its inspiration from RtoP. Mr. Bombande highlighted the role of regional organizations in responding to crisis situations, as evidenced by several preventive diplomacy efforts at various levels including Heads of State, the deployment of an ECOWAS monitoring group in Liberia and Sierra Leone and the measures taken recently by ECOWAS following the 2010 political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire.

Although acknowledging the importance of the response pillar, Mr. Bombande expressed concern for the potential problems that can arise as a result of reactive measures. Prevention from mass atrocities, he emphasized, is therefore crucial for the populations residing within a state, and for the norm of the Responsibility to Protect.

June 2011: WANEP Executive Director becomes a Fellow of the SPSP

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WANEP Executive Director – Emmanuel Habuka Bombande becomes a Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP)

At the occasion of its 5th Annual Conference held 27th to 29th June 2011 at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria the Executive Director of WANEP; Mr Emmanuel Habuka Bombande was inducted as a Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice

The SPSP is a civil society body that seeks to integrate peace scholarship and practice as a way of advancing the development of a sustainable culture of peace in Africa.

The Fellowship of SPSP is the highest award of the society and given to individuals and organisations that distinguishes themselves in the areas of peace, security and development. Earlier in 2008 WANEP was given the prestigious award of the Peace Ambassador in recognition of its tremendous efforts and achievement in the area of conflict prevention and peacebuilding in West Africa by the SPSP

Mr Bombande’s award is anchored on his contributions in the field of peacebuilding and human security especially as the co-founder and current Executive Director of WANEP with Peacebuilding learning and practice experience spanning close to 2 decades
In his acceptance speech on behalf of the awardees, Mr Bombande appreciated the gesture of SPSP and informed the over 100 audience that the award should be regarded as a further call to the daunting tasks ahead of all peacebuilding practitioners and pledged the willingness of WANEP to continue to collaborate with organisations and societies like SPSP in addressing issues of peace and security in Africa
 

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WANEP WORKS WITH CRITICAL STAKEHOLDERS ON THE PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF ELECTORAL VIOLENCE TOWARDS THE 2011 LIBERIAN REFERENDUM AND GENERAL ELECTIONS

FROM 13TH TO 14TH OF JULY 2011

Following the Liberia report of the West Africa Conflict Assessment (WACA) organized in September, 2010 by The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) under the aegis of the Early Warning and Response Design Support (EWARDS) project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) which flagged the 2011 elections in Liberia as a potentially decisive moment that could either consolidate or undermine its fragile peace, WANEP organized a 2 day National Consultative Meeting of critical stakeholders involved in the electoral process to identify potential threats and challenges towards the organization of a credible and peaceful elections.
Stakeholders at the conference were drawn from the civil society organizations, major political parties, the Liberian government including the members of parliament and security agencies, development partners, the youths and women groups etc.

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Report of Consultative Meeting of Experts on Practice Guide

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REPORT ON CONSULTATIVE MEETING OF EXPERTS ON DEVELOPMENT OF A PRACTICE GUIDE FOR RESPONDING TO ELECTORAL DISPUTES IN WEST AFRICA

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