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June 2011: Validation of Draft Practice Guide

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Under the aegis of the Early Warning and Response Design Support (EWARDS) project funded by USAID and managed by ARD Tetra Tech and with additional support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) WANEP held a Validation Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria on 6-7 June, 2011 to provide a forum for experts and practitioners involved in issues of elections and election disputes to consider a draft Practice Guide which is being developed in response to electoral disputes in West Africa.

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June 2011: Dialogue Process continues in Jos

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WANEP in collaboration with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) and the Centre for Peace Advancement in Nigeria continued to facilitate the process of reconciliation in Jos Plateau Nigeria through the organisation of a second Jos dialogue session between the 9th and 10th of June 2011 The high point of the second dialogue is the formation of an Inter Community Peace Committee (representing the various communities in Jos Plateau) to follow through the recommendations and action points.

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June 2011: COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE - BURKINA FASO

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« NON A LA MUTINERIE : Ressaisissons-nous et dialoguons pour mieux répondre aux aspirations profondes du peuple. »
Le réseau Ouest Africain pour l’édification de la paix (WANEP) suit avec attention l’évolution de la situation nationale au Burkina depuis le mois de février 2011.

Le WANEP reste préoccupé par les graves évènements qui secouent le Burkina Faso depuis plus de trois mois. Tous les signaux forts sont présents et font constater de l’existence d’une crise profonde au Burkina Faso. On dénote entre autre un élève tué dans des conditions encore difficiles à élucider, des mouvements de contestations scolaires et estudiantines, militaires, des pillages de boutiques de commerçants…

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Quarterly Highlights: January - March, 2011

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Highlights of Peace and Security in West Africa

The first quarter of 2011 saw the organization of three relatively peaceful elections in Benin, Niger and Cape Verde (legislative), while the security and humanitarian situation in Cote d’Ivoire kept degenerating due to the post-electoral crisis following the 28 November, 2010 run-off.

Democratic transitions are increasing the risk for political instability in many countries in West Africa. In 2011, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Liberia and Gambia will organize their presidential elections.

In Cote d’Ivoire, the post-elections crisis almost plunged the country into a civil war. Various diplomatic efforts at the level of ECOWAS and the AU and the International Community as well as CSOs, to talk President Gbagbo into stepping down for the internationally-recognized winner of the presidential elections, Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, failed giving grounds for the use of force to end the stalemate. . . . .

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May 2011: - Make Peace Happen Football Match in Accra

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“Sport plays a critical role in peacebuilding, enabling children, women and men in broken societies to share a common language and a spirit of fair play that transcends divisions and despair that are the consequences of conflict,” Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security.

All over Africa today, Africans are celebrating the African Union Day with the theme: “Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”. Africa Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfAP) an alliance made up of WANEP, ACCORD and NPI join in the celebration to organize the Make Peace Happen Football Match in Accra, Ghana.