In fulfilment of its obligation as the Civil Society Partner to ECOWAS in the implementation and operationalization of the ECOWAS Early Warning Mechanism (ECOWARN), the WANEP and ECOWAS Analysts met in Accra, Ghana on the 6th of July 2012. The one-day meeting was dedicated to reviewing the peace and security situation in the sub-region and brainstorming on the roles of WANEP and ECOWAS in responding to the situation. The responses suggested/proffered included among others, WANEP/ECOWAS traditional roles of developing policy briefs in order to inform policy makers of available response options and other practical preventive measures that can be undertaken by both institutions in order to prevent and or mitigate the issues identified.
The preceding meeting was held in Abuja, Nigeria in February 2012 and was very insightful and fruitful and analysts from the two institutions agreed that the interactions be sustained on quarterly and rotational basis.
WANEP’s commitment to ECOWAS under the Memorandum of Understanding with the Early Warning Directorate (EWD) is not only to provide data on ECOWARN but also to support the Analysis Division in providing policy-relevant analysis of conflict trends in the sub region.
At the end of the meeting in Accra, Guinea Conakry , Guinea Bissau and Nigeria were identified as countries in the s ub region where special attention should be paid regarding the unfolding destabilising peace and security trends. Similarly, Ghana, Benin and Togo were also mentioned in view of the upcoming elections and political developments respectively.
In the meeting were the Directors of WANEP, the Acting Director of EWD, the ECOWAS Head of Zonal Bureau for Zone I, and WANEP Zonal Coordinator for Zone IV, EWD Analysts and WANEP Analysts from the regional secretariat and national networks of Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Ghana.
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