The West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI) 2010 opens at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training, Accra
The 9th training session of the West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI), running from 30th August to 17th September 2010 has commenced at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training, Accra, Ghana. WAPI, a capacity building program in peacebuilding practice is organised annually by the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) in collaboration with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and with partial support from the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ).
Welcoming participants and invited guests and the media during the official opening ceremony, the Commandant of KAIPTC Air Vice Marshall (AVM) CEK Dovlo reflected on the challenging context of peace, stability and human security in West Africa and commended the efforts of credible civil society organisations such as WANEP for their continued and sustained efforts in contributing to conflict prevention and peacebuilding in Africa.
The Guest of Honour and keynote speaker, Minister of Interior of the Republic of Ghana, represented by his Deputy, Hon. Dr. Kwesi Apea-Kubi, formally opened the 2010 WAPI session. In an incising keynote address, the Deputy Minister acknowledged and appreciated the recent paradigm shift toward conflict prevention and transformation and the fact that the international community, regional organisations and governments have intensified their efforts through the development of multi-throng strategies to address the complex nature of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction processes. He reiterated that these efforts and initiatives have become possible through government with civil society organisation such as WANEP.
This year, five courses are being offered. A total of 30 participants from 15 countries are attending WAPI 2010. Apart from participants from West Africa, there are participants from Chad, Cameroon, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and USA. Over the years since its inception, WAPI has trained peacebuilding practitioners from all over Africa as well as Germany, Italy, USA, Australia, Palestine and India. WAPI continues to be a concrete example of a Civil Society effort in building capacities for violent conflict prevention and transformation not only in Africa but the world at large.