- Members of the High Table as WAPI 2015 ends.
- WAPI 2015 ends with closing remarks from Executive Director of WANEP, Mr. Chukwuemeka Eze
- Maj Gen OB Akwa, Commandant-KAIPTC delivering his closing statement at the end of WAPI 2015
- Daud Yellewa, WAPI participant giving the vote of thanks on behalf of the participants
- Peter Lasen, representing Danish Embassy in Ethiopia
- Mr Francis Acquah-Aikins, WAPI coordinator addressing participants as WAPI 2015 closes.
13th WAPI Session Opens In Accra
The 13th session of the West Africa Peacebuilding Institute, WAPI which holds from March 2nd to 26th, 2015 has commenced with over 50 participants across West Africa and beyond including South Sudan and Zimbabwe as well as participants from the ECOWAS Commission and the African Union. WAPI is one of the flagship programs of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, WANEP and is run in partnership with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).
The Commandant of KAIPTC, Major General O.B. Akwa in declaring the session opened underscored the relevance of the program stating that the 2015 session has been structured to respond adequately to the current and future challenges of peacebuilding in Africa. Major Akwa highlighted the partnership between KAIPTC and WANEP, which led to the signing of a MOU in December 2010 and a renewal in March 2015 to promote closer collaboration in the pursuit of peace and stability in West Africa adding, “I am convinced that WAPI 2015 will be a great success and achieve the much-desired impact.”
In his welcome address, Mr. Chukwuemeka Eze, Executive Director of WANEP highlighted that WAPI provides a platform for the cross fertilization of ideas across the globe, in support of a paradigm shift in managing regional conflicts through local capacities, bearing on collective responsibility. WAPI, he added offers an interactive forum for participants to share, explore and discuss concepts and issues related to peace and security including program designs and implementation process. Mr. Eze appreciated the leadership of KAIPTC for the enormous support given to him since his assumption to office as the Executive Director as well as for the mutually benefiting partnership anchored on an MOU. Specifically, he recognized and appreciated the governments of Sweden, Denmark and Austria for supporting WANEP in its capacity building efforts that supports the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Agenda and in turn reinforces the AU Peace and Security Architecture.
WAPI is designed to provide specialized, intensive, and cultural sensitive training in conflict transformation and peacebuilding to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and relevant actors from West Africa and beyond through its wide range of courses. The course content includes Concepts and Praxis of Peacebuilding; Dialogue and Mediation; Natural Resource Governance Conflict Management, Early Warning and Early Response, Gender and Peacebuilding among others.
The 13th session of WAPI was scheduled for September 2014 but had to be rescheduled to March 2 to 26, 2015 due to security concerns occasioned by the Ebola virus outbreak. In the past 13 years, WAPI has trained over 500 practitioners and provided the space and platform for the actualization of WANEP’s vision for the prevention and resolution of conflicts in Africa.