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WANEP Ghana  with sponsorship from UNICEF has facilitated a peacebuilding/human security training for two districts of the Northern Region. The two districts are the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly and the Yendi Municipal Assembly. 

The training forms part of the Human Security programme of the UN for Northern Ghana which was launched in 2009 by His Excellency, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana in Tamale. It aims at reducing violence, the negative effects of violent conflicts, building local capacity among members of the assemblies for peace and drawing up strategies which would ensure that peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts are mainstreamed into the Medium Term development plans of four assemblies in the Northern, Upper East and West regions.

The programme also aims at consolidating past and existing efforts of peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts by both civil society and state actors. The purpose of the two day training for each assembly was to allow for the communities within the districts to come up with their own strategies and interventions on peace building/conflict resolution and human security initiatives that would be mainstreamed into the medium term development plans of the District Assemblies. It was also to allow communities to develop their Community Action Plans (CAPs) to enhance human security.

Activities during the workshops included presentations on issues of Human Security, concepts of conflict, the constitutes of violence and how to respond and early warning signals of conflict and what to do with such information. Participants also undertook group discussions and developed Community Action Plan (CAP) for their communities.

The training in Yendi was attended by over 70 participants including assembly members, chiefs, community members from five communities namely Guntingli, Balogu, Kumfong, Nayilifon and Zohe whiles that of Tamale was attended by over 73 participants from decentralized departments of the Metropolitan Assembly and from five communities namely Changli, Nyohini, Lamashegu, Aboabo and Choggu.

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WANEP-GHANA is a Network of civil society peacebuilding actors in Ghana. Its categories of membership include individual, organizational and affiliate institutions interested in the Human Security of Ghanaians and people resident in Ghana. Membership is put into three categories:

1. Full membership:
Full membership is opened to any national or locally-based organization(s) already in peacebuilding either at thematic or general programming level.

The Conditions for full membership are encompassing and include among others the following:

  • Member Organizations must be actively engaged in peacebuilding activities and designate a representative to attend the programs of WANEP-GHANA.
  • They must be duly registered, office-based, well staffed and are neutral in politics, religion, ideology and ethnicity and above all not -profit making.
  • They should uphold the principle and objectives of West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, Ghana (WANEP-GHANA) as well as eschew violence.

2. Affiliated membership:
Any International and National Non-Governmental Organization(s) with a long-term development commitment to the people of Ghana and ready to uphold the principle and objectives of WANEP-GHANA may become an affiliated member.

3. Individual Membership.
An individual of any nationality resident in Ghana may become a member of WANEP-GHANA if he/she is an active Peacebuilder, a human rights activist, a development or humanitarian practitioner, believe in active non-violence, promote the activities of WANEP-GHANA, willing to accept an observer status and not engaged in partisan politics in Ghana.