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The West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI) is a practice-basedhighly interactive and intensive training program organized by the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) towards the fulfilment of its vision of a stable and peaceful Africa.WAPI offers various courses aimed at addressing contemporary and emerging peace and security challenges.


WAPI was established in 2002 to provide specialized, intensive, and culturally sensitive training in conflict transformation and peacebuilding to a varied array of critical stakeholders in the field of peace and security from West Africa and worldwide. Since its establishment, WAPI has trained over 700 practitioners in Peacebuilding Paradigms; Natural Resource Governance and Conflict Management; Human Security and Development; Dialogue and Mediation; Youth and Peace Education; Gender and Peacebuilding, Early warning and Early response among others.



The aim of WAPI is to enhance knowledge and expertise on peacebuilding and conflict prevention to contribute to effective transformation of conflicts and mitigating the impact of contemporary and emerging peace and security threats.

The specific objectives are:

  • To develop action-oriented capacity for conflict transformation and peacebuilding
  • To increase the number of competent, informed and active peacebuilding practitioners in West Africa and worldwide
  • To provide quality training in peacebuilding at a reduced cost
  • To develop context specific and indigenous models of conflict transformation and peacebuilding that can be integrated with existing models
  • To bridge the gap between policy and practice in peacebuilding



WAPI targets individuals from CSOs, Academia, governmental agencies, Security sector, Inter-Governmental Organizations (IG0s) such as ECOWAS, African Union and the United Nations, private practitioners, students (tertiary) and corporate organizations


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