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About Our Programs

WANEP adopts a two-pronged approach in programming: a national approach led by the national secretariat and a regional approach coordinatedfrom the regional secretariat. At national level, the national networks assume responsibility and ownership of their programme with technical support from the regional secretariat. WANEP principles emphasize ownership of peacebuilding practice. Given that the national networks understand their situation and realities , they are in a better position to engage their communities and government and intervene effectively. Our national networks facilitate a more bottom-up approach and allow their intervention to reflect the peculiarities of the issues of human security in their various countries. 


West Africa Early Warning and Early Response Network (WARN)

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WARN is an integral of WANEP’s overall conflict prevention mechanism. It works to enhance human security in West Africa by monitoring and reporting socio-political situations that could degenerate into violent and destructive conflicts. WARN informs policy makers on options for response on one hand and WANEP’s response strategies on the other hand. The WARN programme of WANEP is the forerunner of the ECOWARN. WANEP is developing a National Early Warning System (NEWS) in all of its national networks to further strengthen ECOWARN by providing a more robust and grassroots information into the system. The programme (NEWS) is setting up community-based conflict monitoring systems with local monitors to produce conflict and peace assessment reports, early warning reports, and policy briefs which are widely disseminated to CSOs, governments, intergovernmental bodies, partners, and UN agencies.

West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI)

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Launched in 2002, WAPI seeks to increase the knowledge base in West Africa by contributing to research and enhancing the skills and expertise of individuals, organizations and businesses in the area of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. WAPI strives to overcome the gap in practice, knowledge and skills in peacebuilding in the sub region and increase the number of competent, active peacebuilding practitioners in West Africa, thus, increasing the possibilities of achieving reconciled, just and stable societies in the sub-region.