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Quarterly Highlights: January - March, 2011

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Highlights of Peace and Security in West Africa

The first quarter of 2011 saw the organization of three relatively peaceful elections in Benin, Niger and Cape Verde (legislative), while the security and humanitarian situation in Cote d’Ivoire kept degenerating due to the post-electoral crisis following the 28 November, 2010 run-off.

Democratic transitions are increasing the risk for political instability in many countries in West Africa. In 2011, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Liberia and Gambia will organize their presidential elections.

In Cote d’Ivoire, the post-elections crisis almost plunged the country into a civil war. Various diplomatic efforts at the level of ECOWAS and the AU and the International Community as well as CSOs, to talk President Gbagbo into stepping down for the internationally-recognized winner of the presidential elections, Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, failed giving grounds for the use of force to end the stalemate. . . . .

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Annual Report 2010

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Our Annual Report of 2010 is published in English and French.

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English [93.5MB]

French [92.2MB]


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Overview of the Security Situation in West Africa
In Zone One (Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal), the general political and security situation during the quarter could be described as somewhat tense. Apart from Cape Verde, the remaining three countries experienced some incidents that posed challenges to the political and security order. Guinea Bissau, yet again, came close to another military take-over. On 1 April, troops under the command of the then-Deputy Chief of General Staff, Major General António Indjai, took control of the armed forces’ headquarters, detaining the Chief of General Staff, Vice Admiral José Zamora Induta, and briefly holding Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior. Military personnel later stormed the UN office in Bissau in search of Rear Admiral Bubo Na Tchto, who was seeking refuge in the premises. Rear Admiral Bubo Na Tchto left the UN building after signing a statement that he was leaving on his own accord.

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Annual Report 2009

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Our Annual Report of 2009 is published in English and French.

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The highlights of WANEP program activities published quarterly provide a glimpse into WANEP Peacebuilding Practice. The Institutional structure of the organization as a network allows scope across the entire West Africa sub-region. There is uniqueness however in how Civil Society Organizations in the WANEP Network are increasing expertise and mobilizing collective efforts for building peace from the bottom up. More and more, local communities are key stakeholders in peacebuilding. They are making decisions that directly affect them and how they live in community and co-exist with one another peacefully regardless of ethnic, religious or political difference. The WANEP network throughout the sub-region and through well designed programs is accompanying communities in their own analysis of conflicts. Such peacebuilding which is rooted in people afflicted by conflict is empowering. New narratives are written and shared. The baggage of colonial rule is shed as people seek reconciliation within an old narrative of the historical legacies that divided people. There are other antecedents in the building of West Africa new nation states that made some groups to have dominion over others. In some cases, misrule and bad governance exacerbated conflicts. There is another component of the international structures of social injustice such as in fair trade that is weighing heavily on Africa. Africa through its international partnerships especially in the framework of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC) is also working and advocating for prevention rather than reaction so that conflicts are mitigated timely. Such efforts at promoting global justice are complimenting peacebuilding efforts on the ground. We now present you with a window of WANEP’s work in the last two quarters.

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