Strengthening the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework through National Architectures for Early Warning and Early Response in West Africa
The project is an integral part of the Strategic Plan of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) which seeks to enhance the capacity of civil society and relevant state institutions for the promotion of human security, conflict prevention and peacebuilding in West Africa. As official civil society partner of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), WANEP provides support to ECOWAS Early Warning Mechanism (ECOWARN). The overall objective of the project is to strengthen and operationalize the WANEP National Early Warning System (NEWS) through a community based early warning and early response tactic for ECOWAS states and ensure the collaboration of state and non-state actors to jointly monitor, analyse and intervene in conflicts.
The project proposal involves a range of measures to reduce the risk of conflict by strengthening national and regional capacities for conflict prevention through a well-structured early warning and response regime informed and complimented by ECOWARN. The project will provide support to the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) and African Peace and Security Architecture. The Austrian Development Cooperation supports this project in a joint approach with Denmark and Sweden.
Activities include training of 60 conflict analysts, 225 teachers on Peace Education/Peer Mediation, Dialogue and Mediation training for 20 women leaders, 15 Election Management Bodies, 45 staff from ECOWAS Commission, Security Institutions and CSOs, a baseline survey of current conflict dynamics and capacity gap in 4 countries, produce 1,500 incident reports, 30,000 situation reports, 10 policy briefs and 15 WARN bulletins per year, support the development and implementation of National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325 in 6 countries, monitor, mitigate Electoral Violence in 6 countries, develop 2 Gender Analysis tools and provide institutional support to 15 National Networks per year.