Support to the implementation of the WANEP Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025 (WANEP)

Contract partner: WANEP - West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, Regional Secretariat Country: Westafrika, regional/multi-country Funding amount: € 1.500.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2021 End: 31.12.2025

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall goal of WANEP for the strategic period 2021 - 2025 is to build the capacity of citizens, civil society, citizen groups, research institutions, ECOWAS and member states, AU, and all relevant stakeholders towards ensuring: “An enhanced citizens and state capacity for sustainable peace”

To achieve this overall goal, WANEP will work with all relevant actors on governance and other structural causes of conflict towards an improved state of readiness to prevent conflict and implement peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction measures.


Expected results

The expected results and strategic objectives are:

Strategic Objective 1: To enhance the use of early warning in support of response initiatives;

Strategic Objective 2: To strengthen women´s and girls’ capacity for policy influencing and provide dialogue spaces for their meaningful contribution to addressing emerging peace and security issues;

Strategic Objective 3: To broaden the Peace Education programmes and support youth participation and voice in issues of governance, peace and security;

Strategic Objective 4: To expand community resilience, and build the capacity of institutions to perform their mandate effectively in human security;

Strategic Objective 5: To increase WANEP’s research capacity towards supporting policy advocacy, providing knowledge products for effective decision making and leveraging partnerships;

Strategic Objective 6: To strengthen WANEP’s institutional capacity and its member organisations to deliver on their mandate.

Target group / Beneficiaries

As a network organisation, WANEP and its member organisations are involved in peacebuilding and conflict prevention in every Member State of ECOWAS. Its Regional Secretariat is in Accra, Ghana, and serves as the coordinating hub for the 15 country secretariats (National Networks). This organisational set up allows the WANEP country secretariats to address the unique challenges that each Member State faces and to find local solutions for them within the broad operating framework and rules of engagement unique to WANEP. This avoids the development of one-size-fits-all solutions that may not be suitable for every Member State. Each National Network has the authority to partner with its government and state institutions, communities and national level member organisations in various programmes with technical support from the regional secretariat.

About 4.200 people will directly benefit from ADA´s support.


Main activities will be institutional and strategic capacity building, trainings; research; organizational capacity development; conflict early warning data collection, analysis and reporting; mediation and conflict prevention; gender promotion; post-conflict reconstruction programs for youth and ex-combatants; and support ECOWAS, national and sub-national partners in developping policies and action plans.


The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) is the leading regional Civil Society Organisation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. It was conceived in 1996 and officially launched in 1998 in response to the civil wars, instabilities and humanitarian crises that plagued West Africa in the 1990s. Over the past twenty-four years, WANEP has established National Networks in fourteen Member States of ECOWAS and a National Focal Point in Cape Verde. WANEP has about six hundred (600) member organisations across the region.

project number 2600-00/2021
source of funding OEZA
sector Frieden und Sicherheit
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Democracy: 2, Poverty: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.