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