West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)

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West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)
P. O. Box CT 4434
Accra, Ghana

Tel: +233-21-221318/88
Fax: +233-21-221735

Email: wanep@wanep.org
Website: http://www.wanep.org

Emmanuel H. Bombande, Executive Director, ebombande@wanep.org
Takwa Suifon, Program Director, stakwa@wanep.org

Description

WANEP was established in 1998, to promote a culture of peace, strengthen the capacity of peace building practitioners and institutions, develop conflict prevention networks and mechanisms, and advocate for just socio-politico-economic structures. Specifically, WANEP seeks to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of peace-building organizations and practitioners in West Africa to engage actively in the peaceful transformation of violent conflicts;
  • Increase awareness on the use of non-violent strategies in response to conflicts in West Africa;
  • Develop a conflict prevention network in West Africa to monitor, report and offer indigenous perspectives and understanding of conflicts in West Africa;
  • Harmonize peace-building activities in West Africa through networking and coordination of WANEP members;
  • Build the capacity of West African women to participate in peace-building processes at all levels; and
  • Build a cooperative platform for human rights and peace-building organizations to dialogue and promote a culture of peace, justice and reconciliation in West Africa.

Track Record

In less than a decade, WANEP has established itself as the largest peace-building network in West Africa, with 12 national offices in 12 countries, focal points in 3 countries covering all the 15 ECOWAS states, and a membership of more than 400 organizations in West and Central Africa.

WANEP has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ECOWAS as a civil society partner in the implementation of ECOWARN, the ECOWAS Early Warning System (see separate profile on ECOWAS). It has established a liaison office in the ECOWAS secretariat, holds sub-regional consultations to build stronger linkages between ECOWAS and civil society, bolsters the 4 ECOWAS zonal early warning observation hubs, and submits regular policy briefs to the secretariat. It holds Special Consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). WANEP has also established expertise and knowledge in various peace-building themes including Early Warning and Conflict Prevention, Women in Peacebuilding, The West Africa Training Institute (WATI), Peacebuilding Impact Assessment and Evaluation, Natural Resources Conflict Management and Third Party Mediation and Intermediary Roles. WANEP has also successfully mediated in intra-communal conflicts in two regions in Ghana.

Challenges

WANEP faces two main challenges. The first relates to the retention of staff. Member of staff that have developed expertise while working at WANEP are often sought by other organizations, and ensuring staff longevity through competitive remuneration remains a challenge. Secondly, WANEP continues to experience difficulties in securing program funding, as well as funding to build and ensure sustainable institutional capacity. WANEP’s current annual budget is US$1.2 million. Its main funders include USAID, CORDAID, NOVIB, DFID and OXFAM GB.

Opportunities

Private foundations could help by investing funding and technical expertise to build WANEP’s institutional capacity in such a way as to ensure its future sustainability. Consideration should also be given to bolstering WANEP’s ability to deliver programming consistently across the board.

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