AfDB at the Service of Peace in West Africa
The Support to ECOWAS for Peace and Development Project will help strengthen the institutional capacities of ECOWAS and civil society in countries affected by conflict and to achieve better coordination, management and implementation of conflict prevention measures in the context of good governance.
The project will help minimise the risks of conflict in the sub-region and promote economic recovery in areas that are already experiencing conflict. Among other outputs, the project will help to implement the protocols on conflict prevention in the West African sub-region. It will sensitise and educate within this context 23 million citizens of ECOWAS to embrace a culture of peace, democracy, and human rights. It will also supervise some 2 million persons directly affected by conflicts as well as the 700,000 refugees and displaced persons who need social reintegration. It will enhance the professional capacities of 208,750 education officers and experts in peace-education strategies, provide adult literacy for at least 2.000 women, with emphasis on peaceful crisis resolution and the elementary principles of entrepreneurship. The project will also improve the youths’spirit of voluntary service aimed at the promotion of peace and offer them about 135 fixed-term job contracts in the area of development. Lastly, right from the very first years of project implementation, it will facilitate the socio-economic reintegration of members of about 6,600 associations and NGOs of some of the most vulnerable people in the conflict-affected countries.
Over the last two decades, West Africa has been particularly hit by civil wars, trans-border conflicts, mutinies and coups d’Etat. Ten of the fifteen member countries of ECOWAS, with a population of 235.4 million, are among the twenty poorest nations on earth.
Project Information Sheet
- Location: Member countries of ECOWAS (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo)
- Sources of financing: ADF & ECOWAS
- Estimated starting date and duration: January 2005, for 6 years
- Executing Agency: Project Technical Implementation Unit Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Political Affairs, Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution and Peacekeeping, ECOWAS, 60, Yakubu Gowon Crescent, Asokoro District P.M.B. 401, Abuja, NIGERIA, Tel: +234 9 3147427, Fax: +234 9 3143005