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WAPI ends training for Analysts, NEWS Managers

September 14, 2016 By Abu-bakarr Sheriff

The West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI) last Friday brought the curtain down on a weeklong training on ‘Analytical Skills in Human Security and Contemporary Conflicts’ at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana.

The specialised training targeted National Analysts, National Early Warning System (NEWS) Managers Of WANEP – West Africa Network for Peacebuilding – and staff at the ECOWAS Analysis Division, Observation and Monitoring Centre, in the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security.

WANEP, in partnership with the KAIPTC and the ECOWAS Commission, organised the 5-day Regional Training, which commenced on 5 September.

According to the organisers, the training “aims to enhance the capacities of ECOWAS Analysts, WANEP National Early Warning System (NEWS) Managers, Zonal Coordinators and in-country analysts for the development of policy documents on contemporary peace and security threats confronting the region. Key subject experts will facilitate the training and provide follow up mentorship on thematic areas of security threats in the region, which include violent Extremism, Gender Based Violence, Natural Resource Governance, Political Transitions, Maritime Security and Herders Conflict. These experts will mentor the in-country analysts in producing a policy document in prioritized issue that affects each country within the region.”

Accordingly, participants from the fifteen ECOWAS countries were grouped into the following thematic focus groups: Cape Verde and Liberia – Gender Based Violence; Guinea and Senegal – Natural Resource Governance; Guinea Bissau, Gambia and Sierra Leone – Political Transitions; Mali and Niger – Violent Extremism; Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria – Herders Conflict; and Benin, Ghana and Togo – Maritime Security.

Dr. Philip Attuquayefio, Senior Research Fellow at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy, underscored that the concept of human security was “people based” and should ensure the “vital core” of peoples survival, freedom from want, fear and dignity. He said the concept, which assures protection and empowerment to the citizenry, should be “multi-sectoral, comprehensive, context specific and prevention oriented.”

Professor Kwesi Aning, while facilitating a session on “Contemporary Peace and Security Threats”, noted that “when the institutional basis of the state is riddled with ineffectiveness, corruption thrives,” adding that most African countries are “vampire states – who suck our resources but do not provide us basic amenities.”

Other facilitators include Professor Oumar Ndongo, who taught Gender Based Violence in West Africa, and Natural Resource Governance; Dr. Nathanial Danjibo led discussions on Violent Extremism in West Africa, and Herders Conflict; while modules in Normative Frameworks for Peace and Security, and Conflict Analysis were taught by Onyinye Onwuka and Chukwuemeka B. Eze respectively. Also, Ms. Joana Osei Tutu facilitated a module in Maritime Security in West Africa.

Meanwhile, Ms. Lavinia Addae-Mensah, Head of Programmes at WANEP regional office in Ghana, presented participants with certificates, on behalf of Commandant of KAIPTC, Air Vice Marshal Griffoths Santrofi-Evans, and Executive Director of WANAP, Mr. Chukwuemeka B. Eze.

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