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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society



The West African sub-region has endured over two decades of civil wars andother violent intrastate conflicts that have resulted in the deaths, injuries and displacements of thousands of West Africans and contributed to the stagnation of the sub-region’s development. Though the sub-region is recovering from these unfortunate experiences, the root causes of conflicts such as colonial legacies, poverty, and marginalisation of groups, ethnic tensions, corruption and poor governance persist in all countries and in varying degrees.

In its efforts to ensure long term peace, stability and development in West Africa, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) adopted the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) to tackle both the structural and proximate causes of conflicts in the sub-region. In providing a comprehensive operational strategy for conflict prevention and peace-building, the ECPF recognised civil society as a sector which can make a substantial contribution towards transforming conflicts in West Africa.

Conflict Prevention Resource Pack for Civil Society Actors In West Africa

Resource Centre

The Institute has a resource centre that is open to civil society actors in the region. It serves as a library of civil society documents, research reports and edited volumes that are accessible to both individuals and organisations. The Institute has partnered the Foundation Centre to provide online learning resources and a database of grant giving institutions in the United States of America.

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