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West Africa drug policy training toolkit: Facilitation guide

The West Africa drug policy training toolkit has been developed by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) to build the capacity of civil society organisations in the region and to help them engage with, and influence, drug policy making processes.

WACSI Op­Ed   Vol./01/06/08: ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF): A new approach to an old challenge

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has recently completed a lengthy process of developing a regional conflict prevention framework to guide the conceptualisation, implementation and evaluation of conflict prevention initiatives in the Commission and Member States. This framework signifies the actualisation that preventing conflicts is an integral foundation for regional integration and development.  

Training Toolkit on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP)

To be considered development-relevant, a policy intervention such as the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP or R2P) doctrine must be able to answer the following questions:
- What is the policy all about?
- When is the intervention necessary?
- Why does it merit any attention?
- What changes are expected from the intervention?
- Who benefits from such changes at the end of it all?

LE LEADERSHIP D’INFLUENCE: Manuel pour les Femmes Africaines Maximiser le potentiel managérial des Femmes Africaines

Le leadership est un processus par lequel une personne influence lesautres pour réaliser un objectif et dirige l’organisation de manière à larendre plus cohésive et cohérente.

INFLUENTIAL LEADERSHIP: Handbook for African Women

Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organisation in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent.


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.

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