The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) is the leading regional Civil Society Organisation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding conceived in 1996, and officially launched in 1998 in response to the civil wars, instabilities and humanitarian crises that plagued West Africa in the 1990s.
WANEP is a think tank, training and research-based advocacy organisation with the undergirding principle of collaborative approach to peacebuilding. Instead of adopting an activist approach, WANEP functions as a professional partner of State, interstate and international actors to develop, implement and evaluate peacebuilding and conflict prevention approaches and instruments.
The organisation has succeeded in establishing strong National Networks in every Member State of ECOWAS, with over 700 member organisations working in peace and security across West Africa. WANEP has credibility and a wide recognition both internationally and locally due to its outstanding work in the areas of peacebuilding and conflict prevention in the ECOWAS region. It is a key player in major global peacebuilding efforts.
Their activities focus on a wide range of issues, including : early warning and response activities; youth, peace and security; gender, peace and security; dialogue and mediation; infrastructure for peace; elections management; peacebuilding programme design, monitoring and evaluation; countering violent extremism; media, peace and security.