Peace Initiative in West Africa

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Peace Initiative in West Africa

The West African Peace Initiative is a multi-faceted project organized and implemented by WARA/WARC in the interest of promoting research and dialogue on peace building and conflict resolution in the region.  The project has three major branches: a fellowship program, regional conferences, and a journalism institute. The West African Peace Initiative was a project funded through the US State Department.

Peace Making in West Africa – regional conferences.
WAPI.pngThis series of three regional conferences provides a forum for West African scholars, policymakers, and members of civil society to explore issues of peace and conflict and the forces that lie behind them. The first conference, Peace Making in West Africa: Historical Methods and Modern Applications, took place in Dakar in December 2009. Video of all presentations can be accessed at the project website, www.westafricapeace.org.   The second conference, Peace Making in West Africa: Faith Communities and Their Role in Conflict was held in Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 12 – 15, 2010. The third and final conference, Peace Making in West Africa: The Role of Media, took place in December 2011 in Praia, Cape Verde.

Peace Fellowship Program
As an integral part of The West African Peace Initiative, the Peace Fellowship consists of support for original research or creative work relevant to peace building and conflict resolution in West Africa. The organization selected twelve West African artists and scholars whose research was presented at the third and final round of conference of the West African Peace Initiative held in December 2011, in the city of Praia, Cape Verde.

Journalism Institute
The West African Peace Initiative Journalism Institute, headed up by Professor Eugenie Rokhaya Aw, hosted journalists from the region who were working in conflict zones. The first ten-week session, which included journalists from Niger, Benin, Togo, and Guinea Conakry, ended in July. The second session began in October and hosted journalists from Guinea Conakry, Mauritania, Ivory Coast, and Senegal.

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