West Africa Center for Peace Studies
We focus on peace and conflict transformation, governance, diplomacy, development assistance, humanitarian aid, gender and human rights, security and strategic studies. Work is also progressing on West and East African studies, transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction.
Peace Building and conflict transformation
Gender, Human rights and Migration
Security and Strategic studies
Governance and Africa Diplomacy
2004 – TO DATE
West Africa Center for Peace Studies (WACPS) an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research and advocacy-based and policy focused organization, based in Accra, Ghana, was founded in 2004 by Africans from diverse professional backgrounds dedicated to the promotion of democracy, good governance, peace and development in West and East Africa. The centre provides research, training and advocacy support in its aim to enhance peace and human development initiatives at all levels in the region in particular and Africa as a whole.
The Center has engaged in activities that helped shape and influence policy formulation in governance, peace and security, human rights in the region. We are committed to ensuring that the learning acquired through our programmes is used to inform and strengthen policy and practice that will promote peace and development.
We provide training and capacity building on specific topics for a wide variety of local and international organisations, including NGOs, governments, international development and donor agencies and businesses.
Some of this training is through targeted workshops and seminars but we also produce a range of training materials and resource packs.
The Center also organizes training for senior government officials, policy makers and civil society activists. The Center also conducts high quality research on matters related to peace, security, human rights and governance.
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The Center’s main goal is to help build lasting peace and justice in West, Central and East Africa, in particular, Africa in general.
We pursue our mission via:
Researching and producing publications on issues relating to human rights, peace and security, good governance and development in Africa in order to improve practice and policy
Supporting groups working at local, national and international levels to develop effective solutions to social, economic and political problems related to violent conflicts
Providing training for key public and civic institutions of working for peace, security and democratic governance in the region
Promoting peace-building and democratic conflict management in the African region.
Providing opportunities for inclusive dialogue and improved relationships within conflict affected communities at all social and political levels
Engaging and influencing governments and other decision makers to employ conflict transformation policies that promote alternatives to violence
Challenging stereotypes and raise awareness of human rights, conflict and peace issues in African countries
The center has designed and encouraged national, regional and international conferences, round table debates and symposia in support of various subjects in the broader area of the center’s thematic interest.
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The main themes that we focus on are peace and conflict transformation, governance and diplomacy in Africa, development assistance and humanitarian aid, gender and human rights, security and strategic studies, but work is progressing on issues relating to West and East African studies and transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction.