What we do
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. Each project operates at multiple levels, from accompaniment of grassroots organisations in regions affected by conflict through to national and international policy formulation.
Peace building and Conflict Transformation Programme
In a region wracked by civil wars and conflict, peace building has become a pivotal issue in the pursuit of democracy.
Gender, Human Rights and Migration Programme
Gender means the roles, relationships, experiences and expectations of men, women, boys and girls that are constructed by society on the basis of their sex.
Security and Strategic Studies Programme
In view of the special role the military has played in politics and the changing political environment in the region
Governance and Africa Diplomacy Programme
The primary goal of this component of center’s work is to coordinate a research, training and advocacy programme in governance
West and East African Studies
The primary goal of this component of center’s work is to coordinate a research, training and advocacy programme in methods and mechanism of creating peace
International Law and Transitional Justice Programme
Post-conflict transitional societies are confronted with difficult legacies of human rights abuses.
Development, Social Work and Rural Studies Programme
The relationship between political, economic and social development and conflict is complex.
How we work
WACPS works in partnership with a variety of institutions and organizations – locally and internationally. These organizations include community groups and civil society organizations in West and East Africa, peace and conflict-oriented NGOs and research institutions in Africa and internationally, and academic institutions around the world.
Encouraging collaboration between decision-makers and civil society from conflict zones to dialogue
to ensure grassroots perspectives are fed into decision-making, and decisions are effectively communicated to those who are impacted by them.
Conducting research with partners
in conflict zones to develop understanding and analysis of local contexts, issues, needs and good practice, and linking them with global-level research in order to deepen analysis and thinking on more effective responses to conflict situations.
Accompaniment and capacity building
practical training, advice and support for civil society (local and international NGOs, journalists, academics) and businesses and individuals in conflict zones to help them contribute to the development of a global culture of peace and human security.
Engaging with policy makers and making specific recommendations
to them at national and international levels in order to make their policies and practices more conflict-sensitive using action research to link policy to practice and provide high-quality critical analysis of new ideas, policies and practice.
Providing specialist technical support, advice and training
to development agencies, governments and businesses on how to implement projects in a conflict-sensitive way and contribute to building lasting peace.
Advocating for more appropriate and strategic approaches
to peace building by outside parties in conflict areas at the international policy level