West Africa Center for Peace Studies (WACPS) an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research and advocacy based and policy-focused organization, registered under the laws of the United States of America (501 (C) (3) and that of Ghana with its offices based in Dumfries Virginia, USA and 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 Centre 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, 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 Centre also organizes training for senior government officials, policy makers and civil society activists. The Centre equally conducts high quality research on matters related to peace, security, human rights and governance.
The organization will design and encourage national, regional and international conferences, round table debates and symposia in support of various subjects in the broader area of its thematic interest.
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.
The Centre’s main goal is to help build lasting peace and justice in West, Central and East Africa in particular and Africa in general