Economic Community of West African States
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is facing a myriad of security and economic issues that threaten to shake the region’s relative stability and economic progress. The challenges range from terrorism and violent extremism, to piracy, political instability, elections-related violence, drug trafficking or deadly viruses. These, as well as other security and violence-related issues are hardly limited to one country alone, but tend to lead to the spillover of instability across the region. Security in the sub-region thus remains tenuous, peace fragile, and economic progress stalled.
It is for these reasons that an effective and efficient early warning and response system that would provide information on the prevention, mitigation and subsequent response to crises is urgent in ECOWAS. A fully functioning early warning and response system would additionally help prevent the recurrence and relapse into conflict.
What we do
The Early Warning and Response Partnership (EWARP) supports information sharing, conflict prevention and crisis management among West Africn States. Through EWARP, ITF is working to develop a full spectrum of early warning capacity for ECOWAS and its memeber states so they can proactively identify emerging crises and improve their response mechanisms once a crisis begins.
The 2-year project aims to enhance capacities of ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate (EWD) and ECOWAS member states by strengthening EWD with additional staffing and their training, supporting Liaison Officers of ECOWAS Representation Offices in member states, enhancing EWD's Geospatial and Geographic Information System (GIS), improving the effectiveness of Early Warning and Response Processes at the Regional and National Level, and the establishment of 5 member states national centers for the coordination of Early Warning and Response Mechanism.
The proposed activities shall contribute to stabilization of the delicate political, security and socio-economic landscape of ECOWAS region.