Economic Community of West African States
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a 15-member regional organization, established in 1975, with a mandate of promoting economic integration and shared development of West African sub-region (the member states include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Tongo). 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. As security in the sub-region remains tenuous and peace fragile, economic progress came to a halt.
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 African 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.
As part of its activities, ITF is also engaged in process improvement and consolidation of M&E framework of EWD and process design in 15 ECOWAS National Centers for the Coordination of Early Warning and Response Mechanism (NCCRM) aiming at increasing effectiveness and cost efficiency of ECOWAS. In accordance with the Grant project planning, ITF is following the aim of establishing and launching NCCRMs in first (5) five pilot states, namely Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Mali with Guinea Bissau. In the phase two (2) of the project, ITF will support the establishment and capacity building in the remaining ten (10) ECOWAS member states, also through increased cooperation with wider donor/partner community for successful implementation of Early Warning and Response System in West Africa.The proposed activities shall contribute to stabilization of the delicate political, security and socio-economic landscape of ECOWAS region.