West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP-Liberia) GPPAC member
The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) is a regional non-profit organization with the mandate to enable and facilitate the development of mechanisms for cooperation among civil society based peacebuilding practitioners and organizations in West Africa. That is, by promoting cooperative responses to violent conflicts; providing the structure through which these experiences and information on issues of peacebuilding, conflict prevention and transformation, social, religious and political reconciliation; and promoting West Africa’s social and cultural values as resources for peacebuilding. WANEP is currently active in all the 15 member countries of ECOWAS.
Given this background, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding Liberia (WANEP-Liberia), like many other similar national networks in the sub-region was created with the goal of capacity building in conflict prevention, advocacy, peacebuilding and good governance in order to create an enabling environment, through sustainable peace as a prerequisite, for growth and development.
WANEP-Liberia is a logical response to the complex web of conflicts (including the bloodiest civil war in the sub-region) that have permeated and continue to challenge the national fabric and existence of Liberia. Violent conflicts, manifesting as ethnic, resources based, political and communal, became constant feature because of exacerbating structural dysfunctional ties inherent in the Liberian system. The casualty of the civil war and other pockets of armed conflicts are alarming – over 200 thousand Liberians have lost their lives, several hundred thousand displaced and properties worth billions of dollars destroyed. This is a major challenge to a traumatized society; yet to recover from protracted civil war occasioned by armed rebellion and the attendant human rights abuses, political victimization and marginalization.
The Human Development Index (HDI) and the economic fortunes have continued to complicate issues with the nation confronted with the problems of unemployment, poverty and injustice. Consequently, ethnic intolerance, political victimization and militia groups have increased. This has become a threat to the country’s nascent democracy. Challenging political leadership has further compromised the enabling environment for structural development, social change and collaborative nation-building with organized civil society – a challenge that creates schisms that are tangential to peaceful coexistence. It is this yearning gap, requiring preventive peacebuilding through collaboration and synergy that WANEP-Liberia seeks to bridge.
A Liberia characterized by just and peaceful coexistence among communities where the dignity of the human person is paramount and where the people can meet their basic human needs and decide their own direction.
To enable and facilitate the development of mechanisms for cooperation among civil society based peacebuilding practitioners and organizations in Liberia by providing cooperative responses to violent conflicts; providing structure through which these practitioners and institutions can regularly share experiences and information on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, social, ethno-religious and political reconciliation and tolerance; and promoting cultural values as resources for peacebuilding.
To build a sustainable peaceful coexistence amongst all the various sectors and groups of the Liberian community; thereby creating an enabling environment for national growth and development.
Type of Organisation
- Non governmental organization (NGO)
Areas of Interest
- Climate Change & Conflict
- Community Peacebuilding
- Conflict Analysis
- Capacity Building / Training
- Lobby & Advocacy
- Project Implementation