The Global Center, in partnership with the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), organized a regional training workshop on countering violent extremism (CVE) and early-warning mechanisms in West Africa. Participants at the workshop included regionally based early-warning monitors, WANEP representatives, and senior officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Early Warning Directorate.
The training workshop was led by the Global Center’s Naureen Chowdhury Fink and Peter Romaniuk, who elaborated on the complexities of terrorism and violent extremism and fostered an interactive discussion on drivers of violent extremism in the region, the emergence of CVE as a field of policy and practice, and critical regional vulnerabilities and opportunities. A preliminary set of early-warning indicators relevant to CVE was debated and updated for inclusion in WANEP early-warning mechanisms. The training workshop offered a chance for participants to enhance their collective understanding of regional threats and international and multilateral normative frameworks and to share ideas for practical responses needed in each country.
Prior to this training, WANEP hosted a refresher training workshop for its regionally based early-warning monitors, in which Global Center representatives also participated. In continuation of this partnership, the Global Center will collaborate with WANEP on the development of a report on early warning and CVE in West Africa in the Sahel. As part of this project, there will be an opportunity for representatives of early-warning mechanisms, such as the ECOWAS Early Warning and Response Network in West Africa and the Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism in East Africa, to exchange experiences regarding the integration of CVE and prevention into these frameworks.
The Global Center is grateful to the U.S. Department of State for its support of this initiative.