Contributions of Early Warning to the African Peace and Security Architecture: The Experience of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) [chapter]

Chukwuemeka B. Eze, Osei Baffour Frimpong
2020 The State of Peacebuilding in Africa  
The African Union's African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) was established in 2002 in response to the myriad post-Cold War peace and security challenges confronting Africa. The fundamental goal of APSA is to prevent, manage, and resolve conflict in Africa. Since the establishment of APSA, conflict-related early warning mechanisms have been a key component of its operationalization. This chapter examines the experience of one regional body, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding
more » ... Peacebuilding (WANEP), in its efforts to support peace and security at the national, regional, and continental levels. It argues that despite its successes, WANEP—and conflict-related early warning systems in general—will not be able to fulfill its potential without reforms in the areas of funding, partnerships with civil society organizations, and the chasm between early warning and early response.
doi:10.1007/978-3-030-46636-7_11 fatcat:6fnownvdjfcd3a5sww3wa4qsuq