WACSOF, deepening regional integration and fostering stability and development in West Africa

WACSOF Thematic Structure

Within the cycle of the 2012-2015 WACSOF Strategic Plan, 12 different thematic groups have been identified as a basis for the classification Civil Society activities, while several Working Groups, to address specific issues and processes with bearing on the regional integration and development agenda of the ECOWAS. Below is a summary of the Thematic Groups/ Working Groups, with targets and corresponding projects:

  1. Agriculture and Food Security: the program will focus on improving the interface of CSOs with relevant the relevant authorities on securing key policy commitments towards addressing agriculture and food security issues in West Africa.
  2. Democracy and Governance: efforts will be focused on achieving the goal of promoting better understanding of international standards on democracy and good governance in West Africa at the level of civil society and actively involve civil society in actualizing them.
  3. Environment and Climate Change: the focus here will be on augmenting the contributions of regional and national authorities towards addressing famine and drought and other associated effects of environmental degradation and Climate Change
  4. Health and HIV/AIDS: in this area, the goal is to enhance the role of civil society in the regional agenda aimed at improving health standards across West Africa
  5. Human and Peoples’ Rights: it is understood that civil society has a very huge role to play in the promotion of global human rights standards in West Africa, making it a priority issue for WACSOF
  6. Humanitarian and Social Affairs:on humanitarian and social affairs, the focus will be on civil society interface with national authorities in facilitating the prevention of, and timely response to, Humanitarian issues in West Africa
  7. Migration and Freedom of Movement: in the area of Migration and Freedom of movement, the program of intervention will aim to facilitate a common understanding of the existing regional standards on migration and free movement among the relevant regional stakeholders and CSOs
  8. Natural Resources and Economic Development: the goal for WACSOF’s interventions in the area of natural resources and economic development is to enhance the role of civil society in promoting awareness on best practices related to natural resources exploitation and economic development
  9. Peace and Security: under peace and security, WACSOF will seek to galvanize civil society by deepening their practical involvement of CSOs in ensuring peace and stability in West Africa
  10. Trade and Investment: WACSOF will also ensure that the role of civil society in the facilitation of a favorable business environment in the ECOWAS region is promoted so as to secure a viable investment and trading climate across the region for development
  11. Women and Gender: The Women and Gender program will ensure aim to develop the capacity (i.e. skills and competencies) of CSO’s working around the themes of Women and Gender towards addressing human resource development gaps across the region
  12. Youth and Employment: the goal for the youth and employment thematic group will aim to secure the commitment of governments and relevant regional stakeholders on the promotion of youth development and employment generation programs and policies
  13. Regional and Continental integration: under this working group, WACSOF will aim to focus specifically, ongalvanizing civic powers in West Africa for the advancement of AU continental integration agenda in the region through collaborating with similar actors (including CCP-AU, EACSOF and SADC-CNGO, CACSOF etc.)


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