Mediation in West Africa
16 Mar 2018 - 16:00
Source: Clingendael

This week we have the great pleasure to work with the 4th delegation from ECOWAS to focus on skills in Negotiation and Mediation as an Instrument for Conflict Resolution.

In a week-long programme Ambassadors to ECOWAS, Resident Representatives in member states and Commission Officers share their extensive experiences and insights on regional cooperation in times of conflict and unrest, and improve their negotiation and mediation skills in a practical learning environment.

Strengths and Opportunities

Through a collective analysis on previous ECOWAS interventions, such as in The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea and Togo, the delegation is able to:

  • define the strengths of ECOWAS’ means for negotiation and mediation, as well as
  • to formulate recommendations to improve the strengths that the ECOWAS community already has structured.

To give an insight: it is hopeful to see that a normative framework is in place and has improved over the years. This framework has led to successful mandates and interventions in the past. For the future, the delegations see possibilities to create more visibility for the work of ECOWAS and to empower the member states in their existing capacity.

Our training facility 'Negotiation and Mediation Training as a Conflict Resolution Instrument'

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