WANEP seeks to increase knowledge in peacebuilding in West Africa and other regions in Africa through a cutting-edge, demand driven and collaborative research with partners including States, ECOWAS, AU, UN, EU, and the private sector.  Broadly, WANEP’s research encompasses the following thematic areas:

  • Human security
  • Early Warning and Early Response
  • Resilience building
  • Democracy, governance and Elections
  • Women, Peace and Security
  • Youth Peacebuilding
  • Environmental Security – climate change, natural resource conflicts, and associated intra and inter-communal violence
  • Violent extremism, terrorism and transnational organised crimes

The research products are thus designed to support policy advocacy, effective decision making and serve as a resource for leveraging partnerships for peace and security. Furthermore, WANEP’s research products are used to generate enlightened discourses in peace and security to enable state and non-state actors to take decisions based on empirical evidence. Furthermore, the research products also serve as reference materials for academics, researchers, practitioners, policy makers, students, and other relevant actors.