The Deputy Commandant of the Kofi Annan International
Peacebuilding Training Center (KAIPTC), BrigadierGeneral (Dr) Emmanuel Kotia has described the West
Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI) as an effective response to
the changing face of conflict in West Africa. He said this in his welcome remarks to the 15th Session of WAPI which held from August
25 to September 24, 2016.
WAPI is the main training and capacity building outfit of WANEP
organized yearly in partnership with KAIPTC. A total of 99 participants took part in this year’s WAPI.
According to the Brigadier-General, WANEP and KAIPTC embarked on this strategic partnership in the conviction that in order to
fully support the Africa Peace and Security Architecture, peace
initiatives and interventions including training should be more effective and efficient. He said; “year after year WANEP and KAIPTC
have developed courses and trainings that respond effectively to
the changing face of conflict in our West Africa region.”
WAPI creates the platform to provide, build and strengthen the
capacity of peacebuilding and development practitioners by enhancing their spectrum to actively contribute to the realization of
WANEP’s diverse thematic areas as embedded in the courses
offered. The overarching aim of WAPI is to increase number of
competent, informed and active peacebuilding practitioners in West
Africa and beyond, provide in-depth analysis of conflict to solicit
policy recommendations to relevant stakeholders for the transformation of conflicts and specifically to bridge the gap between theory, policy and practice in peacebuilding.