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SUPPORT TO ECOWAS PEACE AND SECURITY ARCHITECTURE AND OPERATIONS (EPSAO)




Source of funds: 11th EDF (CRIS ref: 2017/040-390)

Decision date: 11/12/2017 (FA Signature date: 27/02/2018)

EU Contribution: 16,4 MEUR (+4 M EUR from Germany)

Implementation period: 2018 - 2022

Implementation modalities: EU MS Agency (GIZ)

Geographical Area: West Africa

Objectives:

The main objective of the EPSAO Project is to support the ECOWAS Commission in its mandate to prevent and

manage conflict and security threats in West Africa.

Expected results:

· Conclicts, such as those in Mali, with Boko Haram or crisis in Gambia are are solved through political

dialogue and appropriate strategies at regional level;

· There are no spill overs of conflicts from one member state to another;

· Terrorist activities have stopped in Macina and southward;

· ECOWAS Standby Force is fully operational.

Main activities:

· Strengthening ECOWAS’s mechanisms to promote and maintain peace and stability and post crisis

operations:

o Supporting needs-based training for ECOWAS Peace Operations;

o Supporting ECOWAS Standby Force exercises - Cooperation and partnership with Training

Centres of Excellence and Training Institutions to make the ECOWAS Standby Force fully

operational;

o Sustaining liaison, coordination and partnership with the African Union and other Regional

Economic Communities/ Regional Mechanisms.

· Enabling ECOWAS to prevent and manage erupting or existing conflicts

o Strengthening national early warning and response capacities;

o Strengthening the role of civil society in conflict prevention and peacebuilding;

o Enhancing ECOWAS early warning and mediation capacities;

o Strengthening the role of women in peace and security (UNSCR 1325, 2000);

o Supporing the ECOWAS Crisis Prevention Framework Enabling Mechanism.

· Contributing to the creation of a secure and safe post conflict environment

o Promoting implementation of the ECOWAS SSRG Policy Framework;

o Supporting for SSRG in The Gambia.

Main accomplishments:

· Convened regional and national multi stakeholder consultations in Abuja and Abidjan, engaging more

than 210 youth representatives from across West Africa over conversations on conflict prevention.

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