Launch in Accra of the Solidarity Network for Democracy in West Africa

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A new civil society advocacy coalition focused on promoting democratic values ​​in the West African sub-region has been launched in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

Called the West African Democracy Solidarity Network (“WADEMOS”), it aims to “mobilise, coordinate and leverage the collective power of pro-democracy actors, resources and opportunities in West Africa “, indicates a press release from the secretariat of the network.

Network officials said they hoped it would be able “to counter the erosion of democracy in the sub-region”.

The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) is the promoter of the project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

The new partnership unveiled Thursday in Accra will ensure that this new transnational democratic solidarity network can “advance, defend and reinvigorate democratic norms and reforms in the sub-region”.

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The WADEMOS project is to be implemented in two phases over a period of three years.

In a statement, the secretariat said that “the first phase focuses on forming the network and designing a joint strategy of civil society organizations (CSOs) to respond to democratic backsliding in the region”.

CDD-Ghana should work with network partners to organize meetings and programs to reflect on important milestones of democracy in the sub-region, such as the Protocol on Democracy and Governance of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS).

“Phase II of the project will focus on the implementation of the different components of the strategy agreed with the network partners during phase I,” the statement said.

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“I am excited about this new initiative led by CDD-Ghana as it seeks to address the problem of democratic backsliding in West Africa,” said CDD-Ghana Executive Director, Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh.

According to him, there would be the mobilization and support of pro-democracy civil society and social movements in the region within the framework of the project.

Civil society’s collective engagement with regional bodies and national authorities to advance democracy and constitutionalism will also be a priority, Prempeh added.

West Africa has experienced a series of coups over the past decade over fears that the sub-region is becoming progressively destabilized and unhealthy for democratic values.

The new network should help enforce compliance with protocols on democracy and good governance.

Supporting the activism of young people, women, voluntary groups and the creative industry to defend democracy, among others, will also be the aim of this new network.

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