West Africa: CDD-Ghana joins forces with SIDA to promote democracy in West Africa

Accra – The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) have entered into a new partnership to establish a transnational democratic solidarity network, which will be known as West Africa Democracy Solidarity Network (“WADEMOS”).

The objective of the network is to mobilize, coordinate and leverage the collective power of actors, resources and opportunities for democracy in West Africa, to address the erosion of democracy in the sub- region. The Network therefore seeks to advance, defend and reinvigorate democratic norms and reforms in the sub-region.

The WADEMOS project, funded by SIDA, will be implemented in two phases over a period of three years. The first phase focuses on the formation of the Network and the design of a

joint strategy of civil society organizations (CSOs) to respond to democratic backsliding in the region. During this phase, CDD-Ghana will 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 African States (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.

“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 Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh, Executive Director of CDD-Ghana. The project will be implemented through the mobilization and support of civil society and social movements for democracy in the region, as well as the collective engagement of civil society with regional bodies and national authorities. to advance democracy and constitutionalism, he added.

It is expected that by the end of the three-year period, there will be a strengthened relationship of WADEMOS with regional bodies, such as ECOWAS, to enforce compliance with protocols on democracy and good governance; enhanced cooperation and coordination among different CSOs in the region to advocate for the protection of democratic norms and values, and sustained activism by youth, women, voluntary groups and the creative industry to defend democracy, among others. These expectations are inextricably linked to the areas