Accra, June 7, GNA - A three-day pilot training on Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) for civil society actors and multi-dimensional peace support personnel in West Africa ended in Accra on Thursday.
The training was organized by West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in collaboration with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.
It was supported by the German Agency for International Cooperation, International Coalition for Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) and Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, Executive Director of WACSI, in a closing remark, said the institute’s intervention was executed through training and capacity building, research and documentation and policy advocacy.
She said through these focus areas, WACSI aimed to address institutional and operational challenges, natural and enhanced civil society skills in policy influence, analysis and advocacy.
Nana Afadzinu said the institute was also to provide targeted capacity development opportunities, generate indigenous knowledge and information on civil society, serve as a regional convener and resource center for civil society organizations reflection and learning.
She said WACSI was also mandated to strengthen the institutional capacity of civil society organizations in West Africa, to enhance their efficiency, ensure their effective engagement at the policy level and promote their sustainability.
“It is also to promote and facilitate strategic partnership between civil society organisations , Governments and the private sector in pursuit of democracy, good Governance and national development in the West African sub-region.
She thanked the participants for their cooperation, and appealed to them to continue to advocate and promote the RtoP norm in their various countries and other part of the world.
Dr Jide Martyns Okeke, Senior Researcher, Institute for Security Studies, said in West Africa, clarity on the role of RtoP was a major problem, and appealed to civil society groups to educate and train people to know more about the initiative.
He said the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States were to lead interventions of RtoP and give support to institutions which were ready to implement the RtoP norm.
WACSI was established by the OSIWA in 2005 to reinforce the capacities of civil societies in the West African sub-region.