WEST AFRICA

Reacting to Early Warning and Response Data in West Africa

West African states have experienced multiple incidents of violence and conflict in recent years. Preventing and mitigating such political violence is essential to building a stable and healthy democratic society.

The five-year “Reacting to Early Warning and Response Data in West Africa” project (called REWARD) will support the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) use of innovative technology and apply best practices to detect and respond to conflict across the region from political violence, violent extremism, and ethnic conflict to sectarian tensions, perpetration of atrocities and organized crime.

This U.S. Agency for International Development program is implemented by Creative Associates International. This assistance is from the American people.

Building on Creative’s expertise in early warning and electoral security, the project will support ECOWAS’ goal of catalyzing a sustainable culture of conflict prevention throughout West Africa and boost the capacity of ECOWAS member states and local partners to prevent electoral violence.

Civil society and ECOWAS member states will be key partners in helping to improve the effectiveness of conflict response initiatives.

Creative will carry out the project in partnership with two nonprofit organizations: Fund for Peace, a global leader in early warning and conflict assessment with experience in more than 50 countries; and Karuna Center for Peacebuilding, a leading peacebuilding implementer with programs in more than 25 conflict-affected countries.

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