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N°: 094/2013
8 April 2013 [Abuja - Nigeria]

ECOWAS, UN PARTNERS REVIEW REGIONAL PEACE SUPPORT PROJECTS

							
	An ECOWAS delegation and officials of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees 
(UNHCR) and UNESCO have ended a three-day meeting in Dakar, Senegal for the 
review of the regional Support to ECOWAS for Peace and Development Project 
(PADEP), funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The 15 million US-dollar PADEP Project launched in 2006 and being coordinated 
by the ECOWAS Peace Fund (EPF), covers refugee support, resettlement and 
rehabilitation programmes in four ECOWAS countries, with the UNHCR as the 
implementing partner.

It also involves the development of a Manual of reference on the Culture of 
Peace, Citizenship and Human Rights, in partnership with UNESCO as well as the 
ECOWAS Volunteers Programme being implemented with the support of the UN 
Volunteer programme.

At the meeting in Dakar on 3rd April 2013 with UNHCR officials, the EPF 
Manager Mr. Dieudonne  Nikiema, explained that at the request of the ECOWAS 
Commission the AfDB has extended the PADEP implementation period by six months 
until 30th June 2013.

This is to enable the partners to complete the outstanding project activities 
and work out an exit strategy.

The extension is also to allow for the preparation of an impact assessment, 
and through effective visibility, ensure ownership and sustainability of the 
PADEP project, designed to promote peace, stability and regional integration.  

To this end, Mr. Nikiema said that a Television documentary would also be 
produced to highlight the PADEP project achievements.

The UNHCR Deputy Regional Representative (Protection) commended the quality of 
partnership with ECOWAS and the achievements of the PADEP project, which has 
supported thousands of refugees in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Guinea 
Bissau.

He said that the lessons learnt from the partnership project would not only 
engender ownership and sustainability, but would also lead to better outcomes 
from future collaboration.  Also present at the meeting, was the UNHCR 
Assistant Representative (Programme) Mr. Jean-Claude de Rego.

At a separate meeting with UNESCO officials, Mr. Nikiema underscored the need 
to publicise the seven-module Culture of Peace Reference Manual by 
incorporating it into the curricula of primary and secondary schools in the 
region.

Mr. Yao Ydo, Head of section, Education for Peace, Sustainable Development, 
HIV/AIDS and Contemporary Issues at UNESCO Africa Regional Bureau (BREDA), 
explained that the Manual would also be publicised through UNESCO’s non-formal 
education platforms targeting youths and adults outside the conventional 
school system.

Community Radio and popular artists would also be used to ensure a wider 
outreach, he added.

Expressing the same sentiment, the UNESCO/BREDA Communication and Knowledge 
Management Specialist, Mrs. Anne Muller underlined the importance of social 
media, including Facebook, Mobile phone applications and a dedicated website 
for the propagation of the Manual, especially targeting young people.

The ECOWAS delegation to the Dakar meetings included Mr. Paul Ejime of the 
Communication Directorate as well as Mr. Wilfred Ewaleifoh, who represented 
the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), which is collaborating with ECOWAS on 
the PADEP documentary production.


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