Presentation of Research Findings in Nigeria

PRIF researchers discuss local perspectives on ECOWAS interventions

Ein Gruppenbild von vier Personen im Innenraum. Im Zentrum stehen Antonia Witt und Cyriaque Agnekethom. Sie halten je eine Ausgabe eines PRIF-Reports in die Kamera.

Dr. Antonia Witt mit Dr. Cyriaque Agnekethom, ECOWAS Director Peacekeeping and Regional Security, Ahoba Piex Joseph, Head of ECOWAS Small Arms Division, und Lennart Oestergaard, Resident Representative der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Nigeria. Foto: PRIF

African regional organi­zations such as the African Union (AU) or the Eco­nomic Comm­unity of West African States (ECOWAS) must increasingly inter­vene in their member states in order to fulfil their mandate as peace and security actors. How such inter­ventions and the organi­zations behind them are perceived and evaluated in African societies is being researched by the DFG-funded project “Local percep­tions of regional interven­tions: AU and ECOWAS in Burkina Faso and The Gambia”.

Under the leadership of Antonia Witt, a team of PRIF researchers travelled to Abuja, Nigeria, from 3 to 7 June, 2024, to present the results of the project, which was carried out in close cooperation with researchers from Burkina Faso and The Gambia. Antonia Witt, Amado Kaboré, Sait Matty Jaw and Sophia Birchinger met with represen­tatives of the ECOWAS Commis­sion for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, the GIZ regional component supporting ECOWAS, the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) and Nigerian and regional civil society, among others. In addition to the presen­tation of the research findings, the main focus was on exchanging views on their practical implica­tions for the work of ECOWAS.

In addition to the joint data collec­tion, analysis and publ­ication of the research results, the communi­cation and discus­sion of the results was and is an impor­tant part of the process. Back in February 2023, Antonia Witt and her team already present­ed the PRIF report “The “Clubs of Heads of State” from Below – Local Percep­tions of the African Union, ECOWAS and their 2014/15 inter­ventions in Burkina Faso" in Burkina Faso. This was followed by a visit to The Gambia in May 2023 to discuss the PRIF Report “Siding with the People' or 'Occupying Force'? Local Percep­­tions of African Union and ECOWAS Inter­ven­tions in The Gambia”.

The trip to Abuja was organized in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's Nigeria country office and its Centre of Compe­tence for Peace and Security in Dakar, Senegal.