Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

 There are nine NEPAD programmes being implemented in ECOWAS. 

Current Programmes:

  1. CAADP

  • ECOWAS signed the Regional CAADP Compact in 2009.
    During the 2008 food crisis, the fifteen ECOWAS Member States – Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo – decided there was a need to speed up the development of agriculture.  Today, they have adopted a common regional ECOWAP/CAADP agricultural policy. ECOWAS is currently implementing the region’s agricultural policy (ECOWAP), which was adopted through the Regional Compact of 2009 and the Regional Agriculture Investment Plan for 2011-2015. 
    Four ECOWAS Member States have achieved the CAADP target have allocated 10 per cent of their national budgets to agriculture. There has also been a progressive increase in the allocations and more funding by the private sector.
    Technical training to test real time data collection through the application of interactive templates was provided to Statistics Bureaus in ECOWAS, to monitor high impact indicators for Agenda 2063 and other continental and global commitments. 

  1. Agriculture Technical Vocational Education and Training (ATVET)
  • ECOWAS was sensitised on the implementation of Agricultural Education and Skills Improvement Framework (AESIF). Twenty countries represented ECOWAS and ECCAS at the Yamoussoukro workshop held on 21-24 July 2015. 

    MoU was signed with ECOWAS for the regional implementation of AESIF in close relation with ECOWAS/WAPP. The concept of specialized Agricultural Universities are being developed in Benin (Ketou Agricultural university), Senegal (Sine Saloon University) and in some case thematic university dealing strategic commodities (Cotton in Burkina and Cocoa in Cote d’Ivoire). 

  1. NEPAD Climate Change Fund
  • The NEPAD Agency supported ECOWAS and its Member Countries Niger, Nigeria, Cape Verde and Senegal in the areas of policy, training, capacity development, awareness creation, research, and knowledge management. 

    •    In Niger, the National Strategy for the implementation of the three Rio conventions on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Desertification was developed. 388 fishermen and women were capacitated on sustainable fisheries practices in the Tillabery region of Niger, while 50 women were trained on aquatic weeds development and processing, covering one hectare of land on which six compost pits and four tons of compost were produced. Ten solar powered freezers and two solar powered dryers were donated to 150 fisherwomen to reduce post-harvest losses, and 21 permanent jobs for the youth were created on afforestation approaches. 250 hectares of degraded land was recovered through deforestation (planting of Acacia Senegal trees) in the District of Loga. Expertise was deployed to seven staff members of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MESD) 
    •    In Nigeria, 150 policy makers were sensitised to Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices and aquaculture, while 1 200 female small-holder farmers received training in the same disciplines. Four hundred applications for aquaculture equipment grants were processed.
    •    A book on the scenarios for the growth of fisheries in relation to climate change in West Africa was published, disseminated and shared. This included an online publication in Cape Verde, Guinea and Senegal.
    •    Six national ABS frameworks for the implementation of the Nagoya Process were developed in Burkina Faso. The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity was adopted on 29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan. The Nagoya Protocol aims to set an international, legally binding framework to promote a transparent and effective implementation of the ABS concept. It is a vital feature towards creating a global framework for sustainable development at regional, national and local levels.
    •    Three national committees on climate change in Cape Verde, Guinea and Senegal supported to assist them in including fisheries among their priority areas, and to develop proposals for action programmes on fisheries and climate change in the National Adaptation Programmes of Action.

  1. Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture Support Programme (GCCASP)

  • ECOWAS was involved in the consultations that informed the design of the project; and will continue to work closely with NEPAD in up-scaling the project to more African countries.

  • Africa Power Vision:

  • PIDA:

  • PICI:

  • Sustainable Energy 4 All (SE4ALL)

  • African Medicines Regulatory Harmonisation (AMRH)

  • A critical model law for regulation of medical products was endorsed by African Heads of State and Government at the January AU Summit 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The model law will accelerate the regulation of safe, quality and affordable medical products and technologies on the continent. Its objective is to ensure that medical products are of the required quality, safety and that they are properly manufactured, stored, distributed and dispensed. Better regulation will also ensure that health professionals and patients have the necessary information to enable them to use medicines rationally, as well as detect illegal manufacturing and trade of medicines. So far, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Swaziland, Democratic of Congo and Kenya have used the AU Model Law to review their existing laws.

  • NEPAD has taken decisive action to fight Ebola in countries worst hit by the virus. Regional technical working groups to provide oversight on clinical trials for candidate Ebola vaccines were established in the East and West African regions. The joint reviews in the two regions will not only fast-track the approval process for the vaccine trials but also serve as a mechanism for strengthening regulatory systems and ethical standards in Africa.


  • Climate Change Fund

  • NEPAD Water Centers of Excellence

  • Capacity Development

  • RECs Capacity Development Focal Points



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