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WAI ANNUAL REPORT 2019 now Available Online!
WAI ANNUAL REPORT 2019 now Available Online!


WAI’s Missions and Vision The West Africa Institute’s four main missions are: - to generate knowledge on regional integration; - to establish platforms for dialogue, meetings and exchanges; - to train a new generation of elites on regional integration and - to negotiate strategic partnerships with institutions. The vision of WAI is to participate actively in close collaboration w [ ... ]

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The 12th Edition of WAI Newsletter (January – June 2019) is now Available Online!
The 12th Edition of WAI Newsletter (January – June 2019) is now Available Online!

  The West Africa Institute (WAI) was created by the ECOWAS Commission, the UEMOA Commission, the Government of the Republic of Cabo Verde, the ECOBANK Group and UNESCO. It was approved by the Summit of Heads of State of ECOWAS, held in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) in December 2008 and by the Council of Ministers of UEMOA on 26 June, 2009, in Dakar (Senegal).  WAI’s main missions a [ ... ]

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WAI Director General on Africa's Development at Ignite Talks - Cabo Verde, Praia, July 29, 2019
WAI Director General on Africa's Development at Ignite Talks - Cabo Verde, Praia, July 29, 2019


The Director General of the West Africa Institute (WAI), Prof. Djénéba Traoré, comes back to her intervention at Ignite Talks - Cabo Verde, an event organized and moderated by Samir Pereira, Innovation Consultant and Executive Director of Cheetah Start, on July 29, 2019, at the Palácio da Cultura Ildo Lobo, Praia, Cabo Verde. Ignite Talks - Cabo Verde is a media show g [ ... ]

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International Workshop on Germany's West Africa Policy, Dakar, Senegal, 12th-13th February 2020
International Workshop on Germany's West Africa Policy, Dakar, Senegal, 12th-13th February 2020

WAI Director General, Prof. Dr. Djénéba Traoré, participated in the International Workshop on Germany's West Africa policy, held from 12th-13th February 2020 at the Fleur de Lys Hotel Plateau in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop was organized by the Institute for Theology and Peace (ITHF) and Helmut-Schmidt-University (HSU), both academic institutions located in Hambur [ ... ]

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Sub-Regional Workshop for the Preparation of ECOWAS Post 2020 Vision, Banjul, The Gambia, 16th & 17th March 2020
Sub-Regional Workshop for the Preparation of ECOWAS Post 2020 Vision, Banjul, The Gambia, 16th & 17th March 2020


The ECOWAS Commission in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit  -GIZ (GIZ Support Programme for the ECOWAS Commission) organized in Banjul, Republic of The Gambia, on 16th and 17th March 2020, a Sub-Regional Consultation Workshop for the Sene-Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Cabo Verde in the framework of the preparation of its Post 2020 Vision. The  [ ... ]

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Launching Ceremony of the Anthology "Mulheres e Seus Destinos", Praia, November 25th, 2019
Launching Ceremony of the Anthology

Mrs. Lena Marçal, educator and trainer and Mrs. Yara Dos Santos, writer and public relations specialist, both natives from Praia, the capital city of the Republic of Cabo Verde, have organized together the publication of an anthology entitled "Mulheres e Seus Destinos" (Women and their Destinies). The launching ceremony of the book took place on November 25th, 2019 at 5.30 pm at the Palace [ ... ]

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WAI presents its Condolences following the passing away of Minister Júlio Herbert Lopes
WAI presents its Condolences following the passing away of Minister Júlio Herbert Lopes

Following the passing away, on 21 October 2019, of Mr. Júlio Herbert Lopes, Minister of Regional Integration to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Cabo Verde, the West Africa Institute (WAI) expresses its deepest condolences to the grieving family of the deceased, to the Government and the People of Cabo Verde.  Prior to his nomination as a member of the Government, Mr. Júli [ ... ]

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The Accession of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Economic Community of West African States - ECOWAS
The Accession of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Economic Community of West African States - ECOWAS

By Omorou Touré, Ph.D, Professor of Law, Faculty of Private Law, University of  Juridical and Political Sciences, Bamako, Mali – May 2017   Introduction In a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco issued from 24 February 2017, His Majesty King Mohamed VI informed Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Presiden [ ... ]

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The Challenge of Structural Transformation in West Africa
The Challenge of Structural Transformation in West Africa

By Dr. Félix Fofana N’Zué - Director of the Economic Policy Analysis Unit of the ECOWAS Commission   Development theory stipulates that for countries to develop, they have to structurally transform going from an agrarian economy to a modern one. This structural transformation was to take place in stages (Kuznets, 1966)*. Thus, socio economic development is achieved  [ ... ]

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What Research Support in Support of Regional Integration in West Africa?
What Research Support in Support of Regional Integration in West Africa?

By Prof. Diéry Seck - Director General of CREPOL, www.crepol.org, Dakar, Senegal and also Member of the Academy of Sciences of Senegal   Over the last few decades, West Africa has held a leading role in Africa on efforts to achieve regional integration (RI) on the continent.  Its two main groupings, Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA) and the E [ ... ]

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Defense of Master's Thesis - University of Luxembourg, July 09, 2019
Defense of Master's Thesis - University of Luxembourg, July  09, 2019

Ms. Débora Gonçalves defended her Master's thesis in European Governance at the University of Luxembourg, on July 09, 2019, on the theme: "Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development in Cabo Verde" under the scientific supervision of Prof. Harlan Koff, Fellow of the West Africa Institute (WAI). The Director General of WAI, Prof. Djénéba Traoré, was the Sec [ ... ]

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