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WAI ANNUAL REPORT 2019 now Available Online!

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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 with other actors in order to facilitating decision-making to achieve the aspirations and the desires of the population.

The priority areas of research of WAI are motivated by the quest for solutions to the institutional, political, economic, social and cultural constraints of the regional integration process. These include conducting reflections on issues of citizenship, governance through the quality of democratic institutions and the process of decision making, public health, food, economic and financial conditions in the region, environmental, relevance of education systems and efficiency of scientific research, shared natural resources, information and communication technologies (ICT), new economic challenges, etc.

WAI has an extensive network of experts and analysts within the region with competencies in various fields. It has also developed strategic networks with universities, research centers and think tanks in Africa and Europe.

The vision of WAI is to participate actively in close collaboration with other actors in order to facilitating decision-making to achieve the aspirations and the desires of the population.

The information on the WAI and its research activities can be obtained via the links below in the three working languages ​​of the Institute (English / French / Portuguese):

1. Website of WAI:

2. WAI Publications «Critical Analysis Actions and Strategies» (CAAS).

3. WAI-ZEI Papers.

4. Regional Integration Observer (RIO).

5. WAI Newsletters. 

6. The various reports (Scientific Council / Annual Reports / Training Seminar / Studies / WAI Strategic Action Plan 2016-2020) & Legal Texts on W



  • Public Presentation of the Association Sunrise4Africa: WAI Chairman Holds a Conference on the Role of NGOs in the Development of ECOWAS Zone, Uni-CV, Praia, January 30, 2019
  • ECDPM and WAI organize a joint Workshop on Research & Innovation in Cabo Verde, Praia, 11 February, 2019
  • ECDPM Discussion Paper No. 251 on R&I Cooperation between the EU and Cabo Verde, Ghana and South Africa is now available! 
  • ECOWAS Commission commences its 14th SPCC in Aid of Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Abuja, Nigeria, March 13-15, 2019
  • Human Rights - International Seminar on the Implementation of International Conventions, Praia, Cabo Verde, 20 - 21 May 2019
  • WAI takes part in the 2nd Africa and ECOWAS Week, ENG - Uni-CV, Praia, Cabo Verde, 24-29 May 2019
  • “La Langue et (E) Immigration”, Theme discussed at ENG's Round-Table, 13 June 2019
  • WAI Director General on Africa's Development at Ignite Talks - Cabo Verde, Praia, July 29, 2019
  • Launching Ceremony of the Anthology "Mulheres e Seus Destinos", Praia, November 25th, 2019


  • What Research Support in Support of Regional Integration in West Africa? By Djéry Seck
  • The Accession of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Economic Community of West African States – ECOWAS – By Omorou Touré
  • The Challenge of Structural Transformation in West Africa - By Félix Fofana N'Zué


  • WAI Receives Uni-CV License Degree Student Working Group on the Regional Integration Process in the ECOWAS Zone, Praia, January 30, 2019
  • The Honourable Filomena Viera Martins received by the Director General of WAI, February 14, 2019
  • A Delegation from the South African Embassy in Senegal visits WAI, 4th March, 2019
    • West Africa Institute (WAI) Director General received in audience by His Excellency Fernando Elisio Freire, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Sports, Praia, April 3, 2019
  • WAI received at the Governmental Delegation of the Canary Islands in Cabo Verde, 12 June 2019
  • The Ambassador of the Russian Federation receives the Director General of WAI, July 19, 2019


  • The West Africa Institute (WAI) welcomes Ms Débora Gonçalves for a three-month Internship, February 27th – May 31st, 2019
  • The West Africa Institute (WAI) welcomes Ms. Carmen Pires de Pina for a four-month Internship, February 05th – June 05th, 2019
  • WAI hosts Agostinho Moreira and Joceline Varela for a two-month internship, from May 2 to July 2, 2019

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


           The West Africa Institute (WAI) pays tribute to two illustrious Personalities

  • In Memoriam - Dr. René N'Guettia Kouassi, Director of Economic Affairs, AUC
    • WAI presents its Condolences following the passing away of Minister Júlio Herbert Lopes
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