FBA in sub-Saharan Africa
Contemporary conflicts commonly involve many different armed groups, both state and non-state actors, and tend to spill over borders. Civilian populations are often victims of violence. In order to solve today’s complex, cross-border conflicts and build sustainable peace, regional cooperation is needed.
FBA supports regional actors in sub-Saharan Africa in their efforts for peace, mainly the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Within the framework of Sweden’s development cooperation with sub-Saharan Africa, FBA is focused on two areas:
Women, peace and security
Women have traditionally played a marginalized role in peace processes in the region. Both the AU and ECOWAS aim at increasing the participation of women in their work, and at better recognizing and meeting the different security needs of women, men, boys and girls. FBA supports gender mainstreaming efforts in the AU and ECOWAS, for example through training and expert advice.
Dialogue and peace mediation
FBA offers expert advice on dialogue and peace mediation to the AU, in order to stregthen the organization’s role as a key mediator in African conflicts. FBA also offers dialogue and mediation training for ECOWAS and key actors within the ECOWAS member states, in order to enhance their capacity to prevent electoral violence. Violence in connection with elections is a widespread problem in West Africa.
Click here to read the entire strategy for Sweden’s development cooperation with sub-Saharan Africa 2016–2021.
Photo: UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina