Economic Community of West African States Conflict Prevention Framework

The ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) was adopted in 2008 by the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. It is a guide for enhancing cohesion and synergy between relevant ECOWAS departments on conflict prevention initiatives.

The component on WPS aims to facilitate the realization of the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1325; the relevant provisions of the Revised ECOWAS Treaty, in particular, Article 63; the relevant provisions of the Mechanism; and the provisions of Articles 40 – 43 of the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance. The objective of the Women, Peace and Security component of ECPF shall be to propel and consolidate women‟s role and contribution to center stage in the design, elaboration, implementation, and evaluation of conflict prevention, resolution, peace-building, and humanitarian initiatives while strengthening regional and national mechanisms for the protection and advancement of women.