Main Entrance of the ECOWAS Headquarters in Abuja.
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Field Research at ECOWAS by Mona Saleh

Mona Saleh conducted field research in Abuja, Nigeria, from April 9 to April 29, 2023, with the aim of exploring the relationship between ECOWAS and its development partners, specifically focusing on how this relationship shapes ECOWAS’s non-military intervention practices, including mediation, preventive diplomacy, and early warning.


During this period, Mona Saleh actively conducted interviews at the ECOWAS Commission, particularly with the Political Affairs, Peace, and Security (PAPS) department, as well as with various partners such as GIZ, WANEP, DANIDA, SIDA, USAID, and diplomatic missions. The preparation phase involved two months of engaging in logistical and contextual research, seeking advice from experienced colleagues, and networking.


Despite encountering challenges, the interviews were interactive and insightful. The results of the field research shed light on the intricate dynamics of ECOWAS partnerships. They underscored the significance of African agency in shaping regional peacebuilding initiatives, delved into the financial aspects of ECOWAS’s non-military activities, and investigated the engagement of external actors. These findings contribute to a deeper understanding of ECOWAS’s role in regional peacebuilding efforts and inform further analysis and policymaking in the field.


Field Research at ECOWAS

April 9-29, 2023
Abuja, Nigeria


Mona Saleh
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