The West African region witnessed steady progress in the transition from authoritarian/military regimes to democratically elected governments from the time of independence of its States.
The transition into a multiparty system quickly transformed the region from being the coup d’etat
belt of Africa into an example of a vibrant democratic system that can support wholesome and comprehensive socioeconomic development. However, recent developments in the region raised serious concerns about the future of democracy in the ECOWAS zone and beyond. The coups and counter coups experienced by some countries in recent years threaten stability and can reverse the gains made in democracy and governance within the region and in the continent.
It was in this context and on the mandate of its Board of Directors that CoDA has placed its focus on engaging vital dialogues towards addressing the issues of democratic governance including addressing insecurity on the continent.