The West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE) is an independent regional organization focused on security and counter terrorism research intended at supporting State and Regional counter-terrorism strategy and policies in West Africa. WACCE’s research and advocacy works are focused on uncovering the underpinnings of radicalization and violent extremism aimed at building State and social resilience against terrorism.
For nearly a decade West Africa has remained a notorious epicentre for radicalization and costly terrorism wreaking economic damage in billions of dollars annually. Terrorist attacks drive away investors, increase insurance premiums, result in life-changing adjustments and often more than proportionate investment in security measures by States and corporate organizations. The deficit of data and the lack of comprehensive research work on the threat in many parts of the region puts the region in a potentially precarious situation. Understating or overstating the threat have several dire consequences. An inflated threat positions the State to make escalated investments in security, instil a climate of needless fear, and could force people to continue to live in a perpetual state of anxiety. On the other hand, understating the threat may lead to a reduced counterterrorism budget, reduced commitment and inadequate preparation required to prevent potentially disastrous attacks.
Whilst it is a complex threat, our understanding of terrorism and its underlining factors can help us adequately prepare and effectively counter, save lives and preserve vital infrastructure in the event of an attack. What is even more important is that, if gauged well, effective Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) programs and adequate preparations can help build strong sustainable social resilience and shield societies against terrorism and its potential impact.
West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism (WACCE)
The organization was founded in 2014 in Accra, Ghana, in response to the increasing number of Ghanaians and West Africans succumbing to the allure of ISIS, Boko Haram and other terrorist ideals. WACCE is committed to supporting and promoting democracy and good governance through the creation of a sustainable environment of peace and democratic stability anchored on the values of pluralism, patriotism and participatory governance in the West African sub region. We regard the local community as the focus of our counter radicalization programs. This comes from WACCE’s understanding that the battle against terrorism and the violent ideologies that underline it cannot be won only on the battlefield; it will be won in the mindsets among the local community and the vulnerable youth through community actors and religious leaders.
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