South-South and Regional Cooperation for Peace building in West Africa

  • Kehinde Olayode Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • Charles Ukeje Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Abstract

The paper appraises the existing framework for peace building in West Africa under the auspices of ECOWAS as the multilateral platform for south-south cooperation, with specific focus on Liberia and Sierra-Leone. The critical question for interrogation in the paper is the extent to which south-south cooperation framework (both multilateral and bilateral) has been successfully utilized in post-conflict reconstruction and development in West Africa. The paper argues that unlike in other climes, post-conflict reconstruction in West Africa usually involves multiple complex emergencies arising from the collapse of central administration (failed state phenomenon) and its attendant consequences. Under these circumstances, relative success has been recorded in multilateral regional cooperation in peace building and post-conflict reconstruction. The capacity for sustained post-conflict reconstruction through regional framework, is however weak due to political and economic constraints. A significant factor in the success story recorded in West Africa peace building project is the immense contribution of Nigeria, in strengthening ECOWAS multilateral peace-building initiatives in West Africa. The paper concludes that the West African experience has demonstrated the necessity of South-South and Triangular Cooperation as a more viable approach to peace building and post-conflict reconstruction.


 

Author Biographies

Kehinde Olayode, Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Holds a PhD in International Relations and is currently Senior Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Charles Ukeje, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Reader in International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, currently on leave at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, IPSS, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

Published
2017-06-25
How to Cite
OLAYODE, Kehinde; UKEJE, Charles. South-South and Regional Cooperation for Peace building in West Africa. Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 33-54, june 2017. ISSN 2570-7558. Available at: <http://edu.uhk.cz/africa/index.php/ModAfr/article/view/170>. Date accessed: 04 dec. 2020.