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The MFWA is a regional independent non-governmental organisation with a network of national partner organisations in all 16 countries in West Africa. It is the biggest and most influential media development and freedom of expression organisation in the region with UN ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) Consultative Status and Observer Status with the African Commission of Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR). The MFWA also has Equivalency Determination Certification with NGOSource that certifies the organisation as being the equivalent of a public charity in the United States. The MFWA is also the Secretariat of the Continental Network of the most Prominent Free Expression and Media Development Organisations in Africa, known at the Africa Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) Network.  It also works in partnership with other regional and international organisations through different networks such as IFEX, AFEX, the Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) and the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI). The organisation also works closely with the regional inter-governmental body, ECOWAS. It also engages frequently with mechanisms of the African Union (AU) and the UN.

Below is Our Mission and Vision.


To promote and defend the right to freedom of expression of all persons particularly the media and human rights defenders in West Africa.


A West Africa in which all persons enjoy the right to freedom of expression without fear or threat by any actors.

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Based on the context analysis, the vision, mission and the overall goal, the organisation’s work will be aimed at achieving the following objectives during the period 2015-2020:

  • Noticeable improvement in respecting and protecting the right to freedom of expression by state and non-state actors in West Africa
  • The public’s right to access information is guaranteed by regional and national laws and respected in practice
  • The media in West Africa are more independent and professional, and contribute to democracy and development in the respective countries in the region.
  • The MFWA has efficient systems, adequate funding from diversified sources, broad network of national partners as well as competent and highly motivated staff

You can learn more about Our Core Values and Mission and Vision.