MFWA to Empower Citizens on ECOWAS Protocols in 4 Countries

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has commenced a major project aimed at enhancing citizens’ knowledge and awareness of ECOWAS and its relevant protocols and frameworks that mandate member states to be accountable to their citizens.

The Project titled “Promoting Citizens’ Awareness on ECOWAS Protocols and Frameworks on Good Governance and Economic Redistribution” is being implemented in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso with funding support from Ibis-Oxfam in Ghana under their Democratic Governance (DEGOWA) programme in West Africa.

The project is designed to highlight the ECOWAS Protocol on Good Governance and Economic Redistribution and promote pro-poor fiscal policies in the target countries. It will involve activities such as research on citizens’ awareness of ECOWAS in the four target countries, national-level media forum on ECOWAS for influential journalists, and the setting up of functioning Networks of ECOWAS reporters.

Media organisations in the selected countries will also be supported to produce articles, documentaries and features on ECOWAS and its relevant protocols and frameworks that mandate member states to be accountable to their citizens.

It is expected that the regular engagements will build the capacities of the ordinary citizens and empower them to raise concerns about good governance-related issues at the national levels and generate debates that will impact on policies of good governance at the regional ECOWAS platform.

The pilot phase of the project spans May to December, 2016.

For any further information, please visit our website: www.mfwa.org or call on +233244867047, Abigail Larbi Odei, Media, Good Governance and Development Programme Manager.

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