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Capacity Building for the West African Journalists Association (WAJA)

  • Project Name:
    Capacity Building for the West African Journalists Association (WAJA)
    Institution :
    West African Journalists Association (WAJA)
    • Core Competence:
      Professionalisation of the Voices of the Private Sector & Civil Society
    Project Region :
    West & Central Africa
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    Grant Number :
    Grant Amount (USD):
    1 500 000
    Commitment Date:
    Closing Date:
    Phase :
    Grant Number:
    Grant Amount (USD):
    2 100 000
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    Closing Date:

    The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) also known as  Projet de renforcement des Capacités de l‟Union des Journalistes de l‟Afrique de l‟Ouest‟‟ (PRC-UJAO) was created in 1986 in Dakar, Senegal by journalist Associations and Trade unions of the fifteen (15) member states of ECOWAS and Mauritania.  The creation of WAJA was for the press to fully play its role in the community in most of the Member States. 

    Project Description:

    The goal of the project is to strengthen the voices of media in order to promote democracy and ensure participatory governance, accountability and transparency in ECOWAS member countries.The specific objectives of the project are to:

    • Enhance the institutional and human capacity of journalists and media workers
    • Strengthen the legal protection, safety and security of West African journalists
    • Improve the work environment of journalists


Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana