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The former Partners Senegal transitions to a new name and a stronger regional presence in West Africa

After three years operating as Partners Senegal (PS), the new Director of Partners' affiliate in Dakar, Ms. Oury Traoré, is transitioning the organization under a new name, Partners West Africa (PWA). 

Many of the challenges in West Africa are unconstrained by country borders, and work spanning Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, and other West African neighbors is a growing part of Partners West Africa's portfolio. As PWA pivots to take on a new role in the West Africa region, we will focus on two main areas of work: Governance, and Security.  PWA will build on the work PS has done in Senegal and throughout the region on corruption and transparency, and will also explore issues such as governance and leadership.  

In the area of security, PWA has worked extensively on Security Sector Governance.  As with PS, PWA will continue focusing its attention on citizen security and security sector reform, while exploring issues such as regional integration, civil-military Relations, and women in mediation and conflict prevention.  All new programs of PWA will have a component on women and youth.  

PWA will also carry out research in the following areas: 

  • Exploring the Nexus between Governance, Security and Health;
  • Regional Integration and Security;
  • Public-Private Partnerships;
  • West Africa as a Fragile Region; and
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development through African Solidarity.

Oury Traoré is a trainer, facilitator, researcher, coach and an evaluation expert in peace and security, civil society, organizational development, human rights, and gender. Prior to joining Partners West Africa, Ms. Traoré was an international Senior Consultant and worked extensively all over Africa as well as other parts of the world. She was involved with major civil society organizations and worked as the Regional Program Manager for the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding, as the Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Human Rights and Development in Africa, and as the Program Associate for the Women’s Rights Program of Global Rights. Ms. Traoré has a deep knowledge of peace and security issues in Africa generally, and particularly in the West African region. Throughout her career, Ms. Traoré has trained senior military, police, and civilians across the African continent.


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