OSIWA’s geographic landscape encompasses countries with varied forms of governance. Some are in transition to democracy; in others democratic consolidation is fragile and in some there is routine practice of democratic governance. OSIWA will seek to address the diversity of transitions in the choice of its countries of focus.
West Africa is generally rich in natural resources. Resources such as oil, phosphates, bauxite, wood, gold, iron ore, uranium, diamonds, timber and rivers for hydropower exist in many countries, but a combination of autocratic and unaccountable government, violent conflict throughout the continent and decades of mismanagement deprive the region.
Law, Justice and Human Rights
Trends in West Africa reveal a growing (albeit painfully slow) commitment by governments to embrace principles of human rights, rule of law and the ideals of transparent, accountable and democratic governance. Such manifestations, although commendable, risk being superficial if not taken it their true spirit.