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West Africa Democracy Solidarity Network (“WADEMOS”)

WADEMOS is a non-partisan, independent civil society-led transnational democracy solidarity network. The WADEMOS Network consists of over 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) located in 15 countries in West Africa. WADEMOS mobilizes, coordinates, and leverages the collective power of civil society and other pro-democracy actors, resources, and opportunities within the West African Region to advance, defend, and reinvigorate democracy and promote democratic norms and reforms in the sub-region. The Project Management Unit (PMU) or secretariat of WADEMOS is located at CDD-Ghana’s office in Accra, Ghana.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) provides financial support for the WADEMOS Network.

Our Vision

A West Africa with a clear pathway to stability, peace, open, accountable, and democratic governance.

Our Mission

To provide a platform that mobilizes civil society resources, cooperation, solidarity, and voice to advance democratic governance in West Africa.


WADEMOS seeks, among other things, to build and sustain solidarity with and within civil society, media, and social movements, as well as women and youth-led activists and organizations, to strengthen action on pro-democracy initiatives, including freedoms, the rule of law, and constitutionalism; peace and security; elections; gender, diversity, and inclusion; among others.

Core Values

WADEMOS is committed to cultivating and deepening the culture of diversity, inclusion, and connectedness. As a Network of civil society organizations across the West African Region working on issues of democracy, we believe our practices and actions must reflect democratic commitments to access, equity, transparency, accountability, mutual respect, trust, representation, independence, and social justice.

WADEMOS Steering Committee holds inception meeting in Accra


Mobilize and strengthen cooperation, solidarity, and knowledge-sharing among pro-democracy civil society organizations and other civic actors and voices in the countries of West Africa by coordinating and facilitating engagement with relevant national authorities and regional intergovernmental bodies and instruments, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU), African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), etc.


To create a WADEMOS Knowledge Hub to promote evidence-informed pro-democracy learning, advocacy, and activism through knowledge production and sharing within and outside the Network, focusing on trends, developments, research, and analysis on issues affecting democracy in countries in West Africa.


Promote and enhance regionwide awareness of, national compliance with, and enforcement of the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and other democracy-relevant regional/international instruments and obligations.


Constitute a coterie of ‘DEMOC’rATIVES’ by mobilizing creative talent and resources (artists, poets, musicians, comedians, cartoonists, social media influencers, etc.) within the Region to use their arts to promote and raise awareness about democratic norms and values in the next generation of democracy advocates.


To support, encourage and strengthen the status and visibility of various women-and youth-led social movements in their pro-democracy advocacy and activism (including in civil society leadership and activism), governance, and other democratic projects in West Africa – the ‘WADEMOS Next Gen.’