Role of Civil Society around Drug Policy in West Africa
We want to use the thirty-first edition of the Africa in Focus show to reprise the issue of drug policy in West Africa, which we commenced in Episode 25 of AIF when we spoke to Araba Arhin, a former official of the WACD.
The WACD, West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) – in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, Kofi Annan Foundation and USAID – is organising a “Civil Society Workshop on Drug Policy in West Africa”.
This two-day workshop will build on previous meetings in West Africa to further develop the capacity of civil society representatives in the region on the issues of drug policy, drug prevention and treatment, harm reduction, security and governance and effective advocacy.
The workshop is the first of two proposed workshops (the second taking place in September or October 2015) – and forms part of a regional project to outreach and disseminate the recommendations from the WACD report, as well as being part of the collaborative efforts to create a West African CSO Drug Policy Network.
To this end, we will be speaking to two high-level participants who can help us better-understand the concepts; challenges; opportunities around civil society participation in drug policy in West Africa. In many respects, this two-day meeting is blazing the trail on this kind of discussion, and we are certain to build on it over time.
Also in the show, we will speak to Marjorie Abdin of the CAADP National Team to give us an insight into some of the challenges bedeviling that team as it seeks to promote the AU’s CAADP programme on agriculture. What are the challenges, and opportunities that need to be confronted?
Join us if you can at 1pm on 10 February, 2015.
Guests in the studio:
Ø Jamie Bridge, Senior Policy & Operations Manager, International Drug Policy Consortium, UK
Ø Adeolu Ogunrombi, Commissioner, West African Commission on Drugs
Ø Kobby Blay, EbolaWatch @14h30
On the line:
· Marjorie Abdin , Federation of Associations of Ghanaian Exporters/CAADP National Team @13h20