The ECOWAS stabilisation fund: building peace and preventing crises

Fund for Regional Stabilisation and Development in Fragile Regions within ECOWA

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country

    Nigeria, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Togo, Benin

  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2022 to 2025

  • Products and expertise

    Security, reconstruction, peace

Trainees standing at a fish smoking facility in The Gambia.


The region of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) faces a multitude of challenges. For example, climate change is leading to seasonal droughts, high water levels and floods. This causes crop failures, worsens food security and reduces opportunities to generate income. Armed terrorist groups are also weakening the region and increasing migration flows. Conflicts particularly impact young people and women. To raise their resilience, they require support in improving their employment situation and future prospects. The ECOWAS Commission is striving to address these challenges with measures that are specifically tailored to prevent conflicts and crises.


The ECOWAS Commission and selected member states have improved their skills in order to stabilise the region economically and socially.


In cooperation with KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau), the project is setting up a funding mechanism for the ECOWAS Commission. The fund is a flexible and effective instrument to support stabilisation in selected ECOWAS member states.

The project is also supporting the ECOWAS Commission in developing country- and context-specific measures to prevent crises and conflicts.

In selected ECOWAS member states such as The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Benin and Togo, the project is also implementing measures to improve employability and income opportunities for young people and women, as well as to strengthen social cohesion.

A prospective trainer signs a Memorandum of Cooperation with the ECOWAS Stabilisation Fund in Guinea-Bissau.

Last update: March 2024

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