West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism
The West Africa Centre for Counter Extremism (WACCE) is an independent, not-for-profit and non-religious civil society organization based in Ghana focused on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and radicalization through research and outreach in West Africa. WACCE’s research works are primarily intended at helping in bringing clarity to the subject of counter-radicalization and extremism, serving as policy guidance and as contribution to effective State and regional counter terrorism policy. WACCE was founded in 2014 in Accra, Ghana, in response to the increasing number of West Africans and Ghanaians succumbing to the allure of ISIS, Boko Haram and other similar terrorist ideals.
WACCE works to engage with the local community, youth groups, parents, teachers, associations and the religious community in countering the local economic, social, cultural, religious, ideological and political underpinnings of radicalization and violent extremism. This is done through research and outreach programs with the overall objective of reducing terrorist recruitment, reducing sympathy for terrorist campaign or rhetoric, dissuading vulnerable individuals from sliding into the gulf of violent extremism and building community and social resilience against terrorism.
WACCE since 2014 has conducted research and published its findings in the area of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, terrorism in West Africa and produce a regular quarterly and annual security report on Ghana. Some of these are published by the Africa Defense Forum magazine, a magazine produced by the Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. The organization has also been involved in local community counter-radicalization programs in the local communities in Ghana where the youth are educated on potential sources of radicalization and how to counter them.
WACCE is managed by a largely youthful team of professionals from diverse areas of expertise ranging from Information Communications Technology (ICT), Management, Communications to International Security and Terrorism. Typically many of our team members who are largely volunteers are very connected to the local community, which helps to make WACCE the pulse of the local community regarding security threats.
Our mission is to create a sustainable environment of peace anchored on the values of cultural diversity, tolerance and pluralistic society through effective and direct engagement with the local community, youth groups, parents, teachers, associations and the religious community in countering the local economic, social, cultural, religious, ideological and political underpinnings of radicalization and violent extremism.
To create a sustainable environment of peace anchored on the values of cultural diversity, tolerance and pluralistic society