Boubacar Thera is currently responsible for Programs in the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). He manages several programs including the Early Warning System, an integral part of ECOWAS architecture for peace and security; a project on human security that engages international organizations, civil society, youth and peace education practitioners; and WANEP-Mali, a network of sixty member organizations.
Thera is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Defenders Rights Network, where he chairs the group leading analysis and forecasting as part of a program for transitional justice in Mali. This program supported monitoring of nearly 1,000 serious violations of human rights that occurred in Mali between January 2012 and December 2014.
Mr. Yannick Legba BotÃ¨houssÃ¨ joined the National Police of Benin in 2008. He completed his training with a degree from a program sanctioned by the Police Commissioner, and currently holds the rank of 1st Class Police Commissioner. He has a Master in Statistics obtained at the National School of Applied Economics and Management in Cotonou. Before joining the police force of his home country, he worked in the health field as a Monitoring and Evaluation expert on behalf of the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in the central Benin. He currently holds the position of Head of the Department of Border Areas Security and Monitoring in the Beninese Agency for Integrated Management of Border Areas in the Ministry of Interior of Benin. In this role, he coordinates the operationalization of border security with the Security and Defense Forces. He is the training coordinator of the special unit of border surveillance and a member of the ACEC / FRONTEX intelligence community, a network for information sharing between experts from African countries and the European Union. He gives lectures as an expert in border security, and is supporting the US Institute of Peace in setting up the regional network on security sector development in Africa.
Boubacar Oumarou Yaye has been a practicing attorney since 2000, and became interested early in the issue of conflict management and promotion of peace in Niger.
From 2003 to 2005, he successfully completed a training qualification course in adult education and conflict transformation. Since then, he has been asked by various partners for training in conflict management, mediation, nonviolent communication, and on-the-ground actions for peace, including community dialogue processes. For the past few years, he has chaired the Nigerien network for nonviolent conflict management, with which he is currently working on a national project entitled "Promotion of citizen control of Security Governance in Niger", which is supported by the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
Yaye represents the Order of the Nigerien Lawyers in meetings on terrorism, violent extremism, and human rights in Niger organized by EUCAP Sahel with funding from the European Union.
Engineer Abdul Baset al-Kadi is an engineer and has been registered with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) as a defender of human rights. In 2011, he worked with the human rights division within UNSMIL to access detainees in order to document cases of torture and death under torture. Mr. al-Kadi is also a founding member of the National Committee for the Care of Prisoners and Prison Control. He is also a key partner in the campaign of âno legitimacy to any oppressor,â which targets forced detention, torture, and migration. Additionally, engineer Al-Qadi is the local partner for security and justice sector support project and works to support ownership rights. In 2013, he was a project director for the security and justice dialogue project in the city of Al-Zawiya in Libya. Mr. al-Kadi has a Training-of-Trainers certificate from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and from the Geneva Institute for Human Rights. He also participated in several activities aimed at creating non-traditional mechanisms to support the security and justice sector through Shura councils and reconciliation committees.
Dr. Adjaratou Wakha Aidara Ndiaye is the Executive Director of Partners West Africa - Center for Civic Collaboration, a member of the network of Partners for Democratic change. She has been a consultant to Partners West Africa since 2011, when she participated in the drafting of publications and projects. In 2013, she was one of the coordinators for the project "Promoting an inclusive approach to security in West Africa" that was hosted in Senegal, CÃ´te d'Ivoire, and Guinea, and funded by IDRC. From June 2014 to April 2015, she was the Coordinator of the Executive Committee of Partners West Africa, she took over the coordination of projects focused on the role of civil society in security sector reform in Guinea and Mali, which were funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Currently, she manages the project "Partners in Crime: Citizens and Police Working Together for Safety and Security in Guinea", a project funded by the US State Departmentâs Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and led by PDC and two other organizations. Dr. AÃ¯dara Ndiaye is a member of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN).