Annual meeting of the 2018 coordinations: the actors of the RAO commit themselves for a better protection of the children and the young migrants in West Africa

From 17 to 19 July 2018 was held in Lomé in the Togolese capital, the 14th annual meeting of the National Coordinations and Focal Points of the Network of West Africa for the Protection of Children (WAN). It is one of the most important annual events for civil society actors and public services to address issues related to the protection of children in mobility in the ECOWAS region and Mauritania. More than 70 participants took part in this meeting organized by the West Africa International Social Service (ISS-WA), the Organization of Coordination, Technical and Financial Support of the WAN. These include National Network Coordinators and WAN State Focal Points from 14 West African States, representatives of international organizations and NGOs, child and youth movements, traditional leaders , from ECOWAS and the Togolese authorities in charge of the protection of children who have said all the good they think about the WAN, the transnational mechanism for managing cases of vulnerable children on the move.

The operational results of the ROE for the year 2017, amply detailed in the ISS-WA 2017 Annual Report, were presented and discussed during the technical sessions. 1479 vulnerable children and young people on the move have benefited from transnational care services, from identification to voluntary socio-professional reintegration in a secure family environment. These beneficiaries are in the majority of the age group of 5 to 14 years.

Participants committed to more efforts in child protection services. They also congratulated themselves for these quantitative performances, but above all qualitative, marked by a clear improvement of the study of the personal situation of the identified children, with the listening of 80% of the cases in 2017, against 35% in 2016 and 33 % in 2015 and improved monitoring of reintegrated children.

The meeting of the 2018 coordinations ended on a note of satisfaction and commitment. The course is now set for next October in The Gambia, with the meeting of the Steering Committee (Copil) of the RAO, made up of National Directors in charge of Child Protection of the fifteen Member States of ECOWAS and Mauritania. The Copil is the supreme decision-making body of the RAO and meets once a year under the auspices of ECOWAS to make strategic decisions.

September 13, 2018