A participative think tank for West Africa
WATHI, a new civil society organization focusing on West Africa, intends to be an inclusive, multidisciplinary and innovative citizen think tank. WATHI offers an interactive platform to all interested and capable individuals concerned about West Africa’s future.
This organization is for those who wish to contribute to the acceleration of the political, institutional, social, and cultural changes needed to make the region a better place. This change can occur through knowledge creation and dissemination, experience sharing, and collective action.
An extended definition of West Africa
WATHI adopts a flexible definition of West Africa which includes the 15 member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as countries linking ECOWAS to bordering African regions, namely Cameroon, Chad and Mauritania.
WATHI’s perspective remains a pan-African one, with an interest in stimulating similar platforms in the other regions of the continent and strengthening collaborative thinking and action between actors of change in all of the regions.
An online collaborative platform
During its first phase, WATHI will focus on its website to create and disseminate knowledge, ideas, and policy proposals on crucial regional issues.
WATHI does not intend to be an academic research centre or an elitist club; rather it is a laboratory of ideas open to contributions from a wide network of citizens who care about the current and future state of West Africa.
A multilingual platform to break linguistic barriers in West Africa
The website is open to articles and commentaries from citizens, diaspora from the countries of the WATHI Region and all those interested in that part of the world. You are encouraged to contribute articles to the website in the three official languages of the extended West Africa region, French, English and Portuguese. One of the key objectives of WATHI is to break the linguistic barriers within West Africa. Your contributions in all main languages of the region will be key in fostering unity, solidarity, and mutual interest within the region.