The project is implemented by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). The project was conceived with respect to the ongoing political and economic challenges that have continuously hampered the regions progress, civil wars, political assassinations, ethnic bifurcation, increasing urbanisation and its consequences and increasing worsening climatic conditions. Of gravest concern have been the challenges the countries of the region face in respect of democratic consolidation owing mostly to the conduct of elections and political successions.

In 2015, 7 of these countries with a population of over 300 million people will be holding elections, this project will be looking at and documenting the prevalent and emerging trends in these countries so as to forestall any socio-political and economic challenges that may emerge pre and post elections in 2015. The project spans 7 countries and covers a period of 1 year.
An analysis of the narratives and trends shaping up the polity in the 7 seven countries will be done with the aim of helping shape and influence policy in these countries countries in the coming years
Objective: The projects objective is to contribute to peace and stability in West Africa.
Specific Objective:
• To analyse key democracy and governance trends in the focus countries;
• To analyse the likely triggers of conflict;
• To Identify the major challenges, threats, prospects, and opportunities linked to the state, elections, and democratic struggles;
• To examine the social vulnerability, population and demography of the states including the contestations over indentities;
• To draw possible scenarios, conflict management strategies and resilience of the countries concerned;
• To proffer recommendations.

Focus Countries: Togo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d’ Ivoire, Republic of Guinea, Mali and Niger.