The WADPI program has chalked numerous successes following the first batch of trainings in July 2015 for Ghana and Benin. It set out to train 17 West and Central African countries and was successful in conducting 3-week training sessions for 14 partner nations comprising over 918 participants. Collectively, participants from Member States trained on the WADPI Curricula constitute 16% females and 84% of males.


The successes of WADPI have been inclined towards the attainment of the set goals and objectives of the training. Key achievement include:

 • Having ECOWAS as a regional body to champion and lead WADPI is a tremendous success
 • Successful conduct and delivery of training for 918 participants from 14 countries (Ghana, Benin, Togo, Senegal, Burkina Faso, la Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Cameroon, The Gambia, Guinea and Sierra Leone) in line with WADPI projections
• Delivery of course content as developed during the curriculum review
• Transitioning of training from primarily U.S facilitators to 100% African instructors in most of the courses
• Delivered course content based on cultural understanding of each PN
• Impartation of knowledge and provision of post training follow-up and support to PNs
• Engagement of key stakeholders in the disaster management machinery of PNs throughout the entire process
• Development of course content based on lessons learned from the recent Ebola outbreak
• Strengthening PNs’ capacities towards disaster preparedness while promoting a regional model • Promotion of effective, whole-of-government responses to disasters by strengthening the capabilities of the national disaster management agencies across the region
• Assisting PNs to establish and implement an all-hazards approach to disaster preparedness and response management
• Creating an enabling forum for increased interaction among PNs in disaster preparedness and management
• Recruitment and retention of recognized experts in disaster management across West Africa
• Replication of WADPI training at the national level e.g. Liberia National Coordination Exercise which trained more than 450 across 15 counties
• ECOWAS process of adopting the curriculum, in ECOWAS edifice for future use across other regions

Building and sustaining relationships between U.S Government Agencies, KAIPTC, ECOWAS and member countries towards enhanced partnership in disaster management