International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

ECOWAS, the Media and Peace in West Africa: The Case of Ghana Nicholas Okai

West Africa has witnessed several disturbing conflicts in contemporary times. Most of these conflicts have resulted in the destruction of whole countries and the displacement of thousands of people. In order to help prevent the occurrence of such conflicts, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), began the implementation of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) in 2008. This paper assesses the implementation of the media component of the framework in Ghana (a Member State of the regional body). The findings imply that, there will be the need to undertake some major actions to ensure that the policy achieves its intended impact. The paper recommends streamlining of the training for media personnel; a look at their conditions of service; accesses to working capital in the sector; and a critical look at issues bordering on media ethics.

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