The Role of Parliaments in Preventing Armed Violence in West Africa: Prospects and Challenges

Using thematic and interpretive analysis, this study examines the role West African Parliamentarians have played in addressing armed violence in their respective countries and the challenges encountered. Based on their experiences, policy responses have been formulated to guide action. The study catalogues activities and programs undertaken by Parliaments and confirms that they function best within their designated roles; a number of challenges however, negatively affect their efforts. Some of these are the lack of effective support facilities including predictable funding for field visits and monitoring activities, excessive partisanship and over politicisation of issues, which undermine consensus building as well as strong executives, many of whom covertly interfere with parliamentary work.

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