About Us WATSA
The West African Transportation Safety Association [WATSA] aims to contribute to an efficient, effective and safe transport system. It brings together organisations
to harness the potential of civil society and to build a
strong, collective voice to address the needs and concerns
of citizens on transport issues. Created in 1988 and
presently we work in 12 countries within the region
Citizen mobilisation and support
Sector monitoring, advocacy and influence
Coalition building and institutional development.
Our vision: An efficient and safe transport system for West Africa
Our mission: To contribute to an efficient, effective and safe transport system in West Africa through a strong civil society voice.
Our Core Values:
Why was WATSA formed ?
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in West Africa play a key role in various sectors - from monitoring government programmes, to advocating for better alternatives, to solving community problems. But a limted number of organisations work in the transport sector, and those who face capacity constraints. CSO have a largely been working indepedently of each other to date, resulting in a duplication of activities and limited overall impact.
The Infrastructure sector consumes huge public funds, but complex road and other transport projects are generally seen as a 'no go area' for CSO' and the citizens. Access to information remains limited often due to the centralised management of these projects. Weak citizen participation opens the way to potential corruption, inefficient use of the funds and poor service delivery.
WATSA was formed to empower citizens in West Africa to participate fully in governance of the transport through collective civil society action.