From 1997 to March 2018, WAIFEM made a total of 651 capacity building interventions in pursuit of its mandate. Of these events, 560 or 86.0 percent represents knowledge and skills upgrading through training courses / workshop / seminars while 91 or 14.0 percent represented missions (needs assessment and follow-up) and other capacity building-related activities, such as progress review meetings and impact assessment surveys/studies. A total of 17,588 participants benefited from the programme. Of the total 17,588 participants that benefited from the programmes executed, Nigeria accounted for 7,099 or 40.3 percent, Ghana 3,434 or 19.5 percent, and The Gambia 2,634 or 15.0 percent. The number of participants from Sierra Leone was 2,405 or 13.7 percent of the attendees; socio-political situation in Liberia adversely influenced its low participation rate of 1,402 or 8.0 percent of the total. Non-regional participants began to take advantage of the existence of the Institute with them accounting for 614 attendees or 3.5 percent (See Graghs and Table below for additional details).