From 1997 to May 2018, WAIFEM made a total of 661 capacity building interventions in pursuit of its mandate. Of these events, 570 or 86.2 percent represents knowledge and skills upgrading through training courses / workshop / seminars while 91 or 13.8 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 17,870 participants benefited from the programme. Of the total 17,870 participants that benefited from the programmes executed, Nigeria accounted for 7,132 or 39.9 percent, Ghana 3,537 or 19.8 percent, and The Gambia 2,672 or 15.0 percent. The number of participants from Sierra Leone was 2,453 or 13.7 percent of the attendees; socio-political situation in Liberia adversely influenced its low participation rate of 1,455 or 8.1 percent of the total. Non-regional participants began to take advantage of the existence of the Institute with them accounting for 621 attendees or 3.5 percent (See Graghs and Table below for additional details).