The SPIDER project is a support received from Swedish Development Agency SIDE through Stockholm University to WATRA for the capacity building of WATRA members.

In 2018 an agreement has been between the Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions (SPIDER), located at the Department of Computer and System Sciences (DSV), Stockholm University, and the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly ( WATRA), on which WATRA agree to perform, and SPIDER agrees to grant a financial contribution for the implementation of the project to support to participants of the round 2018A of the capacity building programme “ICT Regulation – Policy and Practice” in their implementation of change initiatives.

In 2018 two (2) countries have selected for the project running between 2018-05-20 and 2019-02-28.  Three participants from NCC Nigeria with one project and two participants from LTA Nigeria with two (2) projects have been sponsored. They attended the two weeks training in Stockholm and 3 day evaluation workshop in Kigali (Rwanda) in September 2018 with the financial support of SPIDER.

In 2019, the following countries will join the project: BENIN, BURKINA FASO, COTE D’IVOIRE, GUINEE, LIBERIA, MALI and NIGER.