From 1997 to October 2018, WAIFEM made a total of 686 capacity building interventions in pursuit of its mandate. Of these events, 594 or 86.6 percent represents knowledge and skills upgrading through training courses / workshop / seminars while 92 or 13.4 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 18,432 participants benefited from the programme. Of the total 18,432 participants that benefited from the programmes executed, Nigeria accounted for 7,297 or 39.6 percent, Ghana 3,667 or 19.9 percent, and The Gambia 2,770 or 15.0 percent. The number of participants from Sierra Leone was 2,509 or 13.6 percent of the attendees; socio-political situation in Liberia adversely influenced its low participation rate of 1,560 or 8.5 percent of the total. Non-regional participants began to take advantage of the existence of the Institute with them accounting for 629 attendees or 3.4 percent (See Graghs and Table below for additional details).