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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society


Updates on current activities and developments within the Institute and across the sub-region


The future of Africa lies in creating jobs to transform communities. (photo: )

Africa's Middle Class - A Time to Act

12 July, 2017

Without a shared vision of justice, a world without injustices is impossible. The noble ideal that we can eliminate injustices is a false hope sold to communities. This is often due to non-transformational approaches used to fight injustices. Job creation is the mechanism for social justice philanthropy to make a difference. As one considers the social determinants perpetuating injustices, the silver lining might be found in creating jobs, transforming communities’ engagement with their environment.

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The Spindle Supports the Global Goals Jam 2017 to stimulate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. “An attribution to solving

05 July, 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and MediaLAB Amsterdam, are presenting the

2nd edition of the #GlobalGoalsJam.

We are all looking for design/ prototype interventions for the Sustainable Development Goals

(SDG’s) and ask for local challenges that matter to you & your partner organisations.

In 2017 the Global Goals Jam will take place all over the world from the 15th till the 17th of

September .

Civil Society Situation Report May 16- 31 2017

05 July, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa is captured in this edition of the Situation Report.

In Burkina-Faso, a new coalition of civil society organisations was established to encourage leaders to take action against acts of violence and poor living conditions; especially for women and youth.

Multiple civil society organisations were central in launching the Africans Rising movement in various countries across West Africa; including Gambia, Ghana, and Sierra Leone. Some of the issues the movement hopes to address include human rights violations, corruption, and threats to the well-being of civil society.

The Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection hosted a conference called “Liberian Men; Stepping it Up for Gender Equality;” an all-male conference aimed at empowering men to do their part in promoting gender equality.

Guinea-Bissau continues to face conflict and scrutiny from citizens, civil society, and international organisations over the conditions under President José Mario Vaz.

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Transforming Africa Through Leadership

30 June, 2017

Leadership. This is one word, one quality that seems to have long evaded most of Africa. From dictators to pawns to blatantly self-interested figures, Africa has been plagued with a leadership that is more interested in the well-being of themselves and a select few than that of the many. This has led to a state of rampant corruption in government and business, lack of opportunities for young, driven individuals and weak institutions that have left our countries clutching at straws to stay afloat.

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ISTR PhD Seminar: Call for Applications

29 June, 2017

Deadline for Submissions is 29 September 2017

The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is pleased to announce the fourth ISTR PhD Seminar preceding the 13th International Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in July 2018. The ISTR PhD Seminar is a recurring event that takes place bi-annually in conjunction with the international conference.

Civil Society Situation Report May 1-15,2017

29 June, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report.

With support from the European Union and other civil society organisations, Sierra Leone launched a three-year program dedicated to training individuals and CSO’s on the importance of civic engagement in local communities.

World Press Freedom Day was celebrated on May 3. CSOs across West Africa took the opportunity to call upon the government to repeal laws obstructing press freedom as well as for civil society to stand up for its freedom of expression. Various countries celebrated the progress made in this area, but also lamented the challenges that still stand. In Sénégal, hundreds of media representatives marched in protest of the economic struggles that prevent journalists from being effective in their work.

Resource Centre

The Institute has a resource centre that is open to civil society actors in the region. It serves as a library of civil society documents, research reports and edited volumes that are accessible to both individuals and organisations. The Institute has partnered the Foundation Centre to provide online learning resources and a database of grant giving institutions in the United States of America.

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