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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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


Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 15-31 January 2017

21 March, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. Regarding the situation in the Gambia for example, the West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF), a regional civil society group called to embark on a peaceful civil disobedience against President Jammeh’s regime until he relinquishes power. In a statement delivered at a press conference at its secretariat in Abuja, WACSOF called on the international community to make sure Mr. Jammeh respects the wish of the people of the Gambia and hand over to Mr. Barrow.

The situation report also covers Mali, where the Association de la cellule des sans voix (ACSV) called for the mobilisation of the actors of social movements to support the magistrates in their fight for an independent and fair justice system.

These and many more interesting civil society news updates feature in this edition of the civil society situation report.

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An Eye on the Next Generation of Civil Society Leaders

16 March, 2017

“By the end of this programme, I believe I will have enough knowledge, skills and relationships to set up a structure that would work for better gender equality in Africa.” These are the words of Kadiatou Keita, a recruit in WACSI’s internship programme.

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Call for Research Fellowship

09 March, 2017

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with the support from Ford Foundation and Rockdale Foundation is inviting applications to its maiden research fellowship programme which aims to promote leadership and governance for civil society in West Africa. This short-term fellowship (90 days) is an action-oriented initiative targeted at young researchers. Three young research fellows between the age brackets of 20-35 would be selected and be supported to conduct research on a specific area of civil society leadership and governance while taking into cognizance practitioner experiences.

Call for Contributions: Upcoming ISTRAN Newsletters

09 March, 2017

The International Society for Third Sector Research Africa Network (ISTRAN) is a community of scholars, practitioners and policy makers who share an interest in and concern for civil society organisations (CSOs), the form they take, their role and how they function on the African content. Network members only have the opportunity to meet at the biennial regional conference and sometimes at the international ISTR conference, which also takes place every other year. As a result, they have limited opportunities to share information and be updated on developments in the field.
The purpose of the ISTRAN newsletter, among others, is to try and address this shortcoming by providing a more frequent and accessible platform for members to share their opinions and research. It is also a platform for members to share and receive information about civil society related developments, relevant research, new and/or interesting publications as well as available opportunities.

The ISTRAN secretariat, therefore, invites you to contribute to the upcoming April and July newsletters

Part Time Job Opportunity: Call Centre Managers

26 February, 2017

Savana Signatures, an NGO based in the Northern and Volta Regions of Ghana has opened a vacancy for self-motivated, energetic and youth friendly individuals to occupy a part-time job as Call Centre Managers under its Sexual Health Education Plus (SHE+) platform. The SHE+ platform is a youth-centred platform that provides young people with evidence-based Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information, education and linkage to services through Voice call, SMS and Social Media. The job location is Tamale in the Northern Region and applicants should be between the ages of 23-30 years.

Vacancy Position Programme Officer-WACSOF

26 February, 2017

Duty Station: Abuja, Nigeria
Reporting to: General Secretary, WACSOF
Application deadline: March 17th, 2017

The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) is a platform for the aggregation of civil society agency, interests, and interventions across the 15 states of West Africa. It was founded in 2003 with the sole purpose of channelling civil society energies towards complimenting the regional integration and development agenda of the ECOWAS System Institutions. (

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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