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Job Vacancy Consultant- Senior Advisor: The African Institute for Integrated Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls and HIV/AIDS (AIR

17 May, 2017

Are you passionate about women’s rights in Africa, and embrace African women’s diversities?
Do you have experience of managing funding from governmental donor agencies?
Are you ready to contribute to building a cutting-edge grants portfolio advancing activism around African women’s bodily rights, economic justice, political voice and leadership?

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Next Generation Internship Programme 2nd Call for Application Work-Based Internship Programme

17 May, 2017

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with support from the Ford Foundation is inviting young West Africans, either fresh graduates or early career professionals, seeking work experience in WACSI’s core areas of work to apply for its 6 months’ work-based Internship Programme running from July to December 2017.

The 6 months’ internship programme also includes a 1-month placement (externship) in another civil society organisation that focuses on a specific theme of interest to the intern to enable the intern gain specific knowledge and experience in working in that thematic area.

WACSI is currently seeking 3 interns interested in gaining experience in civil society sector and also support WACSI in its core areas of work including 1) Capacity Development, 2) Policy Influencing and 3) Advocacy and Knowledge Management from July to December 2017. Each intern will be assigned to one of the three main units of the Institute.

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 1-15 April 2017

09 May, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Niger, for example, civil society and government opposition forces manifested in the streets of Niamey. They denounced poor governance, difficulties in the school sector and the presence of foreign military bases. This is the second time that civil society and opposition, after a long legal battle with power, came together under a common cause.

The situation report also covers Ghana, where three organisations have joined forces to launch a three-year road safety programme in selected schools in the country, to secure the safety of children as they walk to and from school daily.

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

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 15 – 30 April 2017

04 May, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Guinea, PROJED and French civil society actors discuss the issue of promoting renewal and alteration for youth and women in civil society organisation.

The situation report also covers Ghana, where the West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is organising the second edition of its leadership programme, the Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI) to strengthen leadership, thinking and practice in West Africa. The programme was designed to strengthen the capacity of mid-level managers within civil society in the region, to effect social change.

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

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

20 April, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Senegal, for example, as a prelude to the legislative elections to be held in July 2017, civil society is trying to raise public awareness of the importance of quickly registering on the electoral roll. To be able to vote, Senegalese citizens must register on the electoral roll and obtain a new voter's card, which will also serve as a national identity card and identification card for the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Registration is open from October to the end of April.

The situation report also covers Benin, where civil society organizations are trying to better understand the dispositions of the proposed constitutional amendment to guide their actions.

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

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 1-15 March 2017

07 April, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. Regarding the situation in Nigeria for example, a civil society group known as International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (INTERSOCIETY) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to compensate victims of rights violations in the country the sum of $5 billion. The group made the call while presenting its report of alleged human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings committed by the Buhari administration in the past 20 months. The organisation called on the Buhari-Federal Government of Nigeria to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the heinous crimes within the period under review.

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.

For more info please contact us: resourcecentre@wacsi.org.

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