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

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Liberia, the non-governmental sector shows that Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) depend on international donors for funding to support their respective projects. Subah-Belleh Associates, along with Management Systems International (MSI), launched the CSOs' Sustainability Index for sub-Saharan Africa, a model instituted by USAID to study the strength and overall viability of the CSO sector in each West African country. The report recorded that Liberia's CSOs scored 5.9 out of 7.0 on sustainability- a mark which also indicates that their sustainability was impeded. 

The situation report also covers Nigeria, where CSOs condemned the use of religion to destabilize the country. The Center for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) condemned the upsurge in inflammatory utterances around religious differences. It is now a national challenge that must be addressed quickly, stressing that “unguarded” utterances by religious leaders in the country has worsened tensions in the country.

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

The Civil Society Situation Report is a bi-monthly synopsis of news articles compiled by WACSI on civil society and citizen engagement across West Africa. It serves as a tool to monitor the trends and changes in both fields across the regions.

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