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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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


Terms of Reference: Africa Hub Coordinator– Civil Society Innovation Initiative

18 November, 2016

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of members and partners constituting an influential network of organisations at local, national, regional and international levels, spanning the spectrum of civil society. CIVICUS seeks to amplify the voices and opinions of ordinary people, giving expression to the enormous creative energy of the burgeoning civil society sector.

Advertisement – Head of Movement Africans Rising For Justice, Peace & Dignity

18 November, 2016

10 November 2016
As Head of Movement your task is to build on the consensus points of Africans Rising to date and inspire the building of a Pan-African movement of the future.

You will be part of an African team to promote and strengthen the effectiveness of African solidarity and integration, bringing together networks to build trust and cooperation amongst citizens and civil society leaders, for reflection and experience sharing in pursuit of the ultimate goal of eradicating poverty and injustice. The role will require you to provide leadership in the development of Africans Rising through the interlinked objectives in the Africans Rising vision document and, the Kilimanjaro Declaration.

This opportunity will appeal to an outstanding performer with the ability to lead a highly motivated and remotely dispersed team and, work creatively with the tensions and contestations of the diverse membership

The Global Change Leaders 2017 in Canada in: Camps | 14.10.2016

08 November, 2016

Deadline: 15 November 2016
Open to: Emerging women leaders from developing countries
Scholarship: Fully funded ( the cost of economy-class travel, tuition, room, and board)

Established in 2011, the Global Change Leaders Program is a seven-week education program offered by Coady Institute’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership. This program enables women from developing countries to strengthen their leadership capacities in order to contribute to innovation and change in their organizations and communities. Program participants engage in learning grounded in real world experiences and focused on Coady’s core thematic areas. Through a shared learning environment with other emerging women leaders from around the world, participants are exposed to a range of experiences and the beginnings of a potentially lifelong network of support.

Request for Expression of Interest: Process Facilitator for Deliberations on the State of the Human Rights Movement in Africa

08 November, 2016

A. Background
The human rights movement has reached a critical point with its achievements increasingly questioned by scholars. This raises the need for introspection on the future of the movement, utilizing a foresight approach rather than a predictive approach. The achievements of the human rights movement have been compared with past achievements such as the civil rights movement, end of apartheid and the end of colonialism, among others. On the other hand, questions of legitimacy, over legalisation, ownership, sustainability and relevance of the human rights movement are raised.

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 1st – 15th October 2016

03 November, 2016

The situation report highlights various civil society news across and beyond West Africa. This issue details the launch by Save the Children of a new report called “Every last girl: free to live, free to learn, free from harm”. This report ranked 144 countries in an index ranging from the best to the worst countries in which to be a girl, based on child marriage, schooling, teen pregnancy, maternal deaths and the number of female lawmakers. At the bottom of the list is Niger, where the rate of girls married before the age of 18 is around 76.3%. The situation report also covers the case of a Malian national arbitrarily detained in Mauritania for more than four years and sentenced to death on the basis of confessions obtained under torture. 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, 1st – 15th September 2016

07 October, 2016

Various citizen actions and civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. For example, a report released by the African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) and its partner, Public Eye, revealed that Swiss commodity trading firms are exploiting lax regulatory standards to sell “dirty fuel” to African consumers. The report shed light on the diesel sold in Africa which has a Sulphur content of more than 2,000 parts per million (ppm), with some laws allowing more than 5,000ppm of Sulfur content. This stands in contrast to European standards which allow no more than 10ppm of Sulphur present in diesel sold to European consumers. Elsewhere in the region, the situation report covers the commitment of civil society organizations in Sierra Leone to work with the Anti-Corruption Commission in their nationwide ‘Pay No Bribe’ campaign to fight widespread corruption in the country.

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

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: [email protected].

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