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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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


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Call for Papers: ISTR Africa Network Conference 2017

30 January, 2017

The broad aim of this conference is to kick-start the process of serious consideration of critical questions occupying the civil society-philanthropy interface such as; how can civil society organisations promote a culture of giving?

REPAOC Draws Lessons from the Gambian Presidential Elections

27 January, 2017


On 1st December 2016, the Gambian people elected their President in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia.
The ensuing confiscation of power by the outgoing President was a blatant violation of the protocol on good governance and democracy.
The numerous rounds of political negotiations under the auspices of Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and President of the
ECOWAS Conference of Heads of State and Governments, and HE Mr. Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and HE Mr. John Dramani
Mahama, former President of the Republic of Ghana, failed to resolve the post-electoral standoff and full restore constitutional legality.

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Call for Applications Civil Society Leadership Institute 2017

27 January, 2017

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with support from the Ford Foundation is inviting applications from qualified candidates to the 2017 Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI) for West Africans. This programme is designed in response to the need to consciously and consistently groom the next generation of civil society leaders in the region.

Movement for Solidarity with the People of South Sudan

25 January, 2017

Please join the movement for solidarity with the people of South Sudan as they embark on a national dialogue in search for peace. Kindly sign on and also forward/ share with your networks and members for them to sign on too. The deadline for signatures is 1300hrs Nairobi time 25 January 2017.

The open letter to the AU Heads of State & Government is African peoples’ solidarity with our brothers and sisters in South Sudan. We hope to get signatures from all regions of the continent and this will only be possible is you sign on and share with your networks and contacts

The letter endorsed by CSOs from South Sudan is available on Google Docs in English here. Please confirm your signature by 1300hrs Nairobi time on 25 January 2017 You may do this by writing your organisation’s name directly onto the letter, or by emailing me.

Please do not hesitate to contact Janah Ncube with your questions, concerns or advice. I hope that you can join us in this timely action for the people of South Sudan.

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WACSI Boosts Youth Leadership Thinking and Practice in West Africa

23 January, 2017

In 2014, IREX engaged WACSI in discussions about supporting the implementation of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in West Africa.Some 99 Fellows have undertaken internships and 147 Fellows have engaged with mentors. 40 Fellows have also been allocated speaking engagements on international and national platforms within Africa and abroad as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship programme in West Africa. Through this initiative, WACSI continues to be committed to pursuing a leadership agenda that is essential for West Africa’s development and outlook.

Text of The West African Civil Society Forum Delivered by the Acting General Secretary of WACSOF, Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani)

19 January, 2017

On the 1st of December 2016, Gambians went to the polls to vote for a president for the fifth time since current leader Yahya Jammeh came to power in a 1994 coup. Over the past 22 years, President Jammeh and the Gambian security forces have used enforced disappearances, torture, intimidation, and arbitrary arrests as well as summary executions to suppress the people of the Gambia in order to preserve Jammeh’s grip on power. Ahead of the December 2016 election, the government repeated these tactics, with a crackdown on opposition parties that extinguished all hopes for a free and fair election.

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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