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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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


Nigeria: Matters arising from the Voting Phase during the Nigeria 2015 Presidential and National Assembly Elections

29 March, 2015

Introduction: Several polling units across the country opened later than scheduled. The delay was occasioned by the late arrival of election officials and materials; this caused a lot of anxiety among voters as well as an overlap of procedures in many polling units including those in Abuja. However, the conduct of voters in response to this has been largely peaceful. The turnout and enthusiasm of voters across Nigeria is highly commendable despite concerns that the election will be marred by violence.

Nigeria: Election Eve Update

27 March, 2015

In a few hours, Nigerians will be going to the polls to vote for a President and members of the National Assembly. The election tomorrow will be a straight fight between the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples’ Democratic Party.

Vacancy Announcement: Research and Documentation Officer

24 March, 2015

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to strengthen civil society in the region through capacity enhancement, knowledge management and policy influencing.

WACSI Executive Director Receives Symbolic Gift from CSLI Participants in Recognition of WACSI's Excellence and Exemplary Leadership (photo: WACSI)

CSLI Participants Commend WACSI for Demonstrating Excellent Leadership Standards

24 March, 2015

WACSI’s formidable excellence as a unique centre for learning and sharing within civil society in West Africa was evident in the just ended Civil Society Leadership Institute that was organised from March 9 to 20, 2015 at the Institute’s Training Centre in Accra.

Olusola (seated first from right) with other participants on graduation day (photo: WACSI)

Olusola Owonikoko Shares his Impressions after CSLI 2015

24 March, 2015

About 2 weeks ago, 20 civil society professionals from across West Africa gathered to learn and discuss about what is arguably the number one issue that continues to undermine our collective development as a region: ‎LEADERSHIP.

Participants were full of praise for WACSI (photo: WACSI)

Message of Gratitude from CSLI Participants to Ford Foundation and WACSI

24 March, 2015


We are empowered,

We are equipped with skills and tools for social change,

We are happy.

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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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