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


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West Africa: Our Complex Challenge

05 January, 2018

I recently read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, a book about collective responsibility on “how to get things right.” A surgeon, Gawande posits it is the combination of skills and expertise while following due diligence on each of the cases presented in the surgery room that makes a difference in the patient’s life. 

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Promoting Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions as Enablers for Inclusive Sustainable Development in West Africa

19 December, 2017

Sustainable Development Goal  (SDG) 16 is foundational to achieving all the other SDGs. This article analyses how this can be achieved, creating a domino effect of other SDG achievements. 

"Adopted in September 2015, as a replacementfor the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are envisioned as a continuation of the MDGs with a more comprehensive and holistic approach to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all”1. The development agenda sets out 17 ambitious goals with key targets and indicators that will serve as guidelines for the accomplishment of the goals. Goal 16 focuses on peace, justice and strong institutions and is aimed at: a) promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development;b) providing access to justice for all; and c) building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels."

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Stories of Change- CSLI

11 December, 2017

This publication showcases leadership stories from various communities within West Africa. The stories highlight the growth and influence of young West Africans leaders who continue to shape the development of their various organisations and communities. The publication reveals their abilities to lead themselves, lead others, transform organisations and influence society. The publication is a product of CSLI organised by the West Africa Civil Society Institute with support from Ford Foundation West Africa.

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Strengthening ECOWAS: A citizen’s responsibility

07 December, 2017

Free movement of West African citizens is a right that other African regions have started to recognize has an integral part of transforming the African continent. Moreover, with a common tariff system, 200 million citizens from Dakar, Senegal to Maiduguri, Nigeria benefit from a custom union, which is an important step towards establishing a common market. Transportation within the region remains a challenge that might create the perception that we are not yet a community where goods and services produced within national borders are made available to all people beyond those borders.

Civil Society Situation Report 15 Oct- 15 Nov,2017

05 December, 2017

Civil society in West Africa, Cameroon and Chad continued to pursue divergent mandates and face unique challenges, as reflected in the diversity of the population, and the political, economic and social realities of the countries of the region. Nonetheless, general trends can be observed in the activities of civil society across West Africa, as citizens continue to demonstrate their awareness level through their increased demand for change in governance, socioeconomic benefits, free and fair elections, security and social justice.

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Social Accountability Guidebook

05 December, 2017

The Social Accountability Guidebook for CSOs is a learning resource that is intended to support the building of a community of practice of social accountability practitioners, advocates, and champions in West Africa. The Guidebook presents case studies of social accountability initiatives from the West African sub-region, interspersed with definitions of terminologies related to the concept. It is intended to deepen understanding and foster appreciation of the concept of social accountability, its potential for strengthening accountability in the sub-region, and the challenges that may be encountered in implementing social accountability initiatives in West African country contexts. It is hoped that the Guidebook will serve as a catalyst for further development and tailoring of the concept of social accountability to the West African context, by CSOs, development practitioners, local and central government agencies, the donor community, and all others who are interested in advancing accountability in West Africa.
The guidebook is a product of a regional shared learning workshop organised by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)

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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