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Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 16-31 July 2016

10 August, 2016

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report.

In Accra-Ghana for example, Civil Society Organizations and Business Entities met to discuss the implications of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) in the country. The meeting served as a unique platform for participants to discuss the various issues concerning the EPAs, which have culminated into a thorny debate between opponents of the agreement and those in favour of it, and to help the government finally take an informed position on the matter before signing the document.

The situation report also covers the signature in Liberia of the revised Code of Conduct (COC) for CSOs desirous of conducting civic voter education for the 2017 presidential and legislative elections by the National Elections Commission (NEC). The COC sets the standards and core values that all CSOs must adhere to in order to operate lawfully in Liberia.

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

Botswana Civil Society Solidarity Coalition for Zimbabwe (BOCISCOZ) Press Statement on the Current Human Rights Situation in Zimbabwe

28 July, 2016

The Botswana Civil Society Solidarity Coalition for Zimbabwe (BOCISCOZ) facilitated by Botswana Council of Churches (BCC), Botswana Council of NGOs (BOCONGO), Botswana Sectors of Education and Trade Union (BOSETU), DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights and MISA – Botswana Chapter, is concerned about the police brutality, in response to the ongoing civil protests in Zimbabwe.

Participants with the facilitator and coordination team after the training (photo: )

Enhancing Practitioners’ Capacity to Track Results through Monitoring and Evaluation Training

28 July, 2016

The Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation course by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was designed and delivered to empower participants with the capacity to develop project-related monitoring and evaluation tools, competencies and system. It enables the participants to professionally assess the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of their organisations’ projects, interventions and performances and think through practical and feasible ways of realising these in their future interventions.

Dr Jean-Luc Mure, Head of Cooperation,Embassy of France in Ghana and Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, Executive Director,WACSI (photo: )

Embassy of France and WACSI Partner to Strengthen Civil Society Organisations in Ghana

25 July, 2016

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the Embassy of France in Ghana, have signed an agreement spanning a three-year period; from August 2016 to October 2018, to strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Ghana.

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 01-15 July 2016

19 July, 2016

This edition of the situation report captures a wide variety of civil society news in West Africa. In Abuja-Nigeria for example, West African experts on epidemiology and drug use met on 13-14 July to examine the growing occurrence of illicit drug supply, use and dependence in the West African region. The outcome of this meeting is expected to improve the capacity of experts in the generation, collection, organization and dissemination of drug-related data, at the regional level. In The Gambia, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) participated in a seminar with The Women’s Bureau to discuss issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The situation report also covers the call made by the executive director of the Sustainable Development Network, Liberia Incorporated (SDN-Liberia) on the government and civil society organizations to begin the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
These and many more interesting civil society news updates feature in this edition of the civil society situation report.

Lomé Declaration

10 July, 2016

From 28 to 29 June 2016, West African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Networks participated in a Regional Consultation on strengthening dialogue among regional networks in West Africa. This was organized by the Network of Central and West African NGOs Platforms (REPAOC) and facilitated by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), in Lomé (Togo).

Read the full declaration here.

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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