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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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


Ms. Theo Sowa, Executive Director of the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) (photo: WACSI)

Civil Society Organisations Called Upon to Uphold Integrity

22 April, 2016

A women’s rights activist Ms Theo Sowa has stressed that civil society organisations must be accountable while trying to hold authorities to account, and they ought to maintain the highest standards of transparency and integrity.

Participants in a group at the 3rd ISTR Conference (photo: )

Civil Society Actors Brainstorm at 3rd ISTR Conference

22 April, 2016

About fifty (50) civil society players from many different countries in Africa have converged in Accra for the 3rd International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) Africa Regional Network conference.

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ECOWAS Charges Civil Society Organisations on Transparency and Accountability

22 April, 2016

More impetus is being given to civil society organisations in West Africa on transparency and accountability in governance with the establishment of the ECOWAS-Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) platform.

YALI Fellows with their facilitators (photo: WACSI)

YALI Fellows Reinforce Their Civic Leadership

18 April, 2016

Forty-six Fellows of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) under the Civic Leadership track went through a two-day training on Leadership and Governance  and Civil Society Sustainability.

West African CSOs to increase roles in regional development plan

15 April, 2016

Civil society actors in member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have together resolved to deepen civil society participation in the sub-region’s medium term development plan – the ECOWAS Community Strategic Framework, 2016 to 2020.

Civil Society Situation Report March 16-31,2016

14 April, 2016

The Civil Society Situation Report is a bi-weekly synopsis of news articles compiled by WACSI on civil society and citizen engagement across West Africa. It serves as a tool to monitor the trends and changes in both fields across the regions.

Access the situation report 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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