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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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


Not Just in Transit: Drugs, the State and Society in West Africa

18 June, 2014

An Independent Report of the West Africa Commission on Drugs

The report is the culmination of one and a half years of engagement by the Commission with national, regional and international parties including the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is informed by a series of background papers, drafted by leading experts from Africa and beyond.

West African Advocacy Fellowship on Drug Policy Reform

16 June, 2014

The Open Society Global Drug Policy Program and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa invite applications for the 2014 West African Advocacy Fellowship Program on Drug Policy Reform. Fellows will be hosted by the drug policy organization Release in London.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2014.

West Africa Civil Society Situation Report - 13 June, 2014

13 June, 2014

The West Africa Civil Society Situation Report is a weekly compilation of news articles on civil society and citizen engagement across West Africa. It serves as a tool to monitor trends and changes in both fields across the region.

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Trainees Commend WACSI as the Institute Deepens their Understanding of RtoP

06 June, 2014

After a successfully delivered training on the Responsibility to Protect norm for civil society practitioners and the media in West Africa, trainees could not hide their satisfaction.

Ghanaian journalists at the training (L-R) Emelia Aryee, Elvis Adjetey, Pamela Ofori-Boateng (photo: WACSI)

Civil Society and Media Trained on RtoP

06 June, 2014

25 civil society practitioners and media personnel from 12 West African countries were schooled on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) norm from May 26 to 30, 2014.

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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