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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society


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


Situation Report August 1- 15,2017

18 September, 2017

In this edition of the West Africa civil society situation report, news and activities were captured in the various parts of the world.

In Ghana, the African Union Commission and the United Nations Develop­ment Programme (UNDP) held a policy dialogue aimed at finding ways to deepen gender equality in Africa. Subsequently, to promote gender equity and women land rights, the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has formed partnership with civil society and queen mothers to clos­e ties with citizens and traditional authorities. 

Agbobloshie (photo: Vice)

Re-Imagining the Transformation of our Communities

14 September, 2017

Innovation does not equate complex technology. Every day, communities across Africa find creative ways to contribute meaningfully to their lives with or without technology. Their challenges become a source of creativity that pushes them to try different approaches with common tools, limited resources and the will to live, and fashion opportunities to transform their lives. The world is a connection of value chains where one needs to carve out a niche.

Civil Society Situation Report 16-31 July,2017

28 August, 2017

In this second half of July edition of the West Africa civil society situation report, news and activities were captured in the various countries of the sub-region as well as at the continental and international levels.

Civil Society Situation Report 1-15 July,2017

28 August, 2017

In this first half of July edition of the West Africa civil societies situation report, news and activities were captured in the various parts of the region.

In Burkina Faso for example, the European Union fund¬ed an initiative to support civil society in its role as watchdog of the government. Where as in Cote D’Ivoire, the NGO Charite-Vie – with fund from Save the Children, trained civil society organizations in San Pedro in the domain of the Protection of Children.

In Guinea Bissau, government suspended Portuguese television and radio broadcasts stating their breach of the bilateral agreement on the media with Guinea as reason.

In Johannesburg, civil society organizations (Save South Africa (SaveSA) and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation) are organizing a conference aimed at tackling corruption as well as state capture. While in Hamburg, Germany, anti-globalization protesters, set dozens of cars on fire and tried to block leaders’ delegations from entering the grounds of the Group of 20 (G20) summit.

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Storymakers 2017

23 August, 2017

Techsoup is inviting Non-Profits to participate in the 2017 Storymakers competition and win some amazing prizes. A total of US $10,000 in cash prizes to award to Nonprofit organizations.

Civil Society Situation report June 16- 31,2017

21 August, 2017

n this edition of the situation report, civil society news and activities were captured in the various West African States.

In Togo for example, a coalition of civil society organisations known as the Association for the Fight Against Impunity in Togo (CICAT) made 14 recommendations geared towards the fight against torture, inhumane and degrading treatments to the Government of Togo. Where as In Ghana, civil society organizations were enjoined to build a national entity to sustain civil society actions without funding from foreign donors. Elsewhere, the Gambia Press Union (GPU) organized a training of trainers work¬shop to educate editors, senior journalists, heads of civil society organizations and activists on the Freedom of Expression.

In Mali, a coalition of civil society organizations continued their demand for the cancellation of a government plan to revise the Constitution. While in Ghana and Nigeria, there were protests and demonstrations by civil society actors were citizens are demanding for good governance.

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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