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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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


Vacancy Announcement – Research and Documentation Officer

08 October, 2014

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to strengthen civil society in the region through capacity enhancement, knowledge management and policy influencing.

2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Application Now Available

07 October, 2014

The application period for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative, is now open.

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Vacancies in Oxfam West Africa Regional Center - Deputy Regional Director & Regional Humanitarian Coordinator

03 October, 2014

There are two exciting opportunities for experienced Deputy Regional Director and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator to join Oxfam’s West Africa Regional Management Team in Dakar.

Some of our interns, national youth service personnel and volunteers in 2012/13 (photo: WACSI)

Call for Research Intern

01 October, 2014

Established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa in 2005, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is a regional non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing the capacities of civil society organisations in West Africa toward greater sustainability and operational and development effectiveness.

Program Associate – West Africa | Search for Common Ground

30 September, 2014

Based in Washington, DC

The Organization

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 56 offices in 35 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with dedicated and enthusiastic staff who love their work. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

A Call to Action: Faith for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights Post 2015 Development Agenda

29 September, 2014

As we stand together under the auspices of the United Nations, we, people of faith, representatives of diverse faith-based development organizations, theological and other education centers and ecumenical bodies, recognize our role as cultural agents of change and providers of social services at the community, national, regional and global levels. We acknowledge our responsibility to safeguard the dignity and human rights of all people with our actions, our words and through our respective platforms.

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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