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Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 1-15 March 2017

07 April, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. Regarding the situation in Nigeria for example, a civil society group known as International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (INTERSOCIETY) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to compensate victims of rights violations in the country the sum of $5 billion. The group made the call while presenting its report of alleged human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings committed by the Buhari administration in the past 20 months. The organisation called on the Buhari-Federal Government of Nigeria to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the heinous crimes within the period under review.

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 15-28 February 2017

30 March, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Ghana, the campaign to substantially reduce unsafe abortions, particularly among young women in the Brong-Ahafo Region, has intensified. The spearheaded by Global Hands on Natural Environmental Care (GHANECare), a non-profit organization – working to promote women, children and youth rights to basic social services, with support from Mennion Daniel’s Limited – a multilateral funding agency. Unacceptably high percentage of illegal abortions continue to be seen in the country. 

 The situation report also covers Benin.  The NGO Groupe d’action pour le progrès et la paix  and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (Osiwa) have set up a project to ease the overcrowded civilian prisons of Benin and improve the lives of detainees.  

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

Situation Report, Civil Society in West Africa, 1-15 February,2017

29 March, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Liberia, the non-governmental sector shows that Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) depend on international donors for funding to support their respective projects. Subah-Belleh Associates, along with Management Systems International (MSI), launched the CSOs' Sustainability Index for sub-Saharan Africa, a model instituted by USAID to study the strength and overall viability of the CSO sector in each West African country. The report recorded that Liberia's CSOs scored 5.9 out of 7.0 on sustainability- a mark which also indicates that their sustainability was impeded. 

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 15-31 January 2017

21 March, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. Regarding the situation in the Gambia for example, the West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF), a regional civil society group called to embark on a peaceful civil disobedience against President Jammeh’s regime until he relinquishes power. In a statement delivered at a press conference at its secretariat in Abuja, WACSOF called on the international community to make sure Mr. Jammeh respects the wish of the people of the Gambia and hand over to Mr. Barrow.

The situation report also covers Mali, where the Association de la cellule des sans voix (ACSV) called for the mobilisation of the actors of social movements to support the magistrates in their fight for an independent and fair justice system.

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

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An Eye on the Next Generation of Civil Society Leaders

16 March, 2017

“By the end of this programme, I believe I will have enough knowledge, skills and relationships to set up a structure that would work for better gender equality in Africa.” These are the words of Kadiatou Keita, a recruit in WACSI’s internship programme.

WACSeries Volume 2, Issue 2: Decriminalising Drug Use: Why It Is Important for Ghana

16 February, 2017

WACSeries are analytical periodic write‐ups on topical themes and issues relevant to West Africa. These write‐ups provide experts, researchers and practitioners a space to reflect, analyse and posit views and recommendations on emerging issues and debates.

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: resourcecentre@wacsi.org.

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