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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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


Job Opportunity: SADC Civil Society Expert

19 February, 2015

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and the Southern African Trust are seeking a SADC Civil Society Expert who has extensive experience working with civil society in the SADC region to undertake a mapping and analysis of civil society in the SADC region, and contribute to the development of a Sustainability Mechanism.

Three Journalists/Producers - West Africa Democracy Radio

18 February, 2015

The West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) is a regional radio station based in Dakar, Senegal. The radio is a spin-off of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) established in 2003 to protect and defend the ideals of democratic and open societies by disseminating development information through a network of community radios in the West African sub-region.

Participants at the workshop (photo: WACSI)

CSOs Reinforce Ties to Enhance Drug Policies in West Africa

16 February, 2015

Civil society organisations (CSOs) in West Africa have resolved to increase efforts towards the fight against drug trafficking and use in the region. They re-iterated their commitment during a two-day workshop from February 11 to 12, 2015 in Accra.

ECOWAS Statement on the Postponement of the General Elections in Nigeria

10 February, 2015

ECOWAS has noted the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to respectively postpone the Presidential and National Legislative elections scheduled to hold on 14 February to 28 March 2015, and the Gubernatorial and State Legislative elections from 28 February to 11 April 2015 as a result of the security challenges.

Press Release: CSOs to Strategise to Combat Drug Trafficking in West Africa

10 February, 2015

Accra, Ghana – The seeming recess of national conflicts, particularly civil war, provides a glimpse of hope that West Africa is gaining regional stability. However, a destructive new threat is jeopardizing this progress: with international drug cartels undermining West African countries and communities, and devastating lives. The trafficking of cocaine, estimated at 1.25 billion dollars, alone, exceeds the national budgets of many states in the region. 

West Africa Civil Society Situation Report 16 - 31 January 2015

07 February, 2015

The West Africa 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.  

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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