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SDGs Financing: West African CSOs decry Governments' Reliance on Foreign Aid

29 August, 2016

Globally, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to better the lives of people everywhere, without ‘leaving anybody behind’. Although the SDGs are a noble agenda, the United Nations estimates it will cost $1.5 trillion more than the preceding Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in order to meet the set targets. Yet, resource mobilisation remains an evident challenge for those seeking to move the agenda from rhetoric to reality. Recognizing the unclear role for civil society in tackling this challenge, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) convened the second of its 2016 West Africa Civil Society Policy Dialogue Series (WAC-PODiS) under the theme: Financing Our Development: Strategies for Domestic Resource Mobilisation for Agenda 2030 in West Africa and the role of civil society. 

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 15-30 June 2016

07 July, 2016

This edition of the situation report captures a wide variety of civil society news in West Africa. In Ghana for example, the Mental Health Authority is firmly against the campaign to legalize cannabis because of the severe threat to mental health potentially caused by its usage. In Benin, CSOs challenged the president on the low representation of women in his government. The situation report also covers the commemoration of the Day of the African Child in Liberia by the Kids’ Educational Engagement Project (KEEP), a Liberian NGO. On this day, June 16, KEEP brought together several key stakeholders for a debate on the global theme, “Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights”. Additionally, the Commission appointed by the recently-elected Beninese President, Patrice Talon, tasked with constitutional reforms, had given his final report.
These and many more interesting civil society news updates feature in this edition of the civil society situation report.

Benetta, second from right, with colleagues at NAYMOTE (photo: NAYMOTE)

EXCLUSIVE: Acquiring the Attributes of an Effective Leader: Benetta Davies Tells her Story

29 January, 2016

Lessons learnt from the Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI) are bearing fruits in NAYMOTE.

Nana Afadzinu, Executive Director of WACSI (middle), speaking  (photo: WACSI)

Communiqué: West African Common Position towards UNGASS 2016

22 January, 2016

20 January, 2016 in Accra, Ghana: We, representatives of government ministries, law enforcement agencies, drug policy experts and civil society who participated in the Regional Consultation on Drug Policy Reform on “The Road to UNGASS” which was held in Ghana from 19-20 January 2016, which attracted 11 West African countries namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone hereby make the following declaration with respect to drug policy reform in West Africa;

Participants at the Regional Consultation on Drug Policy Reform (photo: WACSI)

Stakeholders Advocate for Drug Policy Reforms in West Africa

22 January, 2016

West Africa stands out as a conducive hub for drug trafficking. Drug cartels exploit weak security systems and collaborate with locals to use the region as a transit route for exporting illicit drugs to Europe and North America. 

Call for Proposals - Anti-corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund in Nigeria 2016

18 January, 2016

The Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund in Nigeria (the Fund) is a two-year, multi-donor initiative established by the Ford, Open Society and MacArthur Foundations (the Foundations) in order to support the current Nigerian administration in its resolve to fight corruption and its underlying factors as well as institute criminal justice reform. As fiscal manager, TrustAfrica oversees the management and administration of the Fund in close and robust liaison with the Foundations and the Nigerian Presidency. The Fund was established in mid-2015 to contribute towards the advancement of probity and accountability in public service in Nigeria and ensure that those who indulge in the abuse of public trust are predictably brought to justice.

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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