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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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

Civil Society News

Vacancy Announcement: Programme Officer, WACSOF

27 January, 2015

The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) is the official interface between ECOWAS and CSOs across West Africa. One of WACSOF’s role is to provide a civil society component to the efforts and activities of ECOWAS in fostering peace, human security, development and democratic transitions in the region. In this regard, WACSOF serves as an institutionalised platform for civil society to dialogue, identify their comparative advantage and disadvantage, build dense associational networks, develop institutional effectiveness and democratic cultures, increase civil society’s visibility and relevance in member states and the ECOWAS space.

Job, BBC World News Komla Dumor Award - London

22 January, 2015


Komla Dumor was a journalist of Africa. His passion was to tell African stories to the world with honesty and integrity.

It’s a legacy that the BBC wants to continue.

The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

President, ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Desire Ouedraogo(r) discussing with H.E. John Kufour, Head, ECOWAS Election Fact-Finding Mission to Nigeria (photo: ECOWAS)

ECOWAS Sending 250-Member Election Observation Mission to Nigeria

21 January, 2015

ECOWAS is sending a 250-strong Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Nigeria for the country’s general elections including the crucial presidential polls on 14 February 2015. 

West Africa Civil Society Situation Report 09 - 15 January 2015

20 January, 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. 


19 January, 2015

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is a grant making and advocacy foundation that is part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA works to support the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. Its headquarters is in Dakar and it has offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry.

ISTR Africa Network Conference: Call for Papers

12 January, 2015

The ISTR Africa Network (ISTRAN) Conference will be held September 16-18, 2015 at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.

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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