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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.


15 January, 2016

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.

Job Vacancies: ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC)

12 January, 2016

In a bid to effectively pursue the electoral assistance mandate of the ECOWAS Commission, as outlined in Article 12 of the ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance, the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) was established in February 2008 to serve as a regional forum for experience-sharing and enhancement of the capacity of West African electoral commissions. 

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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