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Group exercise at a WACSI Training (photo: WACSI)

Apply Now: Training in Resource Mobilisation and Proposal Writing

25 January, 2014

WACSI seeks to strengthen the resource mobilisation skills of civil society practitioners and equip them with innovative skills and strategies to access increased donor funds. 

Open Society Foundation Fellowship for Individuals around the World

17 January, 2014

Deadline: 3 February 2014

Open Society Foundation Fellowship program is accepting project proposals from individuals around the world. The main purpose of the fellowship program is to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest of Open Society Foundations – human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Ms. Sally  Smith (right) speaking while Mr. Billy Warner of Nexus Fund and Ms. Nana Afadzinu of WACSI listen keenly (photo: WACSI)

WACSI-Nexus Fund: Partnering to Empower Civil Society in West Africa

16 January, 2014

Ms. Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, Executive Director of WACSI has hailed the Nexus Fund, a new grant making organisation based in the United States of America, for its demonstrated commitment and innovative approach to support the development of civil society in West Africa. “The Nexus Fund will add a lot of value to civil society particularly because it has strategically positioned itself to respond to the capacity needs of civil society”, said the Executive Director in a meeting with the Nexus Fund staff in Accra, Ghana.

International Seminar on Terminal Markets and Econometric Modelling of the Cocoa Market

16 January, 2014

The International Cocoa Organization in Conjunction With the Ministry of Agriculture of Côte d’Ivoire and the Conseil du Café-Cacao is organizing a 4 day seminar to strengthen the capacity of policy makers and cocoa stakeholders in their decision-making process through an improved understanding of the cocoa terminal markets and econometric models. The seminar comprises two modules: the first consists of reviewing the role and functioning of cocoa terminal markets, and the second introduces issues and technical aspects related to the econometric modelling of the world cocoa economy.

Download the call for application here.

Job Vacancy:Senior Analyst, West Africa,

16 January, 2014

Crisis Group is seeking to recruit a Senior Analyst for its West Africa Office. Based in Dakar, Senegal, the successful candidate will research and produce reports on security, conflict, local politics, governance, social and development issues, analysing long and short-term challenges to stabilisation, security and development in Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, and recommending measures to achieve these goals.

Fellowship: Call for Applications, Open Society Fellowship Focus on Rights, Transparency, Justice, Civil Society and Social Inclusion

13 January, 2014

The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.

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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