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Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 1-15 April 2017

09 May, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Niger, for example, civil society and government opposition forces manifested in the streets of Niamey. They denounced poor governance, difficulties in the school sector and the presence of foreign military bases. This is the second time that civil society and opposition, after a long legal battle with power, came together under a common cause.

The situation report also covers Ghana, where three organisations have joined forces to launch a three-year road safety programme in selected schools in the country, to secure the safety of children as they walk to and from school daily.

These and many more interesting civil society news updates feature in this edition of the civil society situation report.

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 15 – 30 April 2017

04 May, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Guinea, PROJED and French civil society actors discuss the issue of promoting renewal and alteration for youth and women in civil society organisation.

The situation report also covers Ghana, where the West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is organising the second edition of its leadership programme, the Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI) to strengthen leadership, thinking and practice in West Africa. The programme was designed to strengthen the capacity of mid-level managers within civil society in the region, to effect social change.

These and many more interesting civil society news updates feature in this edition of the civil society situation report.

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 15-31 March 2017

20 April, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Senegal, for example, as a prelude to the legislative elections to be held in July 2017, civil society is trying to raise public awareness of the importance of quickly registering on the electoral roll. To be able to vote, Senegalese citizens must register on the electoral roll and obtain a new voter's card, which will also serve as a national identity card and identification card for the countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Registration is open from October to the end of April.

The situation report also covers Benin, where civil society organizations are trying to better understand the dispositions of the proposed constitutional amendment to guide their actions.

These and many more interesting civil society news updates feature in this edition of the civil society situation report.

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 1-15 March 2017

07 April, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. Regarding the situation in Nigeria for example, a civil society group known as International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (INTERSOCIETY) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to compensate victims of rights violations in the country the sum of $5 billion. The group made the call while presenting its report of alleged human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings committed by the Buhari administration in the past 20 months. The organisation called on the Buhari-Federal Government of Nigeria to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the heinous crimes within the period under review.

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 15-28 February 2017

30 March, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Ghana, the campaign to substantially reduce unsafe abortions, particularly among young women in the Brong-Ahafo Region, has intensified. The spearheaded by Global Hands on Natural Environmental Care (GHANECare), a non-profit organization – working to promote women, children and youth rights to basic social services, with support from Mennion Daniel’s Limited – a multilateral funding agency. Unacceptably high percentage of illegal abortions continue to be seen in the country. 

 The situation report also covers Benin.  The NGO Groupe d’action pour le progrès et la paix  and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (Osiwa) have set up a project to ease the overcrowded civilian prisons of Benin and improve the lives of detainees.  

These and many more interesting civil society news updates feature in this edition of the civil society situation report.

Situation Report, Civil Society in West Africa, 1-15 February,2017

29 March, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Liberia, the non-governmental sector shows that Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) depend on international donors for funding to support their respective projects. Subah-Belleh Associates, along with Management Systems International (MSI), launched the CSOs' Sustainability Index for sub-Saharan Africa, a model instituted by USAID to study the strength and overall viability of the CSO sector in each West African country. The report recorded that Liberia's CSOs scored 5.9 out of 7.0 on sustainability- a mark which also indicates that their sustainability was impeded. 

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.

For more info please contact us: resourcecentre@wacsi.org.

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