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SHOWING IMPACT! WACSI Shares Significant Change Stories (Duplicate) 2

In 2012, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with the support of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) initiated a capacity development programme to respond to the critical governance and leadership challenges that continue to undermine the operational effectiveness of Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs) in the region, especially in francophone West Africa.

Report on Regional Workshop on Civil Society Sustainability in West Africa

The issue of sustainability of civil society in West Africa is becoming increasingly important with the gradual decline in significant funding from donors over the coming years. Civil society has started discussions on the implications of this on their status and functioning in years to come. 

CIVICUS Civil Society Index – Rapid Assessment: Senegal

A strong civil society is an essential actor in promoting the rule of law, effective development and the fairness of state and private sector institutions. 

Civil Society Index-Rapid Assessment: Nigeria

The Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) came together with its partners, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) to assess the state of civil society in Nigeria. This assessment comes at a time when civil society organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria need to make sure that their house is in order so that they can take advantage of a historic opportunity to set their activities on a pathway to sustainable development and growth. 

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Civil Society Index-Rapid Assessment: Liberia

More than a decade since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Accra, Ghana, Liberia continues its long walk to restoration and reconciliation. Though Liberia has stayed relatively stable and peaceful in the post-conflict period, challenges remain. Many of the structural causes of the war persist, including political and economic elitism, powerful patronage networks, systemic and wide-ranging corruption and high levels of youth unemployment. The government is continuing to enact a number of reform initiatives to try to transform these structural conditions, including on-going efforts to reform the security sector, and the establishment of the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC). Across all of these areas, civil society is an evolving and important counterpart that can bring diverse voices to the table, as well as serve as a check on government power. New laws and policies have helped to boost the role of CSOs. Laws such as the Freedom of Information Act, passed in 2010, provide opportunities for CSOs to engage more with government.

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Civil Society Index-Rapid Assessment: Sierra Leone

Civil society has seen huge growth in its size and spheres of activities in Sierra Leone since the end of the war in 2002, more than at any other time in the country’s history. Civil society in Sierra Leone today be categorised into four types, which have different aims. First, there are not-for-profit, membership-based professional bodies, which this study calls professional associations. These organisations largely seek the welfare of their profession. A second category of CSOs is that of not-for-profit service delivery and development organisations. These CSOs largely seek grant and contract funding to attend to service delivery gaps. A third category are CSOs that are primarily concerned with the pursuit of good governance and the maximisation of citizens’ economic, social, political and civil rights. In this study these are called civic organisations. The fourth category of CSO is labelled in this study as social clubs or mutual benefit organisations. These are membership-based organisations that focus on providing welfare benefits for their members.

This Civil Society Index-Rapid Assessment (CSI-RA) report is the result of a collective effort by a number of institutions and individuals. We are grateful to CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation for giving Sierra Leone the opportunity to take part in the CSI-RA.

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