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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.

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. 

Job Opportunity: Advocacy Officer, Open Society Initiative for West Africa

16 December, 2015

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

WACSOF EXCO members at the meeting (photo: WACSOF)

WACSOF Executive Committee Meeting Ends Successfully in Abuja

05 November, 2015

Within the framework of its missions and its responsibilities, the Executive Committee met, from November 3rd to 4th 2015 in Abuja to exchange on the challenges of WACSOF at the organizational and institutional level on the one hand, and to exchange on the current challenges faced by the region with regard to democracy and good governance on the second hand.

Seeking Partners to Engage with Mandela Washington Fellows

05 November, 2015

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). It seeks to engage with partner organizations from Africa for professional practicums/internships.

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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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