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Civil Society and Development In West Africa Research Report Published

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have contributed significantly to the development of the West African region in the areas of good governance, socio-economic development, elections, conflict prevention and management, humanitarian crisis, health and sanitation among others.

Despite the numerous gains by civil society in West Africa, very little of their contributions, challenges and successes have been documented.

This gap necessitated a need to conduct a practice-based research of the impact of civil society on the development in West Africa.

The research reveals the historical evolution of civil society in each of the 15 ECOWAS countries in the region from the colonial to the contemporary era), public perception of civil society organisations, key actors, the role that civil society is playing in the states, challenges faced and policy recommendations. The research publication is dubbed ‘Civil Society and Development in West Africa’.

This is a publication that documents key aspects of the work of civil society actors in fifteen (15) West African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Niger, Senegal, The Gambia, and Togo.
This research was produced with the support of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

Read the full Research Report here.


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