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Regional Research Publication on Civil Society Development in West Africa (Bilingual)

In West Africa, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have evolved and gained important recognition in public policy debates and contribution to democratic development.

Civil Society has contributed in varied ways to good governance and socio-economic development. Specially, CSOs have intervened in elections and governance processes, conflict prevention and management, humanitarian crisis, health and sanitation challenges (Ebola outbreak in the region).

Even though CSOs are contributing significantly to development, very little has been highlighted and documented to demonstrate their achievements and contributions to the region's development.

This regional research report commissioned by the West Africa Civil Society (WACSI) and supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) seeks to present a potpourri of existing and emerging issues on civil society's contribution to development in West Africa. Its sixteen chapters are each written by civil society practitoners actively working in the field and represent perspectives of all the fifteen countries.

The book has two main objectives: to identify, gather, document and share civil society's contribution as well as effectively use the evidence to shape public policy making in the region.

The main priority is to prevent evidence that strongly reflects issues on the ground that would change preconceptions, while still maintaining a relevance to public policy and practice.

What the authors have done is to individually capture the historical evolution of civil society, its contributions to development and propose concepts that will frame the development discourse in West Africa.

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