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Beyond Core Funding: Many Faces of Civil Society Sustainability

Ghana has a vibrant and diverse civil society sector which has been an active participant and contributor to development and good governance in the country since the 1980s. 

Civil Society Regulation in West Africa: Self-Regulation, State Control or Regional Norms and Standards?

Voluntary organisations, which will be referred, to in this study as Civil  Society Organisations (CSOs) currently carry out their activities subject to the  domestic laws where they operate. The laws include those that ordinarily regulate the registration and operation of CSOs and other laws and policies that affect the ways they operate within the society. Notable amongst these laws and policies include national constitutions, anti-terrorism laws and legislations that generally regulate freedom of information, association and expression. There is no single international statute regulating the activities of CSOs. 

New Imperatives for Sustainability in a Developing Economy’s Civil Society Sector: A Case Study of Nigeria

This is our second WACSeries published in 2014.

Civil Society and Knowledge Management in West Africa

This is a background paper prepared for the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) workshop on “Managing Knowledge for Policy Influence in West Africa”, 8 April 2013, Accra, Ghana.

The Politics of Regional Integration in West Africa

Regional integration processes are today, more than ever before, driven by the pre-eminence of the forces of globalisation in the post Cold War international system. As a result, no part of the world or section of humanity would like to be left behind or marginalised by other regions, or to be classified among the ‗wretched of the earth‘. Thus successful integration will enable weaker regions and states to properly equip themselves for the fierce competition among regions and states in the 21st Century. The rest of this section discusses pertinent issues on how to consolidate the gains made by ECOWAS in the last thirty six years to move the regional integration agenda forward.

Read this volume of WACSI's WACSeries; Vol 2 no. 2 for a detailed analysis.

“Reviewing the 50+ Years of Women’s Participation in Politics in Nigeria”

Nigeria attained its independence from the British in 1960 and celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 1, 2010. Fifty years down the line the statistics of women‟s representation in politics and decision making remains abysmally poor. No woman has ever occupied the position of President or Vice President neither has any been elected governor of any of the thirty six states. In fifty years, Nigeria has had only seven female deputy governors. The highest representation women have had in the Federal Executive Council is 20% in the 2007 – 2011 Cabinet.

The highest number women have attained in the Senate is nine out of the one hundred and nine members i.e. 8.3%. Worse still, in the House of Representatives of three hundred and sixty members, there are only twenty seven women, constituting a paltry 7.5%.Out of sixty three political parties, in 2010 only one, the United National Party for Development (UNPD) has a female Chairperson.

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