Stakeholders' Dialogue on Forthcoming Elections in West Africa: A Critical Look at the Opportunities and Challenges Ahead
On February 26, 2015, the West Africa Civil Society Institute launched its maiden policy dialogue series for 2015 with the aim of bringing together civil society actors, relevant government officials and agencies, development partners and the academia to discuss strategies to uphold and strengthen democratic values in the region especially ahead of the five (5) forthcoming elections in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Togo, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire. The West Africa Civil Society Policy Dialogue Series (WAC-PoDiS) platform also served as an opportunity for all stakeholders to deliberate on the strategies to ensure transparent, free, fair and violence-free elections in these countries, as well as reach general consensus on best practices for the promotion of democratic governance in West Africa.
Managing Knowledge for Policy Influence in West Africa
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa supported the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) to convene a meeting on “Managing Knowledge for Policy Influence in West Africa” in Accra, Ghana, on 8 April 2013.
Consultative Meeting of Experts on Civil Society Capacity Development in West Africa
Civil society continues to face human, administrative, funding capacity challenges which stifle their efforts to complement development initiatives of governments within the West African region. The failure of the sector to perform optimally is partly attributed to lack of robust knowledge management systems, communities of practice and poor documentation of experiences.
MEETING REPORT: National Forum on “Capacity Development for Civil Society: Sustaining the gains in Ghana”
The civil society sector in Ghana is largely composed of organisations that reflect legitimate interests and command constituency support. However, inadequate funding for capacity development programmes has been a major challenge for these CSOs who have to cope with societal dynamics especially social, political and economic change. The threat to their survival and sustainability has never been more pronounced.
Social Media Conference Report
Social media provides the public a space to promote discourse on issues facing society. This space has become a veritable avenue for civil society organisations (CSOs) to expand their networks and widen participation in their causes. A number of CSOs in the region have used social media effectively to strengthen their communication and outreach strategies.
FInal Draft - African Consensus and Position on Development Effectiveness: "Aid Reform for Africa's Development"
Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Busan
1. We, the representatives of the Member States of the African Union, Parliaments, Regional Economic Communities and institutions/organizations, Civil Society including Women and Youth groups, Business and Academia are presenting for the first time, a common Position and Consensus on Development Effectiveness in Africa;
2. Underscoring that Africa is inspiring change through comprehensive political and socio-economic reforms driven by the shared prime values of ownership, leadership and partnerships in the transformation agenda, based on the AfricanUnion vision of “an integrated, forward-looking, prosperous, dynamic and peaceful Africa, representing a dynamic force in global arena”