The winner of the 2024 Commonwealth Short Story Prize has been announced. Find out more.

Strengthening West African civil society engagement

  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Locations: Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia
  • Grant stream: Archive projects
About the project

This project aimed to strengthen West African civil society through the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) and to improve WACSOF’s role in the development in the region by creating a path towards political renewal and the deepening of democracy. The project is implemented in partnership with the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and WACSOF.

WACSOF is the official interface for West African civil society with the ECOWAS Commission in promoting regional development and integration in West Africa. The Forum’s purpose is to galvanize civil society and facilitate constructive partnership with state authorities, political parties and ECOWAS. However, a needs assessment conducted by WACSI in 2008 and in 2014 identified a number of challenges preventing it from achieving its mandate to facilitate civil society voice in addressing regional development challenges/priorities.

The project consisted of three main components:

  • capacity development of WACSOF and its members; 
  • development of a regional agenda and action plan identifying major development challenges for West Africa
  • improved engagement between West African CSOs and ECOWAS