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Publication of a Research Report on Civil Society and Development in West Africa

This report documents the impact of civil society on development in West Africa and highlights CSOs’ outstanding contribution to the development of the region in areas such as good governance, socio-economic development, elections, conflict prevention and management, humanitarian crises, health and hygiene, etc. 

Despite civil society’s many accomplishments in West Africa, very few of its contributions, challenges and successes have been documented. This lack made it necessary to carry out practice-oriented research into the impact of civil society on development in West Africa.

This research reveals the historical evolution of civil society from colonial to modern times in the 15 ECOWAS member countries, and looks at public attitudes towards CSOs and key civil society actors, the role they play in society, the challenges they face and their policy recommendations. The title of this study is “Civil Society and Development in West Africa”.

The publication documents key aspects of the activities of civil society actors in the fifteen (15) West African countries, namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Niger, Senegal, Gambia, and Togo.

This research was carried out with the support of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

Click cs_development_french to download the report