The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and Spaces for Change (S4C) in Nigeria with support from Ford Foundation co-lead the Civic Space Resource Hub (CSR-Hub) project in three countries in West Africa – Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal.
The CSR-Hub aims to build the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) and reposition the third sector to effectively respond to emerging and as well as longstanding challenges to civic space and democratic governance in the region, and to deliver on their mandates and development objectives effectively. The project specifically supports grantee organisations in developing organisational and thematic competences through capacity building, learning and lessons sharing, and technical support to enhance relevance, effectiveness, and efficiency of participating CSOs.
The CSR-Hub has four strategic pillars of focus:
- Pillar 1: Civic Space Protection
- Pillar 2: Governance and Regulatory Compliance
- Pillar 3: Digital Security and Protection
- Pillar 4: Resource Mobilisation and Financial Resilience
Successful applicants will receive a 12-month of fully funded trainings, workshops, coaching, technical support and financial resilience building across the pillars.
Organisations eligible to apply must meet the following criteria:
- Must be operating in Nigeria, Ghana, or Senegal
- Must be an organisation or network of organisations registered with a federal or state authority in their country of operation.
- Must have stable leadership and a demonstrable commitment to change.
- Must have been operating for the past 12 months, and has at least two staff or volunteers and a probability of success, following the Hub’s support.
- Must be working on one or more areas of civic space restrictions such as freedom of expression, freedom of association, human rights, media freedom, regulation, etc.