REGIONAL: WEST AFRICA 2018
Building the Capacities of the Sahel Regional Youth Council to Improve Resilience to Social and Economic Factors of Extremist Narrative
International Republican Institute (IRI)
To enhance community resilience toward incentives of violent extremism (VE) The Institute will build the Regional Youth Council’s (RYC) capacity to act as a resource for young people in the G5 Sahel region. The RYC will provide entrepreneurial forums and community resource fairs. It will also inform youth of the risks entailed during migration and provide platforms for discussions on factors of VE.
Engaging WAEON Members on the Increasing Role of Technology in Election Administration
Ghana Center for Democratic Development
To identify and advance best practices for election observations and enhance collaboration among civil society organizations observing elections in West Africa. The organization will work with the West Africa Election Observers Network (WAEON) to assess the challenges confronting observation missions within the context of technology-driven shifts in election management, and develop new observation guidelines that its members and other organizations can employ to improve electoral outcomes. The grantee will also work to revise and strengthen WAEON’s institutional structures and strategic vision.
Enhancing Women’s Political Participation for Inclusive Governance
Gender Centre for Empowering Development
To empower young women with the democratic knowledge, skills, and mentoring needed to participate in politics in West Africa. The organization will establish a Young Women’s Political Leadership School to equip young women from West Africa to participate in party politics. The school will launch gender equality campaigns and host inter-party debates. In collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States, the organization will develop a gender strategy document for political party engagement throughout the region.
Promoting Political Participation in Local Governance for Youth in the Mano River Region.
West African Youth Network
To strengthen youth participation in electoral governance in the Mano River region (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) and to enhance youth engagement in local governance. The organization will equip youth organization leaders with leadership and advocacy skills, mobilize them to embrace cross border solidarity, train local government representatives on accountability and youth engagement, and facilitate dialogues between local governments and youth.
Promoting Public-Private Collaboration to Counter Violent Extremism and Promote Security in the Sahel
Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
To promote public-private collaboration to counter violent extremism and strengthen security across the Sahel. The center will work with a local partner and think tanks in the countries of the G5 Sahel to build coalitions of private-sector organizations, develop national and regional policy documents, advocate them at the domestic and G5 Sahel levels, and engage in policy dialogue with relevant actors in Europe and the United States.
Public Interest Lawyering Initiative for West Africa – Multi-level ECOWAS Litigation and Advocacy Project
Advocates for Community Alternatives
To improve access to justice, address human rights violations, and strengthen government accountability in West Africa. The organization will support a collaborative effort among West African lawyers to use regional litigation to address state negligence, corruption, and abuse of communities. It will also employ national-level litigation to address fundamental human rights violations, strengthening checks and balances on government in the process.
Strengthening Trade Unions and Citizen Participation in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
Solidarity Center (SC)
To elevate the voice of labor and civil society in the deepening of the Gambia’s new democracy. The center will help Gambian unions and civil society coordinate input into the National Reconciliation Process. The center will build the capacity of the Gambian national center to manage financial resources and engage with the international labor movement. To strengthen citizen’s participation in the Economic Community of West African States, the center will hold consultations with national union federations and convene a sub-regional meeting to identify worker priorities.
Supporting Democratic Institutions to Develop Legal and Policy Frameworks Responsive to Citizen’s Security Concerns
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
To foster regional collaboration among government institutions, parliaments and civil society in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger for the development of inclusive, harmonized security strategies. The institute will assist the three national strategic security study centers in working together more closely and in engaging with parliamentarians and civil society organizations. The program will support exchanges and peer learning, produce guidelines on gender-sensitivity and inclusivity, and help revise the centers’ communication strategies.
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