The use of information and communication technologies is one of the main factors influencing the modern world. Digital technologies are essential for boosting the resilience of civil society organisations during times of crisis, shocks, and disruptions, as the Covid19 pandemic has shown. However, they have the potential of exposing organisations to new and sophisticated types of risks, despite their significant benefits. It is critical that civil society organisation do not lag in digital security, but strive to enhance their digital awareness, skills and capabilities to develop more resilience and better navigate the ever growing and complex digital space in the pursuit of their mandates.
WACSI, with support from the Ford Foundation seeks to provide support to fifty (50) civil society organisations (CSOs) from Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone, in digital security and digital rights, so that they can better protect themselves and advocate for a more conducive and safe online space to advance their mission and maximise their impact.
Organisations will benefit from Cloud and Antivirus software licenses to help boost the security and resilience of their operations. A series of training that takes a deep dive into types of digital threats & attacks, cyber security risks, preventive mechanisms, risk assessment and mitigation will also be conducted for eligible organisations to equip them with the necessary skills and expertise needed to drive their digital safety readiness.
Organisations interested in participating in the programme are strongly encouraged to apply here before Tuesday 09 August 2022.
The specific objective of the programme is to strengthen the capacity of 50 CSOs in West Africa through access to technological tools and support in digital resilience to drive organisational effectiveness and social change.
This support is set to take place over the period of August – September 2022.
The expected results of the technological capacity strengthening support include:
- Participating organisations receive digital technology tools;
- Participating organisations adopt and use the digital tools received;
- Improved organisational productivity of participating organisations;
- Strengthened participating organisations’ digital security;
- Enhanced digital resilience of participating organisations.
To benefit from this project, organisations must meet the requirements below.
- Be a civil society organisation operating in any of the above countries;
- Legally registered as a non-profit organisation;
- Be registered or start registration on TechSoup and Microsoft for Non-profits portals;
- Willing to dedicate suitable staff to attend the training and mentoring phase;
- Be committed to the programme and take part in the different activities.
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE
Interested organisations should fill out the application form and submit it by Tuesday 09 August 2022. We will notify you of our decision one week after the deadline.
FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT
- Whitnay Segnonna, Programme Assistant – Tech, firstname.lastname@example.org / +233 501 398 469
- Stella Yawa Wowoui, Project Officer – TechSoup, email@example.com / +233 500 550 662
Kindly note that all your personal data submitted in the scope of this project will only be used for the implementation of General Support for Reimagining and Strengthening Civil Society in West Africa and Project Support for Institutional Strengthening project and for any related activities falling within the WACSI’s or its partners mission and scope of activities.