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Personal Branding: Pathway to a Successful Career

Before consciousness about the essence of personal branding was raised by Tom Peters some two decades ago, the power and potential of branding was mostly utilised by corporate organs, evidently …

Community As A Response: Communities Organizing for their Development

In March 2021, the World Communities Forum brought together organizations working with local communities to reflect on the past year and how Covid-19 has impacted the work that they do. TrustAfrica hosted …

Branding Tips for Civil Society Organisations

There is no gainsaying that branding plays a central role in ensuring the success of any corporate organ, its product(s) and/or service(s) in any market milieu, notwithstanding the challenges. When …

How CSOs Can Set Up and Sustain an M&E System: An Introduction for Development Practitioners

Most civil society organisations (CSOs) grapple with the difficulty of measuring and demonstrating impact. While many factors account for this, the inability of CSOs to institutionalise and make monitoring and …

Access to Public Information: Between Obstacles & Opportunities Towards Open Government in Benin

Open government in Benin has been on the agenda of politicians and civil society for the past five years. The concept aims at effective governance through transparency and accountability of …

COVID-19 and it’s Impact on Youth Participation in Development in West Africa

The coronavirus health crisis has exacerbated the challenges of youth participation and inclusion in development in West Africa. The impact of this crisis has been twofold. On one hand, it …

Protecting the Rights of Air Passengers in West Africa

While it is undeniable that air transport in Africa presents a rather disappointing image today, its future seems promising with the various initiatives taken here and there by States and, …

A Critical Conception of Democracy in Facilitating Development in Africa

In the last few years, studies to understand democracy in Africa have intensified with an objective to comprehend firstly if it is a contextually, culturally relevant and appropriate system of …

Leadership Development: Fixing a Flat Tire, or Re-inventing the Wheel

The paper argues that many of the forms of leadership development performed by international actors targeting youth in civil society become a futile attempt to reinvent the wheel if they …

The Third Sector in West Africa – Maimed by COVID-19

One sector in West Africa that has found itself crippled on many levels by COVID 19 is the third sector and specifically non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs). The …

Digital Transformation: Meaning and Relevance

Technology has invaded our daily lives and has changed the way we go about work. However, technology seems to have changed more significantly the way individuals interact than the extent …

COVID-19 and Democracy

The world is today confronted with a new threat; the novel Coronavirus infection (Covid-19). The virus first broke in China in November 2019, and has since swept across countries, overwhelmed …

COVID-19 Pandemic and Adolescent Girls

These times are not normal times! We are in difficult times! This too shall pass! We are all in this together! These are recurring assuring statements made by governments to …

The Catalytic Effect of CSOs on the Nigerian Economy

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are major drivers of socio-economic transformation in both the industrialised and developing world. According to estimates by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), …

CSOs as Accountability Agents

From the Niger Delta in Nigeria to the southern part of Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa is blessed with a vast array of natural resources. To paint a more vivid picture, …

Elevating your Organisational Effectiveness

The outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges to the organisational health of community-based organisations (CBOs) especially in the global south. CBOs are important public health system …

An Africa Without Autism

Globally, World Autism Awareness Day has been celebrated annually on April 2 since 2008 to raise awareness about the Autism Spectrum Disorder. The theme for the 2020 World Autism Awareness …

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Contain COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

On April 11, the Republic of Sierra Leone marked the start of a fourteen days inter-district lockdown (from 11 to 24 April 2020) to combat the spread of the COVID-19 …

Social Movement: A Vital Instrument for Social Accountability in Africa

Social accountability is an approach towards building accountability that relies on civic engagement in which citizens participate directly or indirectly in demanding accountability from service providers and public officials. It …

Impact of Social Media on African Youth

In contemporary society, social media has made access to information easier. Social media has the potential to fundamentally change the character of our social lives, both on an interpersonal and …

7 Feasible Ways to Expand Civic Space in West Africa in 2020

The effective implementation of WACSI’s interventions is dependent on civil society’s contributions and feedback on the Institute’s work in promoting an open, safe and prosperous West Africa. WACSI’s interventions are …

Enhancing Digital Security Awareness for CSOs in Africa

Over the last two decades, technology tools available for civil society actors in Africa have tremendously evolved.  Journalists and activists relied mostly on print media to call out dictators and …

Legal Practices & Regulatory Frameworks

In the last two decades, civil society has made significant strides in giving communities a voice to challenge governments and be involved in governance processes. The 2011 Arab-Spring, a by-product …

4 Common Reasons why CSOs Struggle with M&E

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are two separate but complementary functions, that together form part of an emerging development practice within the civil society sector. M&E is defined as “a process …

Analysis of the DDR processes of Women ex-combatants

The DDR process is a vital program in the phase of rebuilding lasting peace. In Africa, many states weakened by civil wars have experienced it. The result of these experiences …

Social Movements and Social Change in Africa

The last decade saw an apparent resurgence of social movements in Africa, especially in the aftermath of the 2011 “Arab Spring” in North Africa. This article presents key characteristics, challenges …

Demystifying the Concept of Social Accountability

Citizen’s voices are increasingly being shut down. Their rights are equally being violated and worst so, by representatives of institutions created by the state to protect the rights of citizens. …

One Too Many Child Marriages: Time To Act Is Now!

Across the world, a girl becomes a child-wife every two (2) seconds. Annually, 15 million girls marry before the age of 18, making 41,000 girls a day. It has been …

Advancing The Financial Sustainability of Civil Society in Africa

Civil society in Africa is facing financial sustainability challenges. In this article, we share valuable lessons from a Shared Learning Convening on Alternative Funding Models for Civil Society Organisations. It …

4 Critical Ways to Support the Women’s Movement in West Africa

Forty women from diverse walks of life have stressed the need for stakeholders, especially decision-makers in Africa to take necessary actions that will create equal opportunities for women on the …

Media Reporting on Substance Use: Magnifying or Reducing the Harm?

Over the past four months, phrases such as “sweet, sweet codeine” and “end tramadol abuse now” have become very popular in Ghana and Nigeria. These terms emanated from a title …