In West Africa, attacks by the state on civil society have been manifested in forms such as internet shutdowns, intimidation of journalists and media houses, clampdowns public demonstrations of dissent and the passing and utilisation of legislations that expand state power and enable it to act against citizens and political opposition, under the guise of national security.
This report presents findings from desk research and semi-structured interviews conducted with civil society actors in all fifteen countries in West Africa.
It provides a critical assessment of the issues that civil society in the region contended with in 2022 and how they tried to navigate them.
Alongside identifying these challenges, the report also explores the opportunities that are available to civil society and suggests ways to build on them to expand civic spaces and participation thereby enhancing good governance and democracy in West Africa.
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