West Africa Civil Society Institute

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in 2005 to reinforce the capacities of civil society in the sub-region. The Institute became operational in July 2007.


A peaceful and prosperous West Africa where development is driven by its people.


We strengthen civil society in West Africa to be responsive, collaborative, representative, resilient and influential through knowledge sharing, learning, connecting and influencing.

Core Values

WACSI’s core values are the driving force of its operational and institutional standards. These values characterize the Institute’s unique approach towards the capacity development of civil society organisations in West Africa. WACSI’s core values are:

Leadership, Diversity, Excellence, Collaboration, Non-discrimination, Ethics, People-centered, Innovation,


Spaces for Change

Spaces for Change (S4C) is a non-profit organization working to infuse human rights into social and economic governance processes in Nigeria.

Through digital crowd-sourcing, research, policy analysis, advocacy, youth engagement, public interest litigation and community action, we aim to increase the participation of Nigerian youth, women and communities in the development of social and economic policy, and also help public authorities and corporate entities to put a human rights approach at the heart of their decision-making.