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Report – West Africa Civil Society Week 2023

The maiden edition of the West Africa Civil Society Week (WACSW) was hosted by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in collaboration with the West Africa Democracy Solidarity Network (WADEMOS) to reflect on the growing democratic recession and shrinking civic space in West Africa.

The 3-day conference which hosted more than 150 civil society leaders representing over 100 civil society organisations from West, Eastern and Southern Africa took place at the Lagos Marriot Hotel, GRA, Lagos, Nigeria from 29th to 31st August 2023.

The theme of the conference: “Civil Society in West Africa: Reimagining the Role of the Third Sector in Protecting the Civic Space and Consolidating Democracy for Regional Development” is informed by the over a decade long downward trend in democratic practice and the threats to the civil liberties in the West African region.

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