The group encourages civil society organizations to reduce dependence on foreign donors

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Group urges civil society organisations to reduce dependency on foreign donors


Nana Afadzinu, the Executive Director of West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI), called on Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria to look inwards to reduce their dependence on foreign sources of support.

He made the call while speaking on Thursday in Abuja at a press conference held by WASCI ahead of its official launch scheduled for November 16.

He said a study by WASCI to determine the impact of COVID-19 on CSOs in Nigeria showed that CSOs were severely affected by the pandemic as their financial stability was reduced.

The study: revealed that of the 80 CSOs that participated in the survey, 38.4% had a reduction in funding from major donors while 58.1% of CSOs did not gather any domestic resources during the pandemic to supplement external donor funding.

55.8% of CSOs agreed that they cannot mobilize local resources which reveals the weakness of the financial sustainability of many CSOs in the country.

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The way forward: CSOs are encouraged to look inwards to reduce their reliance on foreign sources of support in the face of declining international support to expand the support base available and accessible to CSOs in the country to engage every Nigerian. .

What you need to know: The civic Space in Nigeria, like many other West African countries, is shrinking and creating an unfavorable environment for the effectiveness of civil society.

With support from the Ford Foundation, WACSI is implementing the Civic Space Resource Hub in partnership with Spaces for Change to provide the necessary resources to civil society actors in these countries to build their resilience and also face the challenges of civic space.

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This program targets three West African countries, including Nigeria. Civil society actors in Nigeria are key players in WACSI’s sphere of influence because of the large number of civil society organizations in the country, comprising approximately 46,000 non-governmental organizations (and -count) in the country’s six geo-political zones.

The WACSI node will act as a liaison office and connect civil society organizations and their partners to the various services offered by WACSI. This includes training, coaching and mentoring to strengthen the institutional management capacity, management and operations of non-profit organizations; it is not limited to NGOs.

About WASCI: WACSI was established in 2005 and has 8,899 participants from 5,452 civil society organizations worldwide.

WACSI being physically present in Nigeria now means that Nigerian CSOs can easily access their services and training to build their capacity, to mobilize local resources and be sustainable.

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