Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA)

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Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is active in ten countries in West Africa: Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Senegal. OSIWA is both an advocate and grant-maker for advancing West Africa to a freer, safer, and more integrated democratic place. OSIWA is working with civil society, governments, community leaders and activists to promote equal and sustainable economy and to ensure independent justice and protection in West Africa. OSIWA launches a yearly call for proposals to support initiatives in the ten countries of focus; there is no set maximum amount for OSIWA funding.

Thematic areas

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  • Civil society
  • Elections and governance
  • Anti-corruption
  • Natural resource governance
  • Public service delivery
  • Justice and rule of law
  • Media
  • Minority rights

Geographic focus: Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Senegal.

Eligibility: OSIWA awards grants principally to local organizations, West Africa-based organizations in partnership with local groups, government institutions, regional and sub-regional organizations working in its core priorities areas.

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  1. Avatar African Youths Partnership Against Violence-[AYPAV-INTERNATIONAL] says

    this organization has been working towards the elimination of all forms of violence in Sierra Leone and other countries with high prevalence of violence[war] in AFRICA.It has designed some program mes such as the formation of anti-violence clubs in areas of prevalence of violence in the country to campaign against all forms of violence.