Title OSIWA Our Stories
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Over the past three years, dramatic social and political shifts have swept across West Africa—from peaceful presidential elections in Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal to heated conflicts in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. These events created challenges in a region plagued by weak government, economic hardship, inadequate physical infrastructure and widespread corruption. Amidst these transformations, OSIWA maintained its focus on the Foundation’s core goals – ones which proved critical in this time of change – to promote transparent and accountable governance institutions; to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations; and to defend human rights and the rule of law.
From 2011-2013, OSIWA funded nearly 300 projects in its nine countries of focus: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. The Foundation also worked in Mali during the 2013 Presidential elections, helping to improve citizen’s participation and more responsible media coverage of elections. Increasingly, OSIWA has also taken a more regional approach to its work by supporting West African institutions such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its Network of Electoral Commissions in West Africa (ECONEC), as well as continuing to support partnership-building across borders.