Innovation For Change 2022 Call for Applications: West Africa Regional Connector (RC)

I4C Africa Hub is pleased to announce this call for applications for a West African Regional Connector/RC. The West Africa Regional Connector/RC will encourage collaboration with organizations in the West African Region to support the following Key Focus Areas, which align with the I4C Africa Hub’s

Plan and mandate:

  1. Building Camaraderie Through Mobilization – improving civil society’s capacity to foster solidarity amongst countries and individuals affected by closing civic space.
  2. Creating Digital Resources – Sustaining an interactive and easy to use online resource centre essential to campaigning for a more open civil society.
  3. Offering Legal Solutions – providing analysis of regulations and administrative decisions and referrals for individuals or organisations spanning the continent.

The I4C Africa Hub encourages Youth Organizations, CSOs, community and/or people’s organizations, based in the West African Region, to apply. These organizations must be fully registered and have a footprint across West Africa spanning a minimum of three (3) years.

What are Regional Connectors/RCs?

Since its inception in 2017, the I4C Africa Hub has continuously engaged regional partners and/or organizations to assist with the implementation of the Hub’s sub-regional activities in support of

civic space expansion initiatives. The I4C Africa Hub works with implementing partners in each of the continent’s following sub-regions/locations:

  • Central Africa
  • East Africa
  • North Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • West Africa

As a pan-African organization that fosters home-grown African solutions to problems, the I4C Africa Hub works with regional partners to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Helping to unite civil society, human rights defenders and activists to create a common voice across the continent, bringing all of Africa together to fight for an open operating environment;
  1. Being a multi-stakeholder platform for innovation, that emphasize new ideas, practices, creativity, insight, empowerment and services which arise through interaction, with the aim of building expansive networks and improving existing situations;
  1. Establishing a community of practice that brings together all actors for experience and knowledge sharing of best practices; and
  1. Building and retaining a Hub membership that is all-inclusive.

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About Innovation for Change (I4C)

Innovation for Change (I4C) is a global network of people and organisations who connect, partner, and learn together to defend and strengthen civic space and overcome restrictions to our fundamental freedoms of assembly, association, and expression. We are a community-led network inspired by ideas, methods, and technologies from across different sectors. We work together on advocacy, research, network building, training, fundraising, digital literacy, and technology development. Our seven regional hubs bring people together to exchange ideas and share their successes, challenges, and opport... read more

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Innovation For Change West Africa Regional Connector

Aim and Benefits of Innovation For Change West Africa Regional Connector

The West African Regional Connector/RC will receive a sub-award as and when funds are available and dedicated for the sub-region, in alignment with the I4C Africa Hub’s Work Plan, to support the I4C Africa Hub’s continued efforts to protect, respect, strengthen, recover and expand civic space across Africa. The sub award will build off earlier efforts to expand the Hub’s reach. This includes building a support system and increasing the capacity of the Hub’s network members, providing critical support and services to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and creating more demand-driven initiatives from the field and through various organizations, individuals and groups whether community-based, networks, grassroots or technical organizations who might require specific support and/or services.

In addition, further benefits of being a Regional Connector (RC) for the Africa Hub include:

  1. Numerous networking and collaboration opportunities to increase the impact and sustainability of your organization’s work and provide visibility to it amongst national, international, and local NGOs, research and policy think-tanks, the private and public sector and the media;
  2. Being part of a strong civic movement and network membership with similar values; interested in contributing to work around civic space expansion and the development of a sustainable Africa;
  3. Exchanging Lessons Learned, Best Practices, and learning about solutions being used by other organizations in the region and stay abreast of the latest industry developments; and broader access to a wider range of resources and new and valuable knowledge.

Application Deadline

September 9, 2022

How to Apply

To register your organization’s interest, please submit the following documents to: [email protected] before Friday, 9 September, 2022:

  1. Application Letter/Expression of Interest detailing why your organization would be a good fit
  2. Organization Profile
  3. Organization Registration Certificate
  4. Bank Letter of Good Standing
  5. Letter of Support from a CSO Partner

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