ICNL Announces Regional Fellowship for African Civil Society


The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) are now receiving applications for the African Civil Society Support Initiative Regional Fellowship Programme.

The programme, which will be awarding three regional fellowships to qualified civil society leaders and freedom of association advocates, will allow successful each Fellow to spend three to four weeks working with a host NGO in another country in the region. This is an action-oriented fellowship designed to provide opportunities to engage with other practitioners and experts in the region to advance the legal environment for civil society throughout the region.

Fellows will have the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with NGO leaders in other countries, build practical skills needed to advance civil society law initiatives, gain regional exposure, and build regional coalitions for reform.

The programme requires that both fellow and host organization must be from Sub-Saharan Africa. Countries with restrictive legal environments will be given priority. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will be required to submit a final report highlighting their learning outcomes and detailing how their new experiences will impact ongoing law reform in their home countries.

ICNL will cover the cost of travel to and from the host city as well as room and board for the period of  fellowship.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a completed application, proposal, and a CV by September 30, 2013. All fellowships will take place between November 11 to December 9, 2013 (flexibility of the exact dates during this period is available). Organizations in Sub Saharan Africa are also invited to contact ICNL or ACDHRS if they are interested in hosting a fellow.

Proposals for the fellowship must focus on the legal environment for civil society (for example, the rules governing the establishment, operation, funding or sustainability of NGOs, NGO-government relations, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, etc.).  ICNL and ACDHRS are interested in fellowship activities that will support an ongoing reform initiative in the fellow’s home country.

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