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Community Organizing Institute

Call for application: Community Organizing Institute

Community Organizing Institute (COI) is formalizing and institutionalizing the annual capacity building program on community organizing for young civic actors and activists in Nigeria and the West African sub-region. COI was established after 8 successful Youth Organizing Schools (YOS) which has so far produced over 240 community organizers. The community organizing program is designed for young men and women civic actors, activists, members of civil society and political parties in Nigeria and across the West Africa sub-region. The program will equip the participants with the requisite community organizing, political organizing, and advocacy skills needed to engage the government at different levels to influence reforms or political party officials to increase youth participation as candidates. COI will build and strengthen Yiaga Africa’s community of advocates and community organizers in West Africa.

Over the course of 5 days, the institute’s curriculum will cover specialized topics on political and community organizing, effective policy advocacy, non-violent change,  scenario building, power mapping, building and maintaining networks and coalitions, building resources, gender mainstreaming, and online organizing. The institute will also strengthen the institutional and technical capacity of youth organizations in policy engagement and promotion of democratic values and principles in Africa. A detailed curriculum will be shared with successful applicants

The COI is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Washington DC with an aim to strengthen the leadership, technical and institutional capacities of youth activists and youth organizations in Nigeria and the West African sub-region. 

Applicants must be

  • A civic actor or active member of a political party
  • 18 – 30 years of age; 
  • Fluent in English;
  • Committed to traveling to attend the Community Organizing Institute and attend all five days of the training.
  • Able to record a 1 min video stating “why I should be selected’’
  • Resident and work in Nigeria or other countries within the West African sub-region or Cameroon and possess valid travel documents for non-Nigerian prospective participants


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Yiaga Africa is a non-profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement. With its operational base in Abuja, Nigeria, Yiaga Africa focuses on in-depth research, providing critical analysis on key democratic and governance issues, crafting practical solutions, training and empowering citizens to lead change in their community. Yiaga Africa implements several innovative programs aimed at stimulating active citizenship, protecting human rights and deepening democratic governance. We invest in building networks and social movements to drive social change and transformation. Yiaga Africa has leadership structures and members in all 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria.