Background and Eligibility
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.
- Resident and work in Nigeria or other countries within the West African sub-region, Cameroon or Equatorial Guinea, and possess valid travel documents for non-Nigerian prospective participants
Females are strongly advised to apply.
Application Opens: March 17, 2023
Application Closes: March 24, 2023
Only successful applicants will receive a communication from us on or before March 31st, 2023
A final Zoom interview will be required for selected candidates
The Community Organizing Institute will hold in April 2023
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