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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society


WACSI is positioning itself to become a civil society knowledge sharing hub and a credible centre of learning with international recognition and accreditation. We envision a veritable civil society resource centre that caters for the capacity development needs of civil society organisations in West Africa.

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Vacancy Announcement - Head of Knowledge Management

19 December, 2017

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The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established to strengthen civil society in the region through knowledge sharing, connecting and influencing. WACSI is looking for a committed, motivated and dynamic person to join its team to contribute to enhancing civil society’s professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness in West Africa. Applications are hereby invited from...

Stories of Change- CSLI

11 December, 2017

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This publication showcases leadership stories from various communities within West Africa. The stories highlight the growth and influence of young West Africans leaders who continue to shape the development of their various organisations and communities. The publication reveals their abilities to lead themselves, lead others, transform organisations and influence society. The publication is a...

Strengthening ECOWAS: A citizen’s responsibility

07 December, 2017

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Free movement of West African citizens is a right that other African regions have started to recognize has an integral part of transforming the African continent. Moreover, with a common tariff system, 200 million citizens from Dakar, Senegal to Maiduguri, Nigeria benefit from a custom union, which is an important step towards establishing a common market. Transportation within the region...

Civil Society Situation Report 15 Oct- 15 Nov,2017

05 December, 2017

Civil society in West Africa, Cameroon and Chad continued to pursue divergent mandates and face unique challenges, as reflected in the diversity of the population, and the political, economic and social realities of the countries of the region. Nonetheless, general trends can be observed in the activities of civil society across West Africa, as citizens continue to demonstrate their awareness...

Social Accountability Guidebook

05 December, 2017

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The Social Accountability Guidebook for CSOs is a learning resource that is intended to support the building of a community of practice of social accountability practitioners, advocates, and champions in West Africa. The Guidebook presents case studies of social accountability initiatives from the West African sub-region, interspersed with definitions of terminologies related to the concept....

'The culture of personal development' – The Franck Sombo Story

29 November, 2017

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“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.” - Harvey S. Firestone After working for six years as a Junior Officer at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), Mr. Franck Sombo has been elevated to the position of Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL). In 2013 when Franck won the best staff of the year award he remarked “I feel privileged...

Inter-generational Leadership

29 November, 2017

President Barack Obama walking with mentees on the South Lawn of the White House. (photo: Pete Souza)

Over the past five years, I have had the opportunity to experience the responsibility of a parent and the leadership of my children. With guidance from us, as parents, they develop capabilities shaping their own lives, indicating their preferences and asserting their personalities. Overtime, as parents, we adjust to their growth, their strength, until they take their first wobbly step, a sign...

Resource Centre

The Institute has a resource centre that is open to civil society actors in the region. It serves as a library of civil society documents, research reports and edited volumes that are accessible to both individuals and organisations. The Institute has partnered the Foundation Centre to provide online learning resources and a database of grant giving institutions in the United States of America.

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