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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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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...

'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...

Strengthening the Professional Skills of CSOs in Ghana

07 November, 2017

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In 2016, the Embassy of France in Ghana partnered with WACSI under a 3-year capacity building project to “Strengthen the Professional Skills of CSOs in Ghana’’. In line with this, WACSI organised a five-day training on Policy Engagement, Networking and Alliance Building for 16 civil society practitioners in Ghana, with participants from 14 civil society organisations....

Advancing Drug Policy Reforms in the Mano River Region

06 November, 2017

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On the 25-26 October 2017, the West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN), West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) organised a two-day multisectoral drug policy reform meeting for the Mano River Union.

Empowering Youth Participation in Governance Through Digital Space

31 October, 2017

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Communication does not only strengthen every aspect of life including relationships, businesses and governance, it is an integral component of it. The advent of social media about a decade ago has not only changed the dynamics of communications, but created opportunities for millions of people all over the globe who are now connect through platforms like Facebook and Twitter....

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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