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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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Our #MeToo Moment - Time to take a Look in the Mirror and Clean House

16 March, 2018

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On October 5 th , 2017, the New York Times published an explosive article stating that Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood producer, had been sexual harassing young, aspiring actresses for decades. [1] A snowball of accusations followed soon after and eventually led to the downfall of one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. Other notable players in the entertainment industry saw their careers...

Emerging Public Leaders Ghana Fellowship

02 March, 2018

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The Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) Ghana Fellowship is an exciting 2-year program for driven Ghanaians seeking to achieve extraordinary social impact. EPL, in partnership with OCHS, SEO, and ACET provides: • Opportunity to join Africa’s only civil service program for youth leadership in government + launch a meaningful career in public service • Access to professional trainings and immersion...

West Africa: Our Complex Challenge

05 January, 2018

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I recently read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, a book about collective responsibility on “how to get things right.” A surgeon, Gawande posits it is the combination of skills and expertise while following due diligence on each of the cases presented in the surgery room that makes a difference in the patient’s life. 

Promoting Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions as Enablers for Inclusive Sustainable Development in West Africa

19 December, 2017

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Sustainable Development Goal  (SDG) 16 is foundational to achieving all the other SDGs. This article analyses how this can be achieved, creating a domino effect of other SDG achievements.  "Adopted in September 2015, as a replacementfor the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are envisioned as a continuation of the MDGs with a more comprehensive and...

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...

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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Cultivating Knowledge to Strengthen Civil Society's Effectiveness

09 February, 2018

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Reforming Drug Control in West Africa through a Model Drug Law

06 December, 2017

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