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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 August 2018

12 September, 2018

From politicians violating human rights to repressive laws and downright violence, the civic space in many West African countries is shrinking even amidst rising advocacy. The August edition of the Situation Report captures some of the activities and key actions of civil society organisations (CSOs) in West Africa as well as strategies they are using to engage with key stakeholders and...

WACSI Trains Civil Society Actors on Evidence Based Advocacy

15 August, 2018

Participants and Facilitators of the Evidence Based Advocacy Training (photo: WACSI)

In line with our mandate to capacitate civil society actors in the sub-region, WACSI organised a 5-day training on Evidence Based Advocacy from 23-27 July 2018 in Accra, Ghana. The training which was held at WACSI’s training centre attracted the participation of 12 civil society practitioners from countries including Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Ghana, Zimbabwe and the Gambia....

Advancing Women’s Agenda in West Africa

08 August, 2018

Participants of the West African Women's Dialogue  (photo: WACSI)

Decades after the Beijing Women’s Conference in China, gender equality continues to face stiff resistance across sectors of the African society.  Notwithstanding, the inclusion of gender equality as a key policy agenda in many international instruments including the Sustainable Development Goals (specifically Goal 5), Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women...

Civil Society Situation Report 01-31 July, 2018

08 August, 2018

Over the month of July, the West African civic space has been very dynamic. Many of its actors undertook key actions to improve the lives of citizens. Civil society organisations (CSOs) in The Gambia were particularly active by championing the fight against fraud and corruption. Across the region, several CSOs were engaged in different advocacy actions. In Guinea Bissau for example, they...

Transformational Leadership for Change – A CSLI Story

06 August, 2018

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“I used to focus on just myself, completing my daily tasks without considering a holistic approach to enhance my organisation’s work,” Chinenye Etoniru, a 2017 Fellow of WACSI’s Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI), shared as she reflected on the impact of the programme on her personal and organisational development.

Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

06 August, 2018

Cesaltina Tavares Sa,past intern under the Knowledge Management Unit (photo: )

“It was an honour to be a Next Generation Intern with WACSI”, said Cesaltina Travares Sa, after completing a six-month internship at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in June 2018. In January 2018, Sa was among three young West Africans admitted into WACSI’s Next Generation Internship (NGI) programme. She is the first female from Guinea Bissau to participate in the programme....

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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