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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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The Spindle Supports the Global Goals Jam 2017 to stimulate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. “An attribution to solving

05 July, 2017

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and MediaLAB Amsterdam, are presenting the 2nd edition of the #GlobalGoalsJam. We are all looking for design/ prototype interventions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and ask for local challenges that matter to you & your partner organisations. In 2017 the Global Goals Jam will take place all over the world from...

Civil Society Situation Report May 16- 31 2017

05 July, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa is captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Burkina-Faso, a new coalition of civil society organisations was established to encourage leaders to take action against acts of violence and poor living conditions; especially for women and youth. Multiple civil society organisations were central in launching the Africans Rising movement in...

ISTR PhD Seminar: Call for Applications

29 June, 2017

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Deadline for Submissions is 29 September 2017 The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is pleased to announce the fourth ISTR PhD Seminar preceding the 13th International Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in July 2018. The ISTR PhD Seminar is a recurring event that takes place bi-annually in conjunction with the international conference....

Civil Society Situation Report May 1-15,2017

29 June, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. With support from the European Union and other civil society organisations, Sierra Leone launched a three-year program dedicated to training individuals and CSO’s on the importance of civic engagement in local communities. World Press Freedom Day was celebrated on May 3. CSOs across West...

WACSI Shapes the Future of Civil Society in West Africa

02 June, 2017

CSLI Fellows and Faculty Members with Prof Pat Utomi (left), Prof Esi Sutherland (Second left), Justice Emile Short(middle) and Nana Asantewa Afadzinu (right) (photo: )

In response to the leadership deficit in West Africa, WACSI continues to invest in developing the competencies of the next generation of leaders within the Region. The Institute believes that by offering this opportunity to the upcoming generation, a major mandate of strengthening civil society is achieved. WACSI, with support from the Ford Foundation and Rockdale Foundation , equipped...

Call for Poject Proposals: French Solidarity Programme

30 May, 2017

“Strengthening the Professional Skills of Civil Society Organisations in Ghana” Request for proposals from Ghanaian Civil Society Organisations Location: Ghana Duration:12 to 15 Months Deadline for Submission:29th June 2017 at 4 pm GMT(both soft copy and hard copy) Start Date: August 2017

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 1-15 April 2017

09 May, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Niger, for example, civil society and government opposition forces manifested in the streets of Niamey. They denounced poor governance, difficulties in the school sector and the presence of foreign military bases. This is the second time that civil society and opposition, after a long legal...

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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