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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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Strategic Human Rights Litigation Course 2019

09 December, 2018

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) invites applicants for the 2019 Africa Human Rights Litigation Course, to be held in Accra, Ghana from April 10 to 12, 2019. The course provides a unique opportunity for human rights professionals to build on their experience and to develop their skills to successfully bring cases to the...

Change the Game Academy Newsletter

16 November, 2018

In today’s world, there are many organisations seeking to address various needs in society. This has led to the competition for grants, especially in the developing countries. There has been a culture of looking for aid far away from the borders of the communities that need them. Yet often times, solutions may lie on their door fronts and all that is needed is training to look within, change...

It Is Time for a Public Health Approach to the Illicit Drug Problem in Liberia

12 November, 2018

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The Senate Committee Chairman on Youth and Sports has called for the decriminalisation of drug use and to consider it from a public health perspective. Senator Commany Wesseh explained that the drug law should be reformed in order for the traffickers to be heavily dealt with rather than enforce punitive measure on the problematic drug users.

WACSI Hosts 3rd Annual iCon Meeting

25 October, 2018

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From the 17 th - 18 th October, 2018, WACSI hosted 13 members of the International Consortium on Closing Civic Space (iCon) at its secretariat. During her opening remarks, the Executive Director of WACSI, Nana Asantewa Afadzinu congratulated iCon for their efforts in pushing back on closing civic space. She added that their work was timely and needed for the sustainability of civil...

Functioning Beyond Donor Dependency

23 October, 2018

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“We’ve improved our ways of generating funds locally towards projects instead of depending solely on foreign aid and internally generated funds. This awareness only came about through our participation in the training on Local Resource Mobilisation for Civil Society in Ghana”, confessed Charles Mensah, Deputy Director of the Hope for Children and Aged Rehabilitation Center, a community-based...

Civil Society Situation Report September 2018

15 October, 2018

Over the past one month, the level and engagements of civil society activities in West Africa have been observed to be on the rise as they are confronted with a number of actions and setbacks with the government as well as citizens. 

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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