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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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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News & Upcoming Events


Nigeria: Election Eve Update

27 March, 2015

In a few hours, Nigerians will be going to the polls to vote for a President and members of the National Assembly. The election tomorrow will be a straight fight between the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples’ Democratic Party.

Vacancy Announcement: Research and Documentation Officer

24 March, 2015

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to strengthen civil society in the region through capacity enhancement, knowledge management and policy influencing.

22 Practitioners Empowered to Prevent Mass Atrocities in Nigeria

20 March, 2015

Participants and facilitators at the training (photo: WACSI)

Twenty practitioners from civil society organisations and four staff from government institutions –National Security Advisers’ Office (NSA) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) —in Nigeria working to prevent conflicts and promote peace have been adequately equipped to contribute towards efforts to prevent mass atrocities in the country.

Participants Wowed by CSLI 2015

19 March, 2015

Satisfied participants; Aicha Etrew from Ghana (left) and Fatoumatta Ndure from The Gambia (photo: WACSI)

20 middle level staff of civil society organisations in Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and The Gambia have expressed astonishment towards the ongoing Civil Society Leadership Institute.

Building Partnerships to Respond to CSOs’ Capacity Needs

19 March, 2015

Executive Director of WACSI (left) and Director of GIL (right) exchange signed agreement (photo: WACSI)

WACSI and the Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL) have signed a partnership pact that will enable them work closely in the coming years. The agreement was signed on Monday March 9, 2015 at the GIL premise in Accra. 

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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