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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society


WACSITech is a Technology donation programme for Nonprofit Organisations in  West Africa, Cameroon and Chad. The initiative is a partnership between WACSI and Techsoup Global with the aim to provide technology assistance to nonprofit organisations in West Africa to maximise their ICT infrastructure and support their mission.

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Civil Society Situation Report June 1-15,2017

09 August, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa is captured in this first half of June edition of the Situation Report. In this report, civil society organisations organised youths in Guinea-Conakry to protest the continued outage of electricity. In Mali, government’s plan to restrict freedom of peaceful assembly of citizens were met with serious condemnation by civil society organisations. Also...

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 Partners with TechSoup to Provide Affordable Technology to CSOs in West Africa

16 June, 2017

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West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has partnered TechSoup , a technology-driven non-profit organisation, to provide subsidised products and services to other non-governmental organisations across West Africa. WACSI’s mandate, which is is to strengthen the institutional and operational capacities of civil society organisations (CSOs) to become more collaborative, responsive and...

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...

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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