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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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Functioning Beyond Donor Dependency

23 October, 2018

Solar Lab (photo: )

“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. 

Tapping into the Local Resource Mobilisation Pool

15 October, 2018

UPCO Staff and the Elders of the Community (photo: )

Since its creation in 2000, Urban Poor Child Organisation (UPCO) has experienced some resource mobilisation challenges. This impeded their ability to locally mobilise resources to sustain their mission and ensure that needy children of school going age are provided with quality education and training through the effective and efficient management of resources and to make education...

Civil Society in Ghana Strategise towards a Sustainable Future

08 October, 2018

Participants of the Eastern, Volta and Greater Accra Regions for the Convening on the Civil Society Sustainability in Ghana (photo: WACSI)

The state of civil society’s sustainability in Ghana remains challenging. This was realised from a research on the State of Civil Society’s Sustainability in Ghana published by the West Africa Civil Society Institute in collaboration with STAR-Ghana.

CSOs in Ghana Commit to Work Towards their Sustainability

25 September, 2018

Participants from the Civil Society Sustainability Convening in Kumasi (photo: WACSI)

The state of civil society sustainability in Ghana remains challenging. This is a key outcome of the research on the State of Civil Society’s Sustainability in Ghana. “Sustainability is an issue that is at stake when it comes to civil society [organisations]. Some of the challenges are connected to the over-dependence on funding, especially foreign funding”, affirms Sister Olivia Omor,...

Media Reporting on Substance Use: Magnifying or Reducing the Harm?

14 September, 2018

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Over the past four months, phrases such as “sweet, sweet codeine” and “end tramadol abuse now” have become very popular in Ghana and Nigeria. These terms emanated from a title of a documentary on codeine abuse in Nigeria produced by BBC - Africa’s Eye, and a campaign launched by the GHOne after a series of documentaries on tramadol abuse in the country. These documentaries have played a...

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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