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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society

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About WACSI

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in 2005 to reinforce the capacities of civil society in the sub-region. The Institute became operational in July 2007.

Our Mission

We strengthen civil society in West Africa to be responsive, collaborative, representative, resilient and influential through knowledge sharing, learning, connecting and influencing.

Our Vision

A peaceful and prosperous West Africa where development is driven by its people.

Our Theory of Change

Learn more about our organizational strategy here.

 Our Core Values

WACSI’s core values are the driving force of its operational and institutional standards. These values characterize the Institute’s unique approach towards the capacity development of civil society organisations in West Africa. WACSI’s core values are:

Leadership

We practice what we preach. We model our work to empower CSOs by setting exemplary leadership and standards of organisational management and governance

Diversity

We are the hub of an efficient, effective, influential and sustainable civil society community in West Africa that reflects the region’s rich socio-cultural diversity.

Excellence

In all our activities and relations with partners, we strive for excellence as the minimum standard in the quality of our work.

Collaboration

Our strategic partnership approach is one of our key assets. We value and foster partnerships, networks and strategic mutual relationships with relevant development stakeholders. 

Relationship

WACSI recognises that its greatest assets are its staff, interns, volunteers, resource persons, trainees, donors. The Institute values and fosters partnerships, networks and strategic mutual relationships with all stakeholders.

Non-Discrimination

We believe in and respect the principles of equity, inclusion and non-discrimination. We are committed to working with all persons, without discrimination, to promote open, democratic and developed societies in West Africa. 

Ethics

We abide by the highest ethical standards of transparency, accountability, mutual respect and integrity. 

People-Centered

We value the people we work with; we recognise that our staff, interns, volunteers, resource persons, beneficiaries and partners are the backbone of our operations. 

Innovation

We constantly explore creative ways to strengthen civil society. We are agile and responsive to the changing needs of our stakeholders.

Regional Focus

Having understood the challenges that development practitioners face in the West African sub region, our creative and custom-made interventions continue to respond to operational and institutional challenges of national and regional civil society institutions in Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal. In the near future, the Institute will also focus on invigorating, the capacities of development practitioners in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Gambia, Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau.

WACSI is the co-implementing partner of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) programme.

 

  • Prof. John Igue, Board Chair

    Prof. John O. IGUE is the new Board Chair of the Institute. He is a citizen of Benin and Professor of Geography at the Former National University of Benin (renamed University of Abomey Calavi) and General Director of West Africa Institute in Cape Verde. He has recently assumed the responsibilities of Scientific Director of Laboratoire d’Analyse Régionale et d’Expertise Sociale (LARES) (1989-2011), Advisor of The Sahelian and West African Club – OECD – Paris. Previously, he was the Benin Minister of Industry and Small scale and Medium Enterprises from 1998-2001 and Dean of Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences of National University of Benin from 1978-1981. He has published extensively and has worked with regional bodies in West Africa.

  • Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, Executive Director

    Nana Asantewa Afadzinu,Ghanaian; currently serves as the Executive Director of WACSI. Until September 2010, she was the Regional Policy Advisor for IBIS West Africa. She also served as the Country Coordinator for OSIWA-Nigeria from January 2006-2008.

  • Justice Emile Short, Member

    Justice Emile Short, Ghanaian, served as a Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice between 1993 and 2010. Between 2004 and 2009, he was granted leave of absence from the Commission to take up an appointment as a Judge with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in Arusha, Tanzania. He has served as the President of the African Ombudsman Centre, and as a Consultant for the UNDP, the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, the Danish Institute of Human Rights, the Carter Center (USA), and Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Sweden.

  • Ms. Taaka Awori, Member

    Ms. Taaka Awori of Liberian and Ugandian Nationality is a Consultant with Social Development and Organisational Development expertise. She has significant experience in working with donor agencies and funding mechanisms for civil society. She worked as Asst. Social Development Adviser of DFID; and undertook consultancies for many institutions such as African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), U. K. Dept. for International Development (DFID); Comic Relief , London, U.K; World Bank Institute (WBI), African Development Bank (AfDB), CARE International, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), DANIDA, (Royal Danish Embassy), among others.

  • Dr. Diallo Kadidiatou Lamarana, Member

    Dr. Diallo Kadidiatou Lamarana, Guinean, is a consultant on gender issues who promotes a culture of peace in Guinea. She is the Secretary General of the Secretariat of the Masters (part-time) at the University of GLC Sonfonia (Conakry) where she oversees the thesis of researchers. She has worked in several ministries in Guinea, the latest of which is the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research as a professor seconded to the Centre for Environmental Studies and Research (CEER). She also has intensive knowledge on gender issues and is a member of several women's associations. She has several publications to her title and participated in drafting the initial report on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1997.  

  • Abiana Nelson, Member

    Abiana Nelson is a Ghanaian. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor with nineteen years of experience in the provision of auditing, accountancy and business solutions. Countries she has worked in include Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, United States of America, and Bangladesh. She has sixteen years of experience with Price Waterhouse Coopers. The first eleven years of which were spent in the Assurance line of service. She took a three year break in 2005 during which she was the West Africa Regional Audit Manager for World Vision International, a global non governmental organisation. She returned to Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2008 and joined the Advisory line of service where she provides financial and risk management services to clients. 

  • Mrs. Ayodeji Fajemirokun

    Mrs. Ayodeji Fajemirokun, is an Electrical Engineer and a technology consultant to many donor agencies and government para-statals. She is the Director General of Easyduzit Groupe; an Information Communication and Technology firm, located in the Republic of Benin and in Nigeria. She is also a strong advocate for regional integration and development especially amongst women entrepreneurs. She initiated various programmes such as OAWEF and ECOTIC that brought together businesses and women in all the fifteen ECOWAS Countries.

    Mrs. Ayodeji Fajemirokun is the Executive Director of OAK Centre, Benin where she dedicates her time to promoting family values, unity and core purpose through education, entertainment and recreation.

    She brings to the WACSI board her extensive experience in shared governance, grants development, fundraising, strategic planning and resources allocation.

  • Nana Asantewa Afadzinu

    Nana Afadzinu is a Ghanaian and currently serves as the Executive Director of the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in October 2010. 

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  • Katherine Adarkwa

    Katherine is a Ghanaian and currently heads the Administrative Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in July 2006.

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  • Charles Kojo Vandyck

    Charles Kojo Vandyck is a Ghanaian and currently heads the Capacity Development Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). He joined the Institute in April 2008. 

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  • Kwabena Kroduah

    Kwabena Kroduah is a Ghanaian and currently heads the Finance Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). He joined the Institute in January 2008. 

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  • Omolara T. Balogun

    Omolara Balogun is a Nigerian and currently heads the Policy Influencing and Advocacy Unit at the West Africa Civil Society(WACSI). She joined the Institute in September 2008.

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  • Samuel Kwadwo Owusu-Baafi

    Samuel Kwadwo Owusu-Baafi, Ghanaian and currently heads the Communications and Information unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). He joined the Institute in February 2017.

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  • Franck A. Sombo

    Franck A. Sombo is an Ivorian and currently heads the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Unit (MEL) at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). He joined the Institute in July 2011.

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  • Harrison Owusu

    Harrison Boakye Owusu is a Ghanaian and currently the Project Officer for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Project being co-implemented by WACSI and IREX. He joined the Institute in October 2010.

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  • Matel Sow

    Matel Sow is a Senegalese and currently the Programme Officer in the Knowledge Management Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in May 2016.

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  • Samuel Appiah

    Samuel Appiah is a Ghanaian and currently the Programme Officer in the Finance and Administration Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute. He joined the Institute in May, 2016.

  • Banon Y. Leandre

    Banon Yao Leandre is Beninese and currently the Programme Officer in the Capacity Development Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute(WACSI). He joined the Institute in September 2014.

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  • Regina Baiden

    Regina Baiden is a Ghanaian and currently the Programme Officer in the Policy Advocacy and Influencing unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in August 2016.

  • Nana Ekua Awotwi

    Nana Ekua is Ghanaian and currently the Executive Assistant at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in July 2016.

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  • Maame Darkwaa Twum Barima

    Maame Darkwaa Twum Barima is a Ghanaian, and currently the Programme Assistant in the Communications and Information Unit. She joined the Institute in July 2015.

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  • Chamrid Kpadonou

    Chamrid Kpadonou, is Beninese and currently a Project Coordinator for the West Africa Drug Policy Project in the Capacity Development Unit. He joined the Institute in January 2016.

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  • Ekua Yamoah

    Ekua Yamoah, is a Ghanaian and currently the Project Assistant of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Project which is being co-implemented by WACSI and IREX. She joined the Institute in September 2016.

  • Joel Loua

    Joel Loua is Guinean and currently a Project Coordinator for the TechSoup West Africa Project in the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Unit. He joined the Institute in June 2017.

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  • Grace Akpene Ziggah

    Grace Akpene Ziggah is a Togolese currently the Receptionist/ Bilingual Secretary at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in June 2009.

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  • Bethel Kwame Boateng

    Bethel is a Ghanaian. He provides technical and IT related support to the Institute. He joined the Institute in October 2006. 

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  • Sandra Ndangha

    Sandra Ndangha, is Cameroonian and currently a Programme Assistant in the Policy Influencing and Advocacy Unit, under the Next Generation Leadership Programme at the West Africa Civil Society Institute. She joined the Institute in January 2018.

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  • Mouctar Diallo

    Mouctar Diallo, is Guinean and currently a Programme Assistant in the Capacity Development Unit under the Next Generation Leadership Internship Programme at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). He joined the Institute in January 2018.

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  • Cesaltina Tavares Sa

    Cesaltina Tavares Sa is from Guinea Bissau and currently a Programme Assistant in the Knowledge Management Unit, under the Next Generation Leadership Programme at the West Africa Civil Society Institute. She joined the institute in January 2018.

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  • Maxwell Apenteng

    Maxwell Apenteng is a Ghanaian and joined WACSI in September 2010. He provides gardening and janitorial services at the Institute.

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West Africa Civil Society Institute

NO. 9 Bingo Street, East Legon
P.O. Box AT 1956, Achimota
Accra, Ghana
Tel: 233 302 542010/ 522589
Fax: 233 302 522588 
Email: info@wacsi.org

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