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Updates on current activities and developments within the Institute and across the sub-region


Sandra Ndangha from Cameroon(left) Mouctar Diallo from Guinea(Middle),Cesaltina Tavares Sa from Guinea Bissau(right) (photo: WACSI)

Transforming African Leadership through the Next Generation

02 February, 2018

Africa has long suffered from a major deficit in leadership, threatening the future of the continent. To break the cycle of inadequate leadership it has become imperative to rethink how we groom leaders. It is crucial to develop leaders for the next generation today. Simon Sinek posits, “leadership is not about elections, but the next generation.”

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Vacancy Announcement - Head of Knowledge Management

30 January, 2018

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established to strengthen civil society in the region through knowledge sharing, connecting and influencing.

WACSI is looking for a committed, motivated and dynamic person to join its team to contribute to enhancing civil society’s professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness in West Africa.

Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified persons for a 2-year contract to its Knowledge Management Unit.

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WACSI 2018 Course Calendar

10 January, 2018

WACSI continues its drive to strengthen civil society in 2018. Please find our fee-paying courses for the year in this year's course calendar!

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West Africa: Our Complex Challenge

05 January, 2018

I recently read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande, a book about collective responsibility on “how to get things right.” A surgeon, Gawande posits it is the combination of skills and expertise while following due diligence on each of the cases presented in the surgery room that makes a difference in the patient’s life. 

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Promoting Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions as Enablers for Inclusive Sustainable Development in West Africa

19 December, 2017

Sustainable Development Goal  (SDG) 16 is foundational to achieving all the other SDGs. This article analyses how this can be achieved, creating a domino effect of other SDG achievements. 

"Adopted in September 2015, as a replacementfor the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are envisioned as a continuation of the MDGs with a more comprehensive and holistic approach to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all”1. The development agenda sets out 17 ambitious goals with key targets and indicators that will serve as guidelines for the accomplishment of the goals. Goal 16 focuses on peace, justice and strong institutions and is aimed at: a) promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development;b) providing access to justice for all; and c) building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels."

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Stories of Change- CSLI

11 December, 2017

This publication showcases leadership stories from various communities within West Africa. The stories highlight the growth and influence of young West Africans leaders who continue to shape the development of their various organisations and communities. The publication reveals their abilities to lead themselves, lead others, transform organisations and influence society. The publication is a product of CSLI organised by the West Africa Civil Society Institute with support from Ford Foundation West Africa.

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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