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Vacancy Announcement Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

13 April, 2018

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in collaboration with its partners is currently implementing the Immunisation Advocacy Initiative (IAI), focused on advocacy for domestic financing of immunisation in Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire and Kenya. The initiative is a 3-year programme, which seeks to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) to lead on national advocacy efforts for increased allocation of resources towards immunisation.

Vacancy Announcement Project Officer: Immunisation Advocacy Initiative

09 April, 2018

WACSI in collaboration with its partners is currently implementing the Immunisation Advocacy Initiative which is focused on advocacy for domestic financing of immunisation in Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire and Kenya. The initiative is a 3-year programme and seeks to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) to lead on national advocacy efforts for increased allocation of resources towards immunisation—specifically in children from 5-years and below.

Civil Society Situation Report 01-31 January,2018

09 April, 2018

Civil society in West Africa, Cameroon and Chad continued to pursue divergent mandates and face unique challenges, as reflected in the diversity of the population, and the political, economic and social realities of the countries of the region. Nonetheless, general trends can be observed in the activities of civil society across West Africa, as citizens continue to demonstrate their awareness level through their increased demand for change in governance, socioeconomic benefits, free and fair elections, security and social justice.

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Enabling Social Transformation through a Robust and Vibrant Civil Society

06 April, 2018

Change makers identify macro and micro trends, adapting to them proactively. WACSI, with its third strategic plan seeks to do just that. The new strategy, which was launched on 01 March 2018, dubbed “Enabling Social Transformation through a Robust and Vibrant Civil Society”, seeks to strengthen civil society to be a driving force in the world of tomorrow in West Africa. The strategy cycle spans five year, 2018-2022.

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Our #MeToo Moment - Time to take a Look in the Mirror and Clean House

16 March, 2018

On October 5th, 2017, the New York Times published an explosive article stating that Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood producer, had been sexual harassing young, aspiring actresses for decades.[1] A snowball of accusations followed soon after and eventually led to the downfall of one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. Other notable players in the entertainment industry saw their careers suddenly tank as they were similarly accused of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviour. In the midst of this storm, activist Tarana Burke created the #MeToo hashtag, which swiftly became a rallying cry for women to share their stories about sexual harassment and abuse.



[1]Harvey Weinstein paid of Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades,” New York Times, October 5th, 2017.   See https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/us/harvey-weinstein-harassment-allegations.html.

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Emerging Public Leaders Ghana Fellowship

02 March, 2018

The Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) Ghana Fellowship is an exciting 2-year program for driven Ghanaians seeking to achieve extraordinary social impact.
EPL, in partnership with OCHS, SEO, and ACET provides:
• Opportunity to join Africa’s only civil service program for youth leadership in government + launch a meaningful career in public service
• Access to professional trainings and immersion excursions
• Connections to a regional network of advisors, mentors, alumni, and like-minded innovators

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.

For more info please contact us: resourcecentre@wacsi.org.

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