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Strengthening the Professional Skills of CSOs in Ghana

In 2016, the Embassy of France in Ghana partnered with WACSI under a 3-year capacity building project to “Strengthen the Professional Skills of CSOs in Ghana’’. In line with this, WACSI organised a five-day training on Policy Engagement, Networking and Alliance Building for 16 civil society practitioners in Ghana, with participants from 14 civil society organisations.

Keeping to WACSI’s standard of excellence, relevant materials, tools and a “learning by doing approach” were put in place to facilitate the learning process. This enabled the participants to learn from various practical exercises and contribute to the learning process by sharing their professional experiences leading to a general display of passion, determination and enthusiasm during the five-day training.

N.A Cobblah, the Executive Director of Youth Volunteers for the Environment (Ghana) affirmed that “The training has helped me acquire hands on skills to be able to manage conflict and come out with innovative ways to sustain my organisation.” Similarly, Emmanuel Mawanye KOTIN, the Executive Director of Africa Center for Security and Counter Terrorism stated that he had gained “practical hands-on training in Policy Advocacy Cycle, Policy Making Cycle and Stakeholder Analysis that came handy with this training.”

The five-day training took place from 11 to 15 September 2017 at WACSI’s Secretariat in Accra Ghana.

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