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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society


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Enabling Social Transformation through a Robust and Vibrant Civil Society

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.

This strategy stands out from the others as it introduces thematic focus areas for WACSI for the first time. The four thematic areas; creating an enabling environment for civil society, civil society sustainability, technology for development and women and youth leadership, seek to address the current and future landscape of development in the region.

Aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, WACSI under the Women and Youth Leadership theme gives attention to bolstering the agency of women and youth, recognising the central role they play in the transformation of the sub region.

The new strategic direction is geared towards strengthening civil society in West Africa to be more responsive, resilient, collaborative and influential through knowledge sharing, learning, connecting and influencing which if accomplished, will contribute to a peaceful and prosperous West Africa where development is driven by its people.

As part of the organisations push towards a WACSI and civil society beyond aid, Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, the Executive Director, indicated WACSI’s intention to seek a sustainable and diverse revenue stream to fund planned programmes.[1]

She further added that WACSI would create spaces and platforms for diverse groups of civil society to connect, share and learn from each other and with non-civil society actors, through an approach that would focus on facilitating multi-stakeholder engagement on critical issues, strengthening civic voices and linking networks and alliances.

Justice Emile Short, former Chairman of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and WACSI Board Member, who chaired the launch, urged partners from all over the region to support WACSI’s work to enhance the effectiveness and capacity of civil society organisations to deliver on their various mandates to boost West Africa’s socio-economic development.

WACSI, established by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) in 2005, seeks to strengthen the operational capacity of civil society to drive a people-centered development in West Africa.


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