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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society


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Launching of Ghana Civil Society Website in Tamale and Kumasi

Civil society organizations (CSOs) in Ghana now have a dedicated website developed to promote their work.

WACSI, in collaboration with the French Embassy, the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ghana, conducted a holistic research which identified 1036 CSOs currently registered and working in Ghana to contribute to national development.

The research culminated in the development of a website dedicated to host contact addresses and profiles of all registered CSOs in Ghana. The website also provides concurrent information on the activities of CSOs and opportunities that could benefit CSOs working in all ten regions of Ghana. CSOs welcomed this initiative that has enabled them to be in the spotlight of development actors across the globe.

An official national launch of the site took place at the residence of the French Ambassador to Ghana on Tuesday September 20, 2011. The first regional launch is scheduled to take place in Tamale in the Northern region on Tuesday 20th March 2012 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Radach Lodge. This launch will witness the participation of CSOs in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions of Ghana.

A subsequent launch will follow on Thursday 22nd March 2012 at Fosua Hotel, Aseda House at Kumasi, for CSOs in the Western, Brong Ahafo and Ashanti Regions. The launching event seeks to raise awareness on the existence of this online platform for all CSOs in Ghana and to encourage all CSOs to be identified with the website.

This online directory for CSOs in Ghana facilitates networking among CSOs working in the same core areas at district, regional and national levels. Some of the organizations have so far testified that they have been able to identify organizations working in the same thematic areas in different regions of the country. The website serves as an ‘open’ source of information about CSOs in Ghana and provides comprehensive facts for donors, government agencies and other stakeholders who are now able to freely access information on accredited and duly register CSOs in Ghana.

WACSI seeks to replicate this laudable initiative in all 16 West African countries including Tchad and Cameroon. The Institute welcomes the support of potential collaborating partners who appreciate this initiative to support the Institute to reach this goal.

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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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