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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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


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Grooming a Better Leader for WomenAid Ghana

04 July, 2016

Vivian Ivy Ablah Anagbonu has been empowered and motivated to be a better leader in her organisation. For four years, Vivian has offered dedicated services as the Chief Executive Officer of WomenAid Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that works to empower women and youth to improve their agricultural produce and increase their economic potentials. As the head of WomenAid Foundation, she strives to be more effective in providing support to women and youth.

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Practical Skills to Address the Increasing Leadership Gaps in Networks

27 June, 2016

Working with colleagues in networks is a crucial means of pursuing and achieving advocacy goals in the development sector. Civil society organisations understand this and periodically set up networks, as at when relevant, to pursue a common advocacy agenda or policy goal. This network building approach has been so instrumental to the success of many advocacy agenda and has also helped various thematic groups to forge stronger alliances to combat one or two of the many development challenges in our society.

Civil Society Situation Report 1-15 June,2016

27 June, 2016

This edition of the Situation Report covers among others, the meeting between the president of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Cote D’Ivoire. The government sought to collect the views of CSOs on the upcoming constitutional reform which will reduce the presidential term to five years, renewable only once. The report also covers the launch of the Child Road Safety Programme in Ghana by Amend and PUMA Energy Foundation. The project aims to protect more than 115,000 school children around the continent from road traffic injuries. Additionally, a West African grouping of faith based, rights, academic, women and youth organisations have urged the ECOWAS Heads of State to hold The Government of the Gambia, under the leadership of President Yaya Jammeh, accountable over its systematic violations of the region’s democracy and governance principles.

These and many more interesting civil society news updates are in this edition of the civil society situation report.

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WACSI Partners with CIVICUS on the Civic Space Monitor Initiative

27 June, 2016

WACSI has entered into a partnership with CIVICUS World Alliance For Citizen Participation on the Civic Space Monitor Initiative.
This will enable the Institute to track threats to civil society organisations’ engagements in Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal.

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Policy Research Methodology and Analysis Training for CSOs 12-15 September, 2016.

27 June, 2016

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is now accepting applications for the Policy Research Methodology and Analysis Training to hold from September 12- 15, 2016 at the WACSI Training Centre in Accra, Ghana. This course will enhance the participants’ skills in policy research methodology, policy analysis, data collection techniques, research report writing, and documentation. Participants will learn how to adopt the appropriate methodology and apply the right techniques to enhance their research work.
The course has been taught since 2008 by West African policy experts with in-depth knowledge of the region and rich practical experience of work in this area. Participants should ideally have some experience of policy research and analysis.

Statement Of Major Groups and Other Stakeholders on “Ensuring Inclusive and Integrated Implementation and Follow-up of the 2030 Agenda"

06 June, 2016


We, representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders met in Cairo on 17th May 2016 for a preparatory meeting for the 2nd Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) themed “Ensuring inclusive and integrated implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063”.

Read full statement here

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: [email protected].

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