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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society


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


President Barack Obama walking with mentees on the South Lawn of the White House. (photo: Pete Souza)

Inter-generational Leadership

29 November, 2017

Over the past five years, I have had the opportunity to experience the responsibility of a parent and the leadership of my children. With guidance from us, as parents, they develop capabilities shaping their own lives, indicating their preferences and asserting their personalities. Overtime, as parents, we adjust to their growth, their strength, until they take their first wobbly step, a sign of greater independence and shared responsibility. In sharing the design of our lives, being attentive to their early steps while reprioritising, parents need to respond to cues, signs and other elements that we discover. This mutual exchange is often about preserving and safeguarding without restricting them from opportunities to learn, fall, recover, and most importantly allow them to be comfortable in their own new world. 

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WACSI and CARE Partner to Empower African Women

23 November, 2017

It can never be understated, the relevance of women’s financial inclusion to the well-being of communities and society. 

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Strengthening the Professional Skills of CSOs in Ghana

07 November, 2017

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.

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Advancing Drug Policy Reforms in the Mano River Region

06 November, 2017

On the 25-26 October 2017, the West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN), West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) organised a two-day multisectoral drug policy reform meeting for the Mano River Union.

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Empowering Youth Participation in Governance Through Digital Space

31 October, 2017

Communication does not only strengthen every aspect of life including relationships, businesses and governance, it is an integral component of it. The advent of social media about a decade ago has not only changed the dynamics of communications, but created opportunities for millions of people all over the globe who are now connect through platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

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Civil Society Situation Report 15 September- 15 October,2017

30 October, 2017

Civil society in West Africa, Cameroon and Chad 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. 

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.

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