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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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


Invitation to Apply: 2nd West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy

05 June, 2015

The University of Ghana School of Law, in collaboration with the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program and Open Society Initiative for West Africa, is inviting applications for its intensive 6-day 2nd West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy to be held at the University of Ghana, Legon between July 27 and 1 August, 2015.

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Illicit Financial Flows Represent Missed Opportunities for West Africa’s
Development and Economic Needs

05 June, 2015

OSIWA/Dalberg report provides recommendations for improved governance

June 3rd, 2015 – Dakar, Senegal – Capital flight and illicit financial flows represent missed opportunities for generating state revenue desperately needed to finance key sectors of West Africa’s economy, tackle poverty and invest in social protection and safety nets. 

Barbara Yale, Technical Advisor of USAID (middle) discussing with Charles Vandyck of WACSI (photo: WACSI)

USAID and WACSI Plan to Strengthen Civil Society in Ghana

15 May, 2015

The lack of adequate skills set remains a critical challenge facing civil society organisations (CSOs) in Ghana. This was highlighted by a civil society rapid index assessment conducted by the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition with support from CIVICUS and WACSI in 2013.

Participants map out mass atrocity prevention strategies during the training (photo: WACSI)

Civil Society Actors Equipped to Prevent Mass Atrocities

15 May, 2015

The increasing number of conflicts in Africa motivated Okaismael Kouassi Yayi to take part in a training on Mass Atrocity Prevention for civil society organisations (CSOs) in West Africa.

WACAM Activist Receives National May Day Award

12 May, 2015

Mr Adusah Yakubu, the Zonal Officer of Wacam for Kenyase area was among the people    who were honoured at the 2015 National May Day parade held at the Independence Square, in Accra on 1st May 2015. 

The Deputy Coordinator speaks about his reason for coming to WACSI while Franck Sombo (L) looks on (photo: WACSI)

Poised to get the most from WACSI’s Resource Mobilisation Training

12 May, 2015

“The success and sustainability of every local organisation especially non-governmental organisations (NGOs) lies on the skill to develop proposals and mobilise resources” said Mathias Daji Yake, who works for an NGO based in Bauchi, in the north eastern state of Bauchi in Nigeria.

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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