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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


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Transforming Africa Through Leadership

30 June, 2017

Leadership. This is one word, one quality that seems to have long evaded most of Africa. From dictators to pawns to blatantly self-interested figures, Africa has been plagued with a leadership that is more interested in the well-being of themselves and a select few than that of the many. This has led to a state of rampant corruption in government and business, lack of opportunities for young, driven individuals and weak institutions that have left our countries clutching at straws to stay afloat.

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ISTR PhD Seminar: Call for Applications

29 June, 2017

Deadline for Submissions is 29 September 2017

The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is pleased to announce the fourth ISTR PhD Seminar preceding the 13th International Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in July 2018. The ISTR PhD Seminar is a recurring event that takes place bi-annually in conjunction with the international conference.

Civil Society Situation Report May 1-15,2017

29 June, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report.

With support from the European Union and other civil society organisations, Sierra Leone launched a three-year program dedicated to training individuals and CSO’s on the importance of civic engagement in local communities.

World Press Freedom Day was celebrated on May 3. CSOs across West Africa took the opportunity to call upon the government to repeal laws obstructing press freedom as well as for civil society to stand up for its freedom of expression. Various countries celebrated the progress made in this area, but also lamented the challenges that still stand. In Sénégal, hundreds of media representatives marched in protest of the economic struggles that prevent journalists from being effective in their work.

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WACSI Partners with TechSoup to Provide Affordable Technology to CSOs in West Africa

16 June, 2017

West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has partnered TechSoup, a technology-driven non-profit organisation, to provide subsidised products and services to other non-governmental organisations across West Africa. WACSI’s mandate, which is is to strengthen the institutional and operational capacities of civil society organisations (CSOs) to become more collaborative, responsive and resilient, resonates with Tecshoup’s mandate to build the capacity of CSOs through technology donation, training and technical assistance.

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WACSI Shapes the Future of Civil Society in West Africa

02 June, 2017

In response to the leadership deficit in West Africa, WACSI continues to invest in developing the competencies of the next generation of leaders within the Region. The Institute believes that by offering this opportunity to the upcoming generation, a major mandate of strengthening civil society is achieved.

WACSI, with support from the Ford Foundation and Rockdale Foundation, equipped 18 young West Africans from 11 countries to better serve the needs of civil society in their respective countries through its Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI). The training was held at WACSI in Accra from May 8 to 19, 2017.

Call for Poject Proposals: French Solidarity Programme

30 May, 2017

“Strengthening the Professional Skills of Civil Society Organisations in Ghana”

Request for proposals from Ghanaian Civil Society Organisations
Location: Ghana
Duration:12 to 15 Months
Deadline for Submission:29th June 2017 at 4 pm GMT(both soft copy and hard copy)
Start Date: August 2017

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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