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West Africa Civil Society Institute


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


Participants with the WACSI team after the training (photo: WACSI)

26 Practitioners Empowered to Promote Evidence Based Policy Research in Africa

26 September, 2016

Twenty-six civil society practitioners from Ghana, The Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Nigeria have been well equipped to conduct policy research and policy analysis to positively influence the social and economic policies in Africa. 

Group picture of YALI Participants and their Facilitators (photo: WACSI)

WACSI Facilitates Training on Civil Society Sustainability and Governance at the YALI Regional Leadership Centre

09 September, 2016

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) facilitated a two-day training for fifty-six Fellows of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) under the Civic Leadership track.
The Civil Society track comprises of two modules delivered by WACSI on ‘Civil Society Leadership, Governance’ and ‘Sustainability’, respectively.

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 16th – 31st August 2016

05 September, 2016

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Abuja-Nigeria for example, 15 West African countries including Portuguese speaking ones and Cameroonian CSOs discussed about the strategies of financing the development of the region during the 2nd West Africa Civil Society Policy Dialogue Series (WAC-PoDiS). Considering that West Africa loses $9.3 billion per annum to concessions and tax waivers, the dialogue recommended first, to strengthen, review and reform the revenue collection system in order to block revenues leakages and secondly, to promote domestic resource mobilisation instead of sourcing funds from external donors.

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Capacity Development: A Life-long Recommended Process for CSOs

05 September, 2016

WACSI has published its first WACseries Op-Ed edition 2016 titled ‘Running with Capacity Development: WACSI’s Marathon Experience’. This issue documents WACSI’s experience in the capacity development process; as a provider of capacity development services to organisations across West Africa, and, its approach to capacity development for its own growth.

Octave (left), Elodie (middle), Joel (right) (photo: WACSI)

Developing the Capacity of Civil Society Leaders

30 August, 2016

Since 2008, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has worked significantly towards grooming young professionals from across West Africa.

The Kilimanjaro Declaration

29 August, 2016

Africans Rising:For Justice, Peace and Dignity

We, the citizens and descendants of Africa, as part of the Africans Rising Movement, are outraged by the centuries of oppression; we condemn the plunder of our natural and mineral resources and the suppression of our fundamental human rights.

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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