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Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 15 – 30 April 2017

04 May, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Guinea, PROJED and French civil society actors discuss the issue of promoting renewal and alteration for youth and women in civil society organisation.

The situation report also covers Ghana, where the West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is organising the second edition of its leadership programme, the Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI) to strengthen leadership, thinking and practice in West Africa. The programme was designed to strengthen the capacity of mid-level managers within civil society in the region, to effect social change.

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16 January, 2017

Civil Society contributes immensely to the continuous growth of West Africa.

At WACSI, we firmly believe that capacity development is essential to the successful growth of organisations.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SDGs Financing: West African CSOs decry Governments' Reliance on Foreign Aid

29 August, 2016

Globally, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to better the lives of people everywhere, without ‘leaving anybody behind’. Although the SDGs are a noble agenda, the United Nations estimates it will cost $1.5 trillion more than the preceding Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in order to meet the set targets. Yet, resource mobilisation remains an evident challenge for those seeking to move the agenda from rhetoric to reality. Recognizing the unclear role for civil society in tackling this challenge, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) convened the second of its 2016 West Africa Civil Society Policy Dialogue Series (WAC-PODiS) under the theme: Financing Our Development: Strategies for Domestic Resource Mobilisation for Agenda 2030 in West Africa and the role of civil society. 

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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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