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WACSI has a Resource Center with online and print resources to enrich knowledge on development related themes

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Decriminalising Drug Use, Why is it important?

WACSeries are analytical periodic write-ups on topical themes and issues relevant to West Africa. These write-ups provide experts, researchers and practitioners a space to reflect, analyse and posit views and recommendations on emerging issues and debates

Civil Society Sustainability and Local Capacity Development-A Case Study in Cameroun

WACSeries are analytical periodic write-ups on topical themes and issues relevant to West Africa. These write-ups provide experts, researchers and practitioners a space to reflect, analyse and posit views and recommendations on emerging issues and debates.

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Regional Research Publication on Civil Society Development in West Africa (Bilingual)

In West Africa, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have evolved and gained important recognition in public policy debates and contribution to democratic development.

Civil Society and Development In West Africa Research Report Published

Civil society organisations (CSOs) have contributed significantly to the development of the West African region in the areas of good governance, socio-economic development, elections, conflict prevention and management, humanitarian crisis, health and sanitation among others.

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Stories of Change- CSLI

This publication showcases leadership stories from various communities within West Africa. The stories highlight the growth and influence of young West Africans leaders who continue to shape the development of their various organisations and communities. The publication reveals their abilities to lead themselves, lead others, transform organisations and influence society. The publication is a product of CSLI organised by the West Africa Civil Society Institute with support from Ford Foundation West Africa.

'SHOWING IMPACT! WACSI Shares Significant Change Stories'

In 2012, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with the support of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) initiated a capacity development programme to respond to the critical governance and leadership challenges that continue to undermine the operational effectiveness of Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs) in the region, especially in francophone West Africa.

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Training Narrative Report: Results Based Communication Training 2015

The training course on “Results-Based Communication for Non-profits” was aimed at balancing both theoretical and practical skills required for effective communication for participating CSOs. It is designed to equip participants to confidently design and implement communication activities including working with the media, fundraising communication, developing press kits, influencing public policy and formulating strategic communication plans to enable their organisation to reach out to a wider audience and also enhance their visibility.

The overall objective of the Results-Based Communication for Non-profits training is to equip participants with the needed tools to design, implement and boost the communication strategies, plans and activities of their respective organisations.

Training Narrative Report: Financial Management and Grants Reporting 2015

The Financial Management and Grants Reporting was held from 18th to 21st May 2015 at WACSI training center, Accra-Ghana. There were 15 CSO members from Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia who applied for and participated in this training.

The main objective of this course was to enhance participant’s capacities and skills on financial management and grants reporting in order to equip them with tools to mobilise resources and strategies to effectively manage their organisation’s finances.

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West Africa Drug Policy Network Building Meeting

A coalition of CSOs came together as a network called West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) to support drug policy reform in West Africa by building the capacity of local CSOs to address the impact of drug markets on democracy, governance, human security, human right and public health.

1st Annual West Africa Civil Society Conference

West African Civil Society constituency represented by WACSOF and WACSI collaborated to bring together civil society organisations, institutions in governance, development partners and other relevant stakeholders to strategise and design a Post-2015 regional development agenda framework that would take into serious consideration the ECOWAS regional development agenda.

This meeting was convened under the theme “Strategizing for the Post-2015 and ECOWAS Vision 2020 Development Agenda for West Africa”.

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INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

After completing my first degree in Philosophy, I have incessantly questioned and reflected on the tangible role of philosophy in the new corporate world order. At the time of my undergraduate studies, it was easy to jump onto the ‘bandwagon’ of philosophy students who have always prided themselves in the notion that they represented the greatest “think tanks”for designing creative policies, identifying lapses in judgment and probing codes of behavior.Yet, I felt empty after my university education. The road map that led me onto this academic journey appeared to be a dead end. My accounting, marketing and medical student colleagues could pin-point their relevance in concrete terms, such as balance sheets, advertising and surgery in any organization.

Improving Capacity Building for Civil Society Organisations in West Africa

That civil society is a strategic partner in state building and development is a fact which is increasingly being acknowledged by many. Civil society organisations (CSOs) in many parts of West Africa have been at the forefront of calls for effective policies, good governance, sustainable development, peace and transparency in state affairs.CSOs in West Africa are increasingly getting involved in developmental processes. Thisis demonstrated by the continuous increase in the number of civil society actors in theregion. This increase notwithstanding, its impact is still to be felt in many part of the subregion because most of these organisations are faced with the challenge of limited institutional and technical capacities.

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West Africa Drug Policy Network Building Meeting

A coalition of CSOs came together as a network called West Africa Drug Policy Network (WADPN) to support drug policy reform in West Africa by building the capacity of local CSOs to address the impact of drug markets on democracy, governance, human security, human right and public health.

Consultative Meeting of Experts on Civil Society Capacity Development in West Africa

Civil society continues to face human, administrative, funding capacity challenges which stifle their efforts to complement development initiatives of governments within the West African region. The failure of the sector to perform optimally is partly attributed to lack of robust knowledge management systems, communities of practice and poor documentation of experiences.

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