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WACSI Publications

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

eNewsletters

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September 2016 E-Newsletter

Read the online version of our September 2016 E-Newsletter here.
Download the pdf version here.

E-Newsletter June,2016

Read the online version of our June 2016 E-Newsletter here.
Download a pdf version here.

WACSeries

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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.

Research Reports

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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.

Learning Resources

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2015 Mid-Term Trainings: Assessment Report

The current midterm assessment exercise seeks to examine the application and benefits of the knowledge and skills learnt from WACSI’s programmes implemented in 2015. This includes incountry and regional training programmes implemented under the coordination of the Programmes Units. These involve in-house training programmes (fee-paying training) as well as demand-driven and funded programmes the Institute carried out during the period under review.

In 2015, twenty (20) capacity strengthening programmes were delivered.

West Africa drug policy training toolkit: Facilitation guide

The West Africa drug policy training toolkit has been developed by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) to build the capacity of civil society organisations in the region and to help them engage with, and influence, drug policy making processes.

Training and Assessment Reports

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Training Evaluation Report: Results Based Communication Training


WACSI organised a training on Results-Based Communication for Non-Profits from 28-31 July 2015 in Accra, Ghana. The training 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.

At the end of the training, participants were handed over questionnaires to provide their impression on both the delivery and the content of the training and also to make recommendations and share advice to trainers and for better organisation of subsequent trainings.

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.

Forum Reports

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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”.

Internship Reports

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End of Internship Report by Samassy Ansoumanne Souare (Guinea)

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) Next Generation Internship Programme focuses on building the skills of young West Africans to contribute to the development of the civil society sector in West Africa and beyond.

End of Internship Report by Leandre Yao Banon (Benin)

WACSI has instituted the “Next Generation Internship” programme which offers six (6) months internship for young Africans at the beginning of their professional careers seeking to gain experience in WACSI’s focus areas.

Other Reports

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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.

2015 Mid-Term Trainings: Assessment Report

The current midterm assessment exercise seeks to examine the application and benefits of the knowledge and skills learnt from WACSI’s programmes implemented in 2015. This includes incountry and regional training programmes implemented under the coordination of the Programmes Units. These involve in-house training programmes (fee-paying training) as well as demand-driven and funded programmes the Institute carried out during the period under review.

In 2015, twenty (20) capacity strengthening programmes were delivered.

Annual Reports

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