Policy Advocacy and Engagement Training for OSIWA Grantees in Sierra Leone - Training Narrative Report (December, 2011)
The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) organized a four (4) day Specialised Policy Advocacy Engagement training - for Civil Society actors in Sierra Leone from December 12 - 15, 2011. The workshop was specifically designed to respond to the policy influencing and advocacy gaps identified amidst Civil Society Organisations and to help them hold government accountable.
The objectives of the Training were to: enhance Civil Society Organisations knowledge of public policy networks and processes; enhance Civil Society Organisations ability to write and use evidence-based and targeted policy papers; build insight into the process of planning an effective policy advocacy campaign; increase Civil Society Organisations understanding of the policy environment in West Africa and potential entry points; and provide a platform for Civil Society Actors across the sub-region to form advocacy networks and build alliances.
Policy Advocacy and Engagement Training for OSIWA Grantees in Sierra Leone - Post Training Evaluation Report (December, 2011)
A Specialized Policy Engagement and Advocacy training was organized by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) for Civil Society Actors in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The training session lasted for four days from the 12 – 15 December, 2011. The objective of the Specialised training programme was designed to raise awareness of the various aspects of the challenge of effective policy advocacy. The training course objectives were to enhance civil society actor’s knowledge of public policy networks, process and strengthen ability to write and use evidence-based and targeted policy papers. It was also dedicated to providing a platform for civil society actors across the sub-region to form advocacy networks and build alliances.
Composite Report On The 2011 Liberia General Elections by the West Africa Women Elections Observation Team (WAWEO) - October, 2011
Women in Africa are increasingly making their presence felt in the political arena. Despite this progress, the number of women actively and visibly engaged in politics remains low in most African countries mainly due to prevailing societal belief that politics is a male domain. 2011 and 2012 present new opportunities for women in West Africa with eight countries scheduled to hold parliamentary and presidential elections.
In view of this, the delegates at the 2nd Annual West African Women Policy Forum convened by the West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and Women, Peace and Security Network (WIPSEN-Africa) under the theme: “Our Politics is NOW: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric of Women’s Political Participation” called for the formation of a West African Women Election Observation Team (WAWEO) consisting of two representatives from each of the fifteen ECOWAS member states. This initiative aims at promoting West African women’s active participation and representation in politics, enhancing women’s capacity to play active roles in electoral processes in West Africa by increasing the number of women observers and ensuring that electoral procedures including electoral laws and administration do not disadvantage women directly or indirectly.
ECOWAS Grant Management Training for Non State Actors in West Africa - Training Narrative Report (October, 2011)
ECOWAS in collaboration with the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) organised a training course for ECOWAS Non State Actor partner’s within the sub region in Accra, Ghana from the 18-20 October, 2011. The overall objective of the training course was to develop the grants management capacities, resource mobilization and proposal writing skills of selected Non-State Actors (NSAs).
In 2008, the European Union through the ECOWAS Commission launched a Call for Proposals with the global objective to strengthen the capacity of NSAs to enable them to play an effective and relevant role in the regional integration process.
NSAs within the ECOWAS region were given the opportunity to send their grant proposals to source funds from the European Development Fund (EDF) to support their developmental agendas in their respective countries. Following the evaluation of the proposals and validation of their eligibility in line with European Union guidelines, 12 applicants out of 67 NSAs representing West Africa were recommended for grants provided by the European Union Development Fund.
ECOWAS Grant Management Training for Non-State Actors in West Africa - Post Training Evaluation (October, 2011)
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in collaboration with the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) organised a Specialized Workshop on Grants Management for Non State Actors in Accra, Ghana from the 18 – 20 October, 2011. The objective of the training course was to enhance the Grants Management and Project Proposal writing capacities of Non-State Actors within the West African sub-region. The training course was anchored on an earlier launch for a Call for Proposals with the global objective to strengthen the capacity of NSAs to enable them to play an effective and relevant role in the regional integration process.
Elections Observation for West Africa Women's Elections Observation Team (WAWEO) - Training Narrative Report (October, 2011)
The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in partnership with the Women, Peace and Security Network (WIPSEN-Africa) and support from IBIS-Liberia organized a 2-day Elections Observation training from 8-9 October 2011, in Monrovia-Liberia for the newly constituted members of the West African Women Elections Observation Team (WAWEO). The training, which aimed at equipping the WAWEO team with requisite skills, techniques and procedures in observing electoral processes across the sub-region, indeed will offer women the unique platform to actively participate in the democratization process through effective elections observation.
The training also focused on strengthening the knowledge of WAWEO members’ in general electoral processes and strategies to advocate for more gender sensitive policies in election administrations in West Africa. It seeks to document and disseminate lessons from various observation missions to relevant policy makers and responsible institutions at both national and regional levels. Though scheduled for 30 members of WAWEO representing civil society and politicians from the 15 West African States, the training was eventually held for only 7 members due to resource constraints. Trained participants represented six (6) countries - Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.