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Training and Assessment Reports

NGO Management Training for Middle Level Managers of CSOs in West Africa - Training Narrative Report (July 2008)

NGOs are part of social movements within civil society in the sub region and have been a major component in influencing governments, mobilising people at community levels by strengthening their institutions and creating the awareness of various developmental issues and formulating policies which will affect the sub region. Thus, NGO requires both inter and intra- organisational skills and technical competencies to operate effectively and efficiently. However, most NGOs in the sub region remain institutionally weak; lack adequate internal governance structures; and management skills to implement their mandates. In response to this challenges, the institute organised a four day NGO Management Training from July 22 - 25, 2008 with the overall goal to enhance the management and leadership skills of participants.

Conflict Prevention Training of Trainers (ToT) for Civilian Actors in West Africa - Post ToT Evaluation Report (June 2008)

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) supported by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) organised a “Conflict Prevention” Training of Trainers’ workshop for 30 civilian actors from across West Africa from 2 - 4 June, 2008. The overall objective of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of civilian actors to apply preventive strategies by instituting policies, programmes and initiatives which will prevent the outbreak of conflicts in their communities.

Experts Review Meeting on Existing Training Initiatives & Methodologies on Conflict Prevention in W/A - Meeting Report (June 2008)

The West Africa Civil Society Institute, WACSI, organised a 2-day regional workshop with key actors and stakeholders from across West Africa to review existing training initiatives and methodologies on conflict prevention in West Africa. This workshop aligns with phase II of the WACSI, KAIPTC and GTZ Project (Conflict prevention in West Africa, Designing conflict prevention modules for civilian actors in West  Africa), a collaborative effort by these organisations geared at responding to the lack of a systematic and comprehensive framework, tools, and harnessed skills to enhance effective conflict prevention in the region.

The 12 month project (January to December 2008) brings together peacebuilding practitioners and academia, practitioner in security sector reform (SSR), alternative dispute resolution (ADR), human rights, elections monitoring, youth and development, early warning and response, gender, and a handful of other experts to critically examine inputs for the designing of the resource pack.

Pilot Research Methodology Training for Civil Society Actors in West Africa - Narrative Report (May 2008)

WACSI organised a two day training workshop on research methodology with the aid of three facilitators from the University of Ghana Business School (U.G.B.S) at the WACSI Secretariat, Accra from 23 - 24 of May 2008. This was the first research methodology training workshop the Institute had organised for civil society actors in Ghana. The overall goal of the workshop was to enhance the research and documentation skills of the next generation civil society actors.

NGO Management Training for West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) Partners - Training Narrative Report (December, 2007)

The thrust of a capacity building program is to strengthen NGO competencies in different aspects of development work through training and institutional development. WACSI organised a training on NGO management for WACSOF from 4 - 6 December, 2007. The training was in response to a request made by WACSOF to help in its restructuring and repositioning process, particularly on its institutional capacity challenges.

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