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Running with Capacity Development-WACSI's Marathon Experience

WACSeries Op-Eds 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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Beyond Core Funding: Many Faces of Civil Society Sustainability

Ghana has a vibrant and diverse civil society sector which has been an active participant and contributor to development and good governance in the country since the 1980s. 

Civil Society Regulation in West Africa: Self-Regulation, State Control or Regional Norms and Standards?

Voluntary organisations, which will be referred, to in this study as Civil  Society Organisations (CSOs) currently carry out their activities subject to the  domestic laws where they operate. The laws include those that ordinarily regulate the registration and operation of CSOs and other laws and policies that affect the ways they operate within the society. Notable amongst these laws and policies include national constitutions, anti-terrorism laws and legislations that generally regulate freedom of information, association and expression. There is no single international statute regulating the activities of CSOs. 

New Imperatives for Sustainability in a Developing Economy’s Civil Society Sector: A Case Study of Nigeria

This is our second WACSeries published in 2014.

Civil Society and Knowledge Management in West Africa

This is a background paper prepared for the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) workshop on “Managing Knowledge for Policy Influence in West Africa”, 8 April 2013, Accra, Ghana.

Partnering for Development? Analyzing Possibilities and Challenges for Civil Society Organisations and the Private Sector in West Africa

Since the middle of the 1990s, partnership as a strategy for development in the „emerging economies‟ has emerged as an ideological mantra. Drawing its power from the exhaustion of earlier development models and the apparent failure of state intervention in the „developing‟ world, the discourse nudged development actors away from reliance on international aid towards the apparent multiple benefits of partnerships. Almost two decades on, the discourse shows no signs of flagging.

In this paper, I have examined the idea of partnerships, specifically civil society-private sector partnerships- against the template of social, economic and political developments in the West African sub-region. Pointing out that partnerships are products of time and place, thus liable to succeed or fail depending on a whole range of variables, I analyzed the particular challenges faced by both civil society and the private sector in West Africa.

Read more in this WACSERIES Vol. 3 Num 1.

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