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Training and Assessment Reports

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.

Policy Advocacy and Engagement Training for CSOs in Togo - Training Narrative Report (September 2011)

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) organized a four (4) day training course in Policy Advocacy and Engagement Strategies from September 20 - 23, 2011. The workshop was specifically designed to respond to the policy influencing and advocacy gaps identified amidst Civil Society Organisations in Togo.

The overall goal of the workshop was to provide civil society actors in Togo with insight and reinforce their ability to strategically advocate and engage policy makers using effective communication tools. The training aimed at improving participants skills to design relevant and efficient advocacy campaigns that will have impact on policy making processes. The training provided necessary assets for advocacy planning, conducting and for influencing decision making processes.

Policy Advocacy and Engagement Training for CSOs in Togo - Post-Training Evaluation Report (September, 2011)

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) organized a Specialized Training in Policy Advocacy and Engagement Strategies for Civil Society Actors in Togo from 20 - 23 September, 2011. The main goal of the training was to build the advocacy capacity of Civil Society Actors in Togo, and deepen their knowledge and skills in planning and conducting effective policy engagement strategies, influencing and advocacy. The workshop was structured around three thematic areas: understanding the context of policy advocacy and writing; structuring and developing a coherent public policy paper; and developing a targeted Advocacy Planning Framework.

WACSI/GIZ/KAIPTC Development and Diplomacy Programme for Middle Level Govt. Official in Africa - Narrative Report (Sept. 2011)

The Development Diplomacy Programme for Peace and Security (DDPS) emerged from the Development Diplomacy Programme (DDP). The programme has engaged and trained over 2,500 participants from more than 125 developing and transition countries. The objective of the DDPS is to enhance the capacity of developing and transition countries in sub-Saharan Africa to engage successfully in international cooperation and dialogue. As part of the training requirements, a study tour is undertaken to a civil society organization hence the participants’ visited WACSI on September 23, 2011. WACSI welcomed them to their office premises and treated them with information on the status of civil society in Africa. There were 20 participants’ in all from selected governmental organizations across Africa. The study tour was to enable the participants’ acquire substantive information on civil society activities across Africa.

Policy Advocacy and Engagement Training For OSIWA Grantees in Senegal - Training Narrative Report (August 2011)

WACSI in partnership with Open Society Institute in West Africa (OSIWA) organised a 4-day Policy Advocacy and Engagement training for OSIWA grantees in Senegal from August 23-26, 2011.

The main goal of the workshop was to build the advocacy capacity of OSIWA Grantees, and deepen their knowledge and skills in planning and conducting effective policy engagement, influencing and advocacy. The workshop was structured around three thematic areas: understanding the context of policy advocacy and writing; structuring and developing a coherent public policy paper; and developing a targeted Advocacy Planning Framework.

Policy Advocacy and Engagement Training for OSIWA Grantees in Senegal - Training Evaluation Report (August, 2011)

A Specialized Training Workshop on Policy Advocacy and Engagement for Civil Society Actors held in Dakar - Senegal, OSIWA Conference Room from 23 - 26 August, 2011. This Training was organized by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). The main goal of the workshop was to build the advocacy capacity of Civil Society Actors in Senegal, and deepen their knowledge and skills in planning and conducting effective policy engagement, influencing and advocacy. The workshop was structured around three thematic areas: understanding the context of policy advocacy and writing; structuring and developing a coherent public policy paper; and developing a targeted Advocacy Planning Framework (APF).

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