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Resolving Communal Conflicts in Ghana

Ghana has been hailed as a model example of peaceful democratic governance in sub-Saharan Africa. The country has indeed successfully avoided major violent conflicts affecting its surrounding neighbours; however, various instances attest that the potential of communal-level conflict does exist. The most prevailing example of a violent conflict on Ghanaian soil materialises in the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis. The tension has been on-going since the murder of Ya Na Yakubu Andani II, the ruler of Ghana's Dagbon Kingdom, along with over 29 high profile individuals in March 2002.

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The Institute commenced full operations in July 2007 with the following mandate:

- To strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of civil society organisations in West Africa to enhance their effciency, enable their effective engagement at the policy level, and promote their sustainability.

- To promote and facilitate strategic partnerships between CSOs, Governments and the Private Sector in pursuit of democracy, good governance and national development in the sub region


This Funding Agencies Resource was developed by the West Africa Civil SocietyInstitute (WACSI) and Contains Contact Details of Over (300) Three HundredInternational and Reputable Funding Agencies. These Agencies are listed in Alphabetical Order from A to Z.This Resource Was Created for Civil Society Usage in West Africa. This DirectoryProvides the Requisite Sources for Obatining Funds for the Effective Implementationof Civil Society Interventions.


Cette ressource des organismes de financement a été développée par l’institut Ouest Africain de la Société civile(WACSI) et contient plus de trois cent(300) contactsimportants organismes internationaux. Les organismes sont énumérés par ordre d’alphabétique de A à Z.C’est une ressource créée pour être utilisée par la société civile en Afrique de l’ouest. Le répertoire fournit les sources nécessaires pour l’obtention de fonds pour unemise en œuvre effective des projets de la société civile.

Civil Society Directory for West Africa

It has become widely accepted that civil society is essential to governance, peace and development in West Africa. The region has witnessed an exponential growth in diverse configurations of civil society groups working at different levels of society. While the activities and achievements of a significant number of these groups are visible and have gained recognition, in reality, most civil society contributions remain unknown and undocumented. Furthermore, the level of collaboration and networking within thecivil society sector is limited given the challenges of communication and transportation in West Africa.

Standards for Excellence for Non Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations in Ghana

The scope of work, the numbers and influence of NGOs/CSOs have expanded considerably in Ghana, leading to the recognition of this sector as an unavoidable partner in the socio-economic development of the country. As societies in Africa undergo social, economic and political transformation NGOs/CSOs are being challenged to remain relevant and responsive to the needs of the people they serve and to convincingly make their impact and contributions felt by the wider citizenry.

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