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The State of Civil Society Organisations’ Sustainability in Ghana

This study was commissioned by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with support from STAR-Ghana, to explore the status of civil society (CS) sustainability in the context of the changing aid and development landscape in Ghana. 

Working Paper Series on Civil Society and Development in West Africa

West Africa’s multiple civil societies are as diverse in form, size, motive, constitution and approach as the distinct contexts in which they operate. Though much is attributed to them, there has hitherto been no thorough/detailed authoritative/wilful exploration of their involvement, influence or impact in and on development discourses in the region and beyond.

Training Toolkit on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP)

To be considered development-relevant, a policy intervention such as the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP or R2P) doctrine must be able to answer the following questions:
- What is the policy all about?
- When is the intervention necessary?
- Why does it merit any attention?
- What changes are expected from the intervention?
- Who benefits from such changes at the end of it all?

Governance and Security in Ghana. The Dagbon Chieftancy title

The Dagbon Chieftaincy crisis predates modern Ghana and its current political institutions. The crisis revolves around the two family lines, or ‘gates’, to the kingship, the Abudu and Andani families, which have pitted children from the same royal ancestry against each other in an internecine conflict for the past 200 years. A significant episode in this struggle was the 27 March 2002 murder of Ya Na Yakubu Adani II, the ruler of Ghana’s the Dagbon Kingdom (Dagomba), along with more than 40 other high-profile individuals who served and advised in the palace.

Civil Society and Elections Observation in West Africa: The WACSOF Experience

Documentation of experiences constitutes an invaluable source of information for future research on CSOs’ interventions. It helps actors within the sector learn about the factors that inform CSOs’ interventions and the strategies to be adopted, modified and avoided to enhance impact in society. An enhanced culture of documentation in the long-term reduces unnecessary duplication of initiatives, provide information on the appropriateness of particular techniques and maximise results.

Documentation of CSO’s experiences gives credible evidence of the relevance of civil society. It provides governments, donors and partners of CSOs with tangible information on the contributions CSOs make to governance and development processes.


La documentation des expériences constitue une source très utile d’information pour les recherches futures sur les interventions des OSC. Elle permet aux acteurs du secteur d’être au courant des facteurs qui sous- tendent les interventions des OSC et les stratégies à adopter, à modifier et à éviter en vue d’améliorer leur impact sur la société. Une culture améliorée de documentation réduit à la longue la duplication inutile des initiatives, fournit de l’information sur la pertinence des techniques spécifiques et permet d’optimiser les résultats.

La documentation des expériences des OSC fournit des preuves crédibles de la pertinence de la société civile. Elle met à la disposition des gouvernements, des bailleurs de fonds et des partenaires de la société civile des informations concrètes sur les contributions des OSC aux processus de gouvernance et de développement.

En Afrique de l’Ouest, la société civile a joué un rôle central dans l’amélioration des processus démocratiques. En fait, plusieurs OSC ont contribué à la professionnalisation de l’observation des élections dans la région. Cependant, il existe peu d’information sur l’impact de leur participation à ces processus. Il incombe donc à WACSI compte tenu de son mandat en tant que centre de ressource des OSC de documenter ces expériences.





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