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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society


WACSI is positioning itself to become a civil society knowledge sharing hub and a credible centre of learning with international recognition and accreditation. We envision a veritable civil society resource centre that caters for the capacity development needs of civil society organisations in West Africa.

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Change the Game Academy Newsletter

16 November, 2018

In today’s world, there are many organisations seeking to address various needs in society. This has led to the competition for grants, especially in the developing countries. There has been a culture of looking for aid far away from the borders of the communities that need them. Yet often times, solutions may lie on their door fronts and all that is needed is training to look within, change...

Functioning Beyond Donor Dependency

23 October, 2018

Solar Lab (photo: )

“We’ve improved our ways of generating funds locally towards projects instead of depending solely on foreign aid and internally generated funds. This awareness only came about through our participation in the training on Local Resource Mobilisation for Civil Society in Ghana”, confessed Charles Mensah, Deputy Director of the Hope for Children and Aged Rehabilitation Center, a community-based...

Civil Society Situation Report September 2018

15 October, 2018

Over the past one month, the level and engagements of civil society activities in West Africa have been observed to be on the rise as they are confronted with a number of actions and setbacks with the government as well as citizens. 

Tapping into the Local Resource Mobilisation Pool

15 October, 2018

UPCO Staff and the Elders of the Community (photo: )

Since its creation in 2000, Urban Poor Child Organisation (UPCO) has experienced some resource mobilisation challenges. This impeded their ability to locally mobilise resources to sustain their mission and ensure that needy children of school going age are provided with quality education and training through the effective and efficient management of resources and to make education...

Civil Society in Ghana Strategise towards a Sustainable Future

08 October, 2018

Participants of the Eastern, Volta and Greater Accra Regions for the Convening on the Civil Society Sustainability in Ghana (photo: WACSI)

The state of civil society’s sustainability in Ghana remains challenging. This was realised from a research on the State of Civil Society’s Sustainability in Ghana published by the West Africa Civil Society Institute in collaboration with STAR-Ghana.

Resource Centre

The Institute has a resource centre that is open to civil society actors in the region. It serves as a library of civil society documents, research reports and edited volumes that are accessible to both individuals and organisations. The Institute has partnered the Foundation Centre to provide online learning resources and a database of grant giving institutions in the United States of America.

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