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Updates on current activities and developments within the Institute and across the sub-region


Strategic Human Rights Litigation Course 2019

09 December, 2018

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) invites applicants for the 2019 Africa Human Rights Litigation Course, to be held in Accra, Ghana from April 10 to 12, 2019.

The course provides a unique opportunity for human rights professionals to build on their experience and to develop their skills to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change. The curriculum will combine presentations, case studies, exercises, and discussion groups with preparatory work and further reading to ensure full maximum benefit for those attending the course. Participants will be invited to provide information on their work and those concrete examples will help shape the discussion.

Participants at the convening (photo: WACSI)

Ghana Hosts CSO Conference on Alternative Funding Models

03 December, 2018

The existence and viability of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are being threatened by the reduction in donor funding, Mr Charles Vandyck, Head, Capacity Development Unit, West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), has observed.

Participants at the convening (photo: WACSI)

WACSI, Innovation For Change Hold Conference On Alternative Funding Models For CSOs

30 November, 2018

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), in partnership with Innovation for Change, has put together a three-day conference in which participants are expected to share ideas on alternative funding models for civil society organizations (CSOs).

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 the game and find success.

Resource mobilsation (photo: Agede)

Domestic Resource Mobilisation: Pathway to Civil Society Sustainability in Ghana

16 November, 2018

On 1 November 2018, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) convened a consultative forum on Domestic Resource Mobilisation for Civil Society. In the meeting, over 25 civil society actors explored how social enterprise (SE) can serve as an avenue for domestic resource mobilisation in Ghana.

Participants of the Liberian Parliamentary engagement (photo: )

It Is Time for a Public Health Approach to the Illicit Drug Problem in Liberia

12 November, 2018

The Senate Committee Chairman on Youth and Sports has called for the decriminalisation of drug use and to consider it from a public health perspective. Senator Commany Wesseh explained that the drug law should be reformed in order for the traffickers to be heavily dealt with rather than enforce punitive measure on the problematic drug users.

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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