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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society


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


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Next Generation Internship Programme 2019 Call for Self-Sponsored Internship

17 October, 2018

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is a regional non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing the capacities of civil society organisations in West Africa toward greater sustainability and operational and development effectiveness. 

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. 

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

Tapping into the Local Resource Mobilisation Pool

15 October, 2018

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 delivery relevant to the manpower needs of the community.

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

Civil Society in Ghana Strategise towards a Sustainable Future

08 October, 2018

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.

Dr. Mohammed Arhin, co-author of the State of Civil Society Sustainability publication (photo: WACSI)

“We all knew funding was becoming a challenge, but we didn’t know that the intensity was that dire” – Dr. Arhin

26 September, 2018

Dr. Mohammed Arhin urges non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to invest in building their own capacity. He also encourages NGOs to be smart in generating funds both internally and externally. Additionally, he appeals to NGOs to focus on enhancing their visibility.

Participants from the Civil Society Sustainability Convening in Kumasi (photo: WACSI)

CSOs in Ghana Commit to Work Towards their Sustainability

25 September, 2018

The state of civil society sustainability in Ghana remains challenging. This is a key outcome of the research on the State of Civil Society’s Sustainability in Ghana. “Sustainability is an issue that is at stake when it comes to civil society [organisations]. Some of the challenges are connected to the over-dependence on funding, especially foreign funding”, affirms Sister Olivia Omor, Director of Street Children Project of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi.

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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