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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society


Octave (left), Elodie (middle), Joel (right) (photo: WACSI)

Octave (left), Elodie (middle), Joel (right)

Developing the Capacity of Civil Society Leaders

Since 2008, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has worked significantly towards grooming young professionals from across West Africa.

The Institute’s Next Generation Leadership Programme has been designed to empower young West Africans to be better equipped to take over the next generation leadership mantle of civil society.

This year, WACSI created more opportunities for next generation leaders by taking on six interns for the programme as opposed to the previous intake of two people.

Currently, three interns in the persons of Joel Loua from Guinea, Elodie Appia from Cote d’Ivoire and Octave Bayili from Burkina Faso are participating in the second phase of the programme for the year 2016.

These interns are of the firm belief that the internship will be a career changing opportunity for them as reflected in their statements below;

“I believe that this internship will help empower my capacity to be more efficient and effective in the civil society sector.” Octave Bayili

“This will provide me with practical experiences in the professional field and help me in my career development.” Joel Loua

“As a young civil society professional I am most certain that this will be an opportunity to better understand the needs of civil society and work towards finding sustainable solutions.” Elodie Appia

Since 2008 till date, WACSI has graduated 26 interns who are making substantial contributions within civil society and have become change agents to the development of civil society in their respective capacities.

Interns who have participated in the Next Generation Leadership Programme have come from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Togo and Zimbabwe.

For more information on the internship programme, contact


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  • Moussa Junior Keita

    Congratulations to you brothers. I hope this opportunity will help not only you but all your people. Good luck!

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