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Group picture of YALI Participants and their Facilitators (photo: WACSI)

Group picture of YALI Participants and their Facilitators

WACSI Facilitates Training on Civil Society Sustainability and Governance at the YALI Regional Leadership Centre

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) facilitated a two-day training for fifty-six Fellows of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) under the Civic Leadership track.
The Civil Society track comprises of two modules delivered by WACSI on ‘Civil Society Leadership, Governance’ and ‘Sustainability’, respectively.

The two-day training aimed to bring about change in understanding and practice of participants about civil society governance and sustainability in their various contexts.

The training sought to introduce them to the concept of civil society and some of the key challenges impeding the growth of the sector.

The methodology adopted includes group work, practical experience sharing, brain storming sessions, video play and case studies, among others.

The practical leadership experience sharing session was delivered by Aissatou Diajhate, the IREX West Africa Regional Manager. Based on her professional experiences, Aissatou shared inspiring stories and lessons, seeking to encourage and challenge the next generation of leaders in West Africa.
“With determination and perseverance, you can overcome all the challenges that come your way. Every time when I am faced with challenges, I would turn the challenges to my favour by seeking to find a solution instead of giving up. In your journey, always ask yourself how can I make the difference and how can I be the change”.
She ended with some final remarks, providing words of appreciation and encouragements. She was also joined by Victorine Sarr, a past Regional Advisory Board Chair of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, spearheaded by IREX.

The various practical examples helped to contextualise the knowledge and skills used during the two-day training. Participants expressed their satisfaction with the practical aspects of the training such as the stimulation exercise on “Building the Sustainability Tower.”

“This training has helped to influence my perspective on civil society leadership. After here, I am most certain that I will share what I have learnt with my colleagues. I am most grateful to WACSI for the practical sessions”. Toti Henri, a Fellow from Cote d’Ivoire stated.

The training took place from 22-23, August 2016, at the YALI Regional Leadership Centre at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in Accra.

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