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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


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.

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Media Reporting on Substance Use: Magnifying or Reducing the Harm?

14 September, 2018

Over the past four months, phrases such as “sweet, sweet codeine” and “end tramadol abuse now” have become very popular in Ghana and Nigeria. These terms emanated from a title of a documentary on codeine abuse in Nigeria produced by BBC - Africa’s Eye, and a campaign launched by the GHOne after a series of documentaries on tramadol abuse in the country. These documentaries have played a significant role in shaping public discourse on substance abuse.

Justice Kodzo Yaotse (left), Nana Nyama Danso (middle), Rachad Bani Samari (right) (photo: WACSI)

Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders

13 September, 2018

Over decades, youths on the African continent have argued that the biggest leadership deficit is caused by the failure of young qualified professionals to be given the opportunity to occupy leadership positions at all levels. This can be attributed to the lack of commitment from governments to provide an enabling environment and policies for youths to meaningfully participate in leadership.

Civil Society Situation Report August 2018

12 September, 2018

From politicians violating human rights to repressive laws and downright violence, the civic space in many West African countries is shrinking even amidst rising advocacy. The August edition of the Situation Report captures some of the activities and key actions of civil society organisations (CSOs) in West Africa as well as strategies they are using to engage with key stakeholders and citizens.

Mareme Nduor, 2017 CSLI Fellow (photo: WACSI)

Reviving Corps Senegal

03 September, 2018

Mareme Ndour believes in duty; her duty to manage and lead her colleagues and organisation more effectively as Deputy Director of Corps Africa-Senegal. In 2017 she discovered a means to fulfilling her duty. She identified WACSI’s Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI) programme as the ideal platform to make this happen. “WACSI’s CSLI was a must for me. I realised that it will take a while for them to reach my rhythm so I need to be empathetic in order to support them to be more productive,” she lamented. “Reflecting deeply on the situation, I realised I needed to better myself as a leader to make greater impact. I knew for sure that the CSLI platform could empower me to do just that.”

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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