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


Participants and Facilitators of the Evidence Based Advocacy Training (photo: WACSI)

WACSI Trains Civil Society Actors on Evidence Based Advocacy

15 August, 2018

In line with our mandate to capacitate civil society actors in the sub-region, WACSI organised a 5-day training on Evidence Based Advocacy from 23-27 July 2018 in Accra, Ghana. The training which was held at WACSI’s training centre attracted the participation of 12 civil society practitioners from countries including Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Ghana, Zimbabwe and the Gambia.

Dr Annick Sidibe (photo: )

Mandela Washington Fellow Joins WACSI as Immunisation Advocacy Initiative Project Officer

08 August, 2018

Dr. Annick Sidibe, a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow (MWF) from Burkina Faso has joined WACSI as the Immunisation Advocacy Initiative (IAI) Project Officer. As a MWF, Dr. Sidibe took the civic leadership track at the University of Delaware, United States of America.

Participants of the West African Women's Dialogue  (photo: WACSI)

Advancing Women’s Agenda in West Africa

08 August, 2018

Decades after the Beijing Women’s Conference in China, gender equality continues to face stiff resistance across sectors of the African society.  Notwithstanding, the inclusion of gender equality as a key policy agenda in many international instruments including the Sustainable Development Goals (specifically Goal 5), Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA), Maputo Protocol among others, African governments have been reluctant to move these global agreements into actions for lack of lack of political will.  

Civil Society Situation Report 01-31 July, 2018

08 August, 2018

Over the month of July, the West African civic space has been very dynamic. Many of its actors undertook key actions to improve the lives of citizens. Civil society organisations (CSOs) in The Gambia were particularly active by championing the fight against fraud and corruption. Across the region, several CSOs were engaged in different advocacy actions. In Guinea Bissau for example, they advocated for a better usage of public funds while in Mauritania, public authorities are being called upon by CSOs to fight against the obstruction of free movement of people.

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Transformational Leadership for Change – A CSLI Story

06 August, 2018

“I used to focus on just myself, completing my daily tasks without considering a holistic approach to enhance my organisation’s work,” Chinenye Etoniru, a 2017 Fellow of WACSI’s Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI), shared as she reflected on the impact of the programme on her personal and organisational development.

Cesaltina Tavares Sa,past intern under the Knowledge Management Unit (photo: )

Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

06 August, 2018

“It was an honour to be a Next Generation Intern with WACSI”, said Cesaltina Travares Sa, after completing a six-month internship at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in June 2018.

In January 2018, Sa was among three young West Africans admitted into WACSI’s Next Generation Internship (NGI) programme. She is the first female from Guinea Bissau to participate in the programme.

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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