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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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The Future of Civil Society Series

05 August, 2018

The editorials are analytical write-ups on topical themes and emerging issues relevant to West Africa and the development sector. These editorials provide WACSI’s Board members a platform to reflect, analyse and share their views and recommendations on these identified emerging issues and debates.

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Unearthing the Potential of the Next Generation of Leaders

02 August, 2018

Since 2015, WACSI hosts two students from the Ghana Institute of Languages every month. During this period, these students work at the institute as part of their language immersion programme.

Their primary task is to translate pieces of information from English to and from French and Portuguese (when necessary). This is to enable WACSI to respond to the needs of its stakeholders who use any of these languages. The students are also encouraged to get involved in implementing WACSI’s programmes to nurture their professional skills.

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NIPSS Delegation Pays Working Visit to WACSI

30 July, 2018

In the early hours of Monday 30 July 2018, 16 participants from the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) paid a working visit to WACSI. The goal of their visit was to gain an understanding of the state of internal security and community policing in Ghana from a civil society perspective.

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Reshaping the Narrative- A 2017 CSLI Story

30 July, 2018

“I was prone to outbursts, lacking tact and an unapologetic disposition”. These were the words that came to mind about Moussa when his colleagues thought about him. Moussa Hassan Ousseini, a Programme Manager at Youth Volunteer of Environment Niger (YVE-Niger), realised the negative effect his attitude was having on his relationships with his colleagues and their work. It was time to make a change.

Civil Society Situation Report 01-31 June,2018

24 July, 2018

Civil society in West Africa, Cameroon and Chad continued to pursue divergent mandates and face unique challenges, as reflected in the diversity of the population, and the political, economic and social realities of the countries of the region. Nonetheless, general trends can be observed in the activities of civil society across West Africa, as citizens continue to demonstrate their awareness level through their increased demand for change in governance, socioeconomic benefits, free and fair elections, security and social justice.

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2017 Civil Society Leadership Institute - Stories of Change

19 July, 2018

This publication showcases leadership stories from various communities within West Africa. The stories highlight the growth and influence of young West African leaders who continue to shape the development of their various organisations and communities.

The publication reveals their abilities to lead themselves, lead others, transform organisations and influence society. The publication is a product of CSLI organised by the West Africa Civil Society Institute with support from Ford Foundation West Africa and the Rockdale Foundation.

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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