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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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WACSI Hosts 3rd Annual iCon Meeting

25 October, 2018

From the 17th- 18th October, 2018, WACSI hosted 13 members of the International Consortium on Closing Civic Space (iCon) at its secretariat.

During her opening remarks, the Executive Director of WACSI, Nana Asantewa Afadzinu congratulated iCon for their efforts in pushing back on closing civic space. She added that their work was timely and needed for the sustainability of civil society.

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Functioning Beyond Donor Dependency

23 October, 2018

“We’ve improved our ways of generating funds locally towards projects instead of depending solely on foreign aid and internally generated funds. This awareness only came about through our participation in the training on Local Resource Mobilisation for Civil Society in Ghana”, confessed Charles Mensah, Deputy Director of the Hope for Children and Aged Rehabilitation Center, a community-based organisation (CBO) located in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana.

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Next Generation Internship Programme 2019 Call for Self-Sponsored Internship

17 October, 2018

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is a regional non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing the capacities of civil society organisations in West Africa toward greater sustainability and operational and development effectiveness. 

Civil Society Situation Report September 2018

15 October, 2018

Over the past one month, the level and engagements of civil society activities in West Africa have been observed to be on the rise as they are confronted with a number of actions and setbacks with the government as well as citizens. 

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Tapping into the Local Resource Mobilisation Pool

15 October, 2018

Since its creation in 2000, Urban Poor Child Organisation (UPCO) has experienced some resource mobilisation challenges.

This impeded their ability to locally mobilise resources to sustain their mission and ensure that needy children of school going age are provided with quality education and training through the effective and efficient management of resources and to make education delivery relevant to the manpower needs of the community.

Participants of the Eastern, Volta and Greater Accra Regions for the Convening on the Civil Society Sustainability in Ghana (photo: WACSI)

Civil Society in Ghana Strategise towards a Sustainable Future

08 October, 2018

The state of civil society’s sustainability in Ghana remains challenging. This was realised from a research on the State of Civil Society’s Sustainability in Ghana published by the West Africa Civil Society Institute in collaboration with STAR-Ghana.

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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