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Sandra Ndangha from Cameroon(left) Mouctar Diallo from Guinea(Middle),Cesaltina Tavares Sa from Guinea Bissau(right) (photo: WACSI)

Transforming African Leadership through the Next Generation

02 February, 2018

Africa has long suffered from a major deficit in leadership, threatening the future of the continent. To break the cycle of inadequate leadership it has become imperative to rethink how we groom leaders. It is crucial to develop leaders for the next generation today. Simon Sinek posits, “leadership is not about elections, but the next generation.”

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2018 Next Generation Internship Programme Call for Self-Sponsored Internship

26 October, 2017

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.

In response to an identified need for structured practical capacity enhancement for young West Africans, WACSI introduced a Next Generation Internship Programme (NGIP) in January 2008 aimed at developing the next generation of African scholars and practitioners. The programme primarily targets young West Africans, either fresh graduates or early career professionals, seeking work experience in WACSI’s core areas of work. Interns are expected to commit to WACSI for six months during which time they will be fully involved in all WACSI activities and enhance their knowledge and capacities for leadership, knowledge and programme management, and critical development issues for West Africa, among other areas.

WACSI is therefore seeking interns interested in enhancing their civic consciousness and developing their professional capacity. They will be embedded in WACSI’s core areas of work i.e. Capacity Development, Policy Influencing and Advocacy and Knowledge Management.

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Drug Law Reforms: a Necessity in West Africa

04 October, 2017

West Africa has become a hub in the global drug trade and a transit point for narcotics from Latin America to the rest of the world. Drug trafficking has hence become a new threat to the development of West Africa.

Situation Report: Civil Society in West Africa, 15 – 30 April 2017

04 May, 2017

Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report. In Guinea, PROJED and French civil society actors discuss the issue of promoting renewal and alteration for youth and women in civil society organisation.

The situation report also covers Ghana, where the West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is organising the second edition of its leadership programme, the Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI) to strengthen leadership, thinking and practice in West Africa. The programme was designed to strengthen the capacity of mid-level managers within civil society in the region, to effect social change.

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Become a Better Professional, Apply for WACSI’s Courses!

16 January, 2017

Civil Society contributes immensely to the continuous growth of West Africa.

At WACSI, we firmly believe that capacity development is essential to the successful growth of organisations.

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

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

09 September, 2016

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.

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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