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


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.”

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.

Octave (left), Elodie (middle), Joel (right) (photo: WACSI)

Developing the Capacity of Civil Society Leaders

30 August, 2016

Since 2008, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has worked significantly towards grooming young professionals from across West Africa.

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SDGs Financing: West African CSOs decry Governments' Reliance on Foreign Aid

29 August, 2016

Globally, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to better the lives of people everywhere, without ‘leaving anybody behind’. Although the SDGs are a noble agenda, the United Nations estimates it will cost $1.5 trillion more than the preceding Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in order to meet the set targets. Yet, resource mobilisation remains an evident challenge for those seeking to move the agenda from rhetoric to reality. Recognizing the unclear role for civil society in tackling this challenge, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) convened the second of its 2016 West Africa Civil Society Policy Dialogue Series (WAC-PODiS) under the theme: Financing Our Development: Strategies for Domestic Resource Mobilisation for Agenda 2030 in West Africa and the role of civil society. 

Benetta, second from right, with colleagues at NAYMOTE (photo: NAYMOTE)

EXCLUSIVE: Acquiring the Attributes of an Effective Leader: Benetta Davies Tells her Story

29 January, 2016

Lessons learnt from the Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI) are bearing fruits in NAYMOTE.

Nana Afadzinu, Executive Director of WACSI (middle), speaking  (photo: WACSI)

Communiqué: West African Common Position towards UNGASS 2016

22 January, 2016

20 January, 2016 in Accra, Ghana: We, representatives of government ministries, law enforcement agencies, drug policy experts and civil society who participated in the Regional Consultation on Drug Policy Reform on “The Road to UNGASS” which was held in Ghana from 19-20 January 2016, which attracted 11 West African countries namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone hereby make the following declaration with respect to drug policy reform in West Africa;

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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