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Effective Board Governance for CSOs

A key driver of operational resilience and sustainability is the capability of civil society organisations (CSOs) to establish and cultivate effective boards. Board governance is an important ingredient to securing the evolution, scale and impact of a CSO. A colleague and I recently had an engaging conversation about the various stages of board development and the potential pathways to diagnose the health of a CSO board. This conversation centred on the patterns of evolution of CSO boards and whether there was a sequential transition from one phase to another. This led to the development of this article, which focuses on the life cycle of CSO boards within the African context based on our engagement and thought leadership in the sector.

Four Critical Ways to Support the Women's Movement in West Africa

Forty women from diverse walks of life have stressed the need for stakeholders, especially decision makers in Africa to take necessary actions that will create equal opportunities for women on the continent. At a women’s dialogue in Accra, they called on African leaders to domesticate international protocols and show the appropriate political will to put women at the core of decision making and implementation in African countries. This would afford women the needed opportunities to make invaluable contributions in high-level decision-making processes.

According to a report from the forum, the West African Women’s Dialogue that took place in Accra, Ghana, from 10 – 12 July 2018, “women remain disproportionately represented in leadership and decision-making positions despite years of demand for affirmative action and 30% representation in parliament.

Media Reporting on Substance Use: Magnifying or Reducing the Harm?

About WACSERIES

WACSeries are analytical periodic write-ups on topical themes and issues relevant to West Africa. These write-ups provide experts, researchers and practitioners a space to reflect, analyse and posit views and recommendations on emerging issues and debates. The WACSeries Opeds are more thought-provoking and intellectual engaging write-ups that provide critical reflections and analysis of issues relevant to civil society development effectiveness. 

Decriminalising Drug Use, Why is it important?

WACSeries are analytical periodic write-ups on topical themes and issues relevant to West Africa. These write-ups provide experts, researchers and practitioners a space to reflect, analyse and posit views and recommendations on emerging issues and debates

Civil Society Sustainability and Local Capacity Development-A Case Study in Cameroun

WACSeries are analytical periodic write-ups on topical themes and issues relevant to West Africa. These write-ups provide experts, researchers and practitioners a space to reflect, analyse and posit views and recommendations on emerging issues and debates.

Running with Capacity Development-WACSI's Marathon Experience

WACSeries Op-Eds are analytical periodic write-ups on topical themes and issues relevant to West Africa. These write-ups provide experts, researchers and practitioners a space to reflect, analyse and posit views and recommendations on emerging issues and debates.

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