E-Directory for Civil Society Organisations in Ghana Launched, 20 September, 2011
WACSI has launched the first e-directory of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Ghana through a collaborative effort with the French Embassy, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare.
The Civil Society e-directory is designed to facilitate timely access to a comprehensive range of information on organizations and institutions relevant to the Ghanaian Civil Society community. The expectation is that this innovation would engender greater collaboration and enhance partnership among Civil Society Organizations in Ghana.
The web portal based e-directory maps out CSOs working at different levels in the country and provides information on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) based on regional location and areas of specialization. Sharing the reasons for this successful introduction, the Executive Director of WACSI Nana Asantewa Afadzinu said ‘it took the support and cooperation of Civil Society groups, institutions, associations and platforms across the entire span of the country to make this take off possible ‘. Indeed this is a shared resource and property ‘She continued. ‘Every Civil Society Organisation has ownership interest and a stake in this project and that is a plus because it would ensure the sustainability of this initiative.
The beneficiaries of the project are Civil Society Organizations, Development Partners, Government, the media and the general public, said the WACSI Executive Director. Beyond ensuring that CSOs in Ghana get greater visibility in Ghana and globally for their endeavors and for their social action initiatives, this novelty would encourage and enhance communication and collaboration amongst CSOs on the one hand and between CSOs and other partners on the other hand.Nana Asantewa Afadzinu reiterated the commitment of WACSI and its partners on this project to ensure the e-directory remains relevant and true to its objectives.
She also revealed that WACSI has already received and is considering requests to replicate this web portal in other West African countries. WACSI remains committed to facilitating this process, she concluded.
The other partners on this project expressed the conviction that the e-directory would remain a primary source of information to Civil Society Organizations and their constituents, and that the e-directory would be regularly updated and would utilize its accessibility and versatility to galvanise and strengthen Civil Society in Ghana.
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