Academic researcher commends WACSI’s efforts to strengthen civil society across West Africa
Mr. Popoola Michael, a Nigerian researcher is currently on a field visit to collect and compile information on the contribution civil society in Ghana has made to the democratic process in the country.
His research visit to Ghana is timely as the country demonstrated political maturity, in installing the former Vice President of the country Mr. John Dramani Mahama as the fourth president of the fourth republic of Ghana, a few hours after the death of President John Evans Atta-Mills in the afternoon of July 24, 2012.
Mr. Michael is a Ph. D researcher from Babcock University in Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State Nigeria. His thesis – The Role of Civil Society in Democratic Consolidation: A Comparative Analysis of Ghana and Nigeria – seeks to explore the commonalities and differences between civil society’s participation in democratic processes in both countries. He hopes to use his research findings as a solid foundation to propound feasible recommendations that would enhance civil society’s increased inclusion in democratic processes in Ghana, Nigeria and beyond.
The Ph. D researcher is currently conducting a field visit to civil society organisations (CSOs) in Ghana, to have first-hand knowledge of their contribution to democratic processes in the country. This process will enable him to acquire substantial information to provide factual comparisons between the contribution of CSOs to democratic processes in Ghana and Nigeria.
Talking to the Communications Assistant of WACSI, he expressed utmost satisfaction with the strides WACSI is making in the sub-region. He learned about WACSI through the Institute’s website while he was in Nigeria, and was amazed by the information he gathered from the site. His visit to the Institute blew up his satisfaction towards WACSI’s efforts to strengthen civil society in the sub-region. Given his interest in political stability of West African countries, he was keen to point out that WACSI’s location, that is, Ghana, can be attributed to the democratic maturity demonstrated by the country over the years.
The researcher from one of Nigeria’s best private Universities is currently using the conducive study environment of WACSI’s Resource Centre to put together information relevant to his thesis. He is exploring the publications and text books in the Resource Centre, which he has not been able to find in Nigeria.
WACSI’s Resource Centre is highly used by researchers from academic institutions, research organisations and think tanks as well as independent researchers in West Africa. It hosts a wide range of publications, policy briefs, text books, research reports, among other academic and professional resources that can aid research and socio-political practice in West Africa. It is open to the general public for use during the Institute’s working hours.
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