The staff and Board members of WACSI engaged in a board meeting and strategy session from 8 – 9 and 10 - 11, October 2012 respectively. These meetings which to place at the Institute’s Secretariat in Accra, enabled the Board and Staff of the Institute to reflect and discuss on the possibilities of initiating robust and sustainable programmes to strengthen civil society organisations (CSOs) in West Africa. This formed the debut of the strategic planning process which will culminate with the 2013 – 2017 strategic plan of the Institute.
These sessions created a platform for the Institute’s new board members Ms. Taaka Awori, a development consultant, Professor John Igue, Director of the West African Institute (WAI), Justice Emile Short, former judge of the International Criminal Tribunal and Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim, Chair of the board of the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF).
They also created a platform for the Institute to bid farewell to some of its pioneer board members whose term had come to an end; Ms. Fatimata Mbaye, Dr. Said Adejumobi and Professor Esi Sutherland.
The Board Chair, Professor Adebayo Olukoshi extended appreciation to the outgoing members whom he described as West Africans committed to promote the course of civil society in West Africa. He used this opportunity to applaud the staff of WACSI for their relentless effort and commitment to enable the Institute achieve its mandate and encouraged them to remain committed to their role as the drivers of WACSI.
Ms. Mbaye expressed her satisfaction with the milestone of success realized by WACSI since it began operations in 2007. She called on development partners and other development stakeholders to support the work of the Institute and collaborate with WACSI based on the robust nature of the Institute and the credibility it has built over the years.
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.