INTERNSHIP REPORT BY EKUE MENSAH KOMLAN EDEM
During my six months internship in WACSI, I worked with the Capacity Building and Research and Documentation Units. I also assisted in organising and coordinating activities for the Institute, (Personal Productivity Skills, Resource Mobilisation and Proposal Writing, Introduction to Policy Advocacy & Engagement and Policy Research Methodology & Analysis, Development Partners Meeting, Civil Society Forum on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism ct in Ghana, Planning Meeting of Civil Society Actors in West Africa + Cameroon towards an annual West Africa Civil Society Conference).
END OF INTERNSHIP REPORT by Kouakou Bela Emile
From Politicians to Journalists not to mention Scholars, the concept “Civil Society” has been defined each according to his understanding of what it implies or should imply. No matter controversies carried by the concept, basically related to its implications and its cover fields, Civil Society has become an important part of development actors involved in the process of making and implementing development policies. Don Eberly4 will consider it as “the ultimate Third Way”.In Africa and specifically in West Africa, the role of Civil Society in development processes is convincing. Vis-à-vis overwhelming armed conflicts, increasing poverty rate, food crisis, and other social scourges, Civil Society Organisations have proved effective contributions in improving populations’ leaving conditions and bringing about peaceful and sustainable development.
Yet, outstanding challenges are considerable and require well trained CSOs which will be able to shape public life and effectively and efficiently influence policies.
It is in this respect that was created the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in 2005 by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). The core mandate of the Institute is to strengthen both Institutional and operational capacities of CSOs in the sub-region. WACSI, as a growing Institute, has gone through its way and after five years of effective operations the Institute seems to bear its name as a dedicated center for empowering West African CSOs.