9 Ghanaian CBOs Set to Benefit from Local Fundraising and Advocacy Support

9 Ghanaian CBOs Set to Benefit from Local Fundraising and Advocacy Support

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[Accra – 7 October 2022] – It is a new dawn for some nine civil society organisations in Ghana. The organisations will benefit from a three-year long capacity strengthening programme designed to harness their local fundraising and advocacy skills.   

The programme is dubbed Strengthening the Roots and its interventions would involve capacity development, funding opportunities, organisational development, coaching, networking and credibility building. 

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has presented a strategic roadmap for implementing the initiative to empower community-based organisations (CBOs) living in and around threatened areas in Ghana to effectively respond to the development needs of their communities.   

Presenting the framework at an induction meeting for leaders of the CBOs and the programme partners in Accra, Charles Kojo Vandyck, Head of Capacity Development at WACSI underscored the Institute’s capacity strengthening approach in the areas of local fundraising and advocacy.  

He explained that WACSI, which had over 15 years of experience in capacity strenthening in the civic space, would focus on enhancing the skills of  CBOs to mobilise resources locally and influence policies at the national and sub-regional levels through the programme. 

This, the capacity development expert said will be administered through the Change the Game Academy (CtGA) courses which is being supported by Wilde Ganzen Foundation. 

Vandyck explained that the courses “are practical in approach and use hands-on methodologies to make it easy to learn and practise.”  

He emphasised the impact the training had made on beneficiaries since it commenced in 2018. He noted many organisations who had participated in the courses had significantly improved their local fundraising efforts and were better positioned to drive development in their communities through local resource mobilisation.  

It may be recalled that, recently, the Institute published a video on its Youtube channel where one of the beneficiaries, Mandela Adadjasah, a programmes coordinator for Women Integrated Development Organisation (WIDO) in the Upper West Region of Ghana, reported that through the course he had been able to help the organisation develop a local fundraising plan.  

Adadjasah who particpated in the local fundraising training last year, said the plan would help raise GHC 12,000 for the acquisition of two processing plants to support the work of women groups involved in shea butter business in the region.   

“ The training was practical and it helped us to develop local funding strategy which has been very benficial to our work,” he added. 

The WACSI Head of Capacity Development said the Institute which is one of the lead implementing partners in Ghana along side A Rocha Ghana, is poised to drive the objectives of the programme.  

On their part, Daryl Bosu, Deputy Director of Operations at A Rocha Ghana, said the organisation would primarily focus on enhancing the skills of CBOs in the areas of project management, media and video advocacy as well as  monitoring, evaluation and learning.   

He also noted that the programme would ceate an opportunity for civil society organisations to collaborate and tackle climate issues in the country adding that “climate issues require a collective action.”   

“ The role of civil society in climate issues is  such an important one. And that is why we deem it a great opportunity to lead this project with our strong counterpart, WACSI.   

“Through this programme, we will be able to connect our skills and champion a grassroot movement that will help tackle climate issues,” Bosu added. 

Nine  leaders from CBOs drawn from the Northern, Eastern and Central regions of Ghana who live around the country’s forest reserves including the Atewa and Mole Landscapes attended the meeting which was held on Thursday 29 September 2022.       

Some of the participants expressed excitement about the learning opportunities the programme would offer them.  

Gloria Agyare, Programmes Officer for the Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM),  noted that the three-year programme will create a learning opportunity for young people to improve their advocay skills and to better tackle climate issues.  

 She believes that, GYEM, being a youth-led environmental group in Ghana with focus on addressing climate issues through advocacy would benefit from this support and apply the learning in their work. 

“This programme will be very helpful to us as young people who have interest in climate issues. We will be able to enhance our advocacy skills and also build our capacity in local fundraising through the trainings we will be receiving from WACSI and A Rocha Ghana,” she added. 

The Strenghthening the Roots programme is supported by Wilde Ganzen Foundation, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Indonesian Conservation Community Warsi (KKI Warsi) and Fundacion Natura Bolivia. 

For more information about this programme, contact info@wacsi.org 





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Fiifi is a Ghanaian and currently serves as Communications and Information Officer at the West Africa Civil Society Institute. He joined the Institute in December 2020.


Nancy is a Ghanaian and currently serves as Programme Officer in the Knowledge Management unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute. She joined the Institute in January 2021.


Agnes is a Ghanaian and currently serves as Head of the Administration unit in the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in October 2021.


Doris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social sciences (Economics and Sociology) from the University of Cape Coast. She is passionate about impacting young lives hence co-founded Impart Foundation. A non-profit organization which seeks to empower young lives through education, technology and entrepreneurship.


Prince Akowuah is a Ghanaian and currently the Programme Assistant in the Translation Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in 2020.


Maxwell Apenteng is a Ghanaian and joined WACSI in September 2010. He provides gardening and janitorial services at the Institute.


George Adu-Mintah is a Ghanaian and currently the Protocol Assistant/Driver at the West Africa Civil Society (WACSI). He joined the Institute in October 2006.


Ibrahim Kwaku Gbadago is a Ghanaian. He joined the Institute in 2008 and provides janitorial services and assisting the institute's errands. Before joining the Institute, he worked at the Palestinian embassy in Accra, Ghana.


Ruth Yakana is from Cameroon and currently the Receptionist at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in 2020.


Bethel is a Ghanaian. He provides technical and IT related support to the Institute. He joined the Institute in October 2006.


Whitnay Segnonna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Management from the University of Benin. With 2 years of experience, she has a strong knowledge of organizational and project management. Combined with her bilingualism, she is very passionate about her work. She joined WACSI as Project Assistant on Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) for the Capacity Development Unit.


Stella Yawa Wowoui holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Translation Studies. She has a perfect grasp of both French and English, as well as an intermediate level in Spanish. She is currently working as a Project Assistant on the Techsoup Project.


Kwame is an experienced IT Consultant/Software Developer. He is skilled in Web Applications Development, Digital Security, Database Management, Digital Marketing and Brand Management. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology and is a Microsoft Programme Alumni. He is currently serving as a Marketing and IT Officer on the Techsoup Project.


Grace Akpene Ziggah is a Togolese and currently the Logistics Officer and also assists in administration duties at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in June 2009.


Lilian Dafeamekpor is a Ghanaian and currently the Assistant to the Executive Director at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in 2020.


John P. Frinjuah has expertise and interests in civil society, international development, democracy and governance, conflict, crisis, and security. He has extensive experience working with civil society and international development organizations where he supported and managed research, programmes, and provided technical assistance on a variety of themes around public policy, governance, and development. He is an alumnus of the University of Ghana and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - Tufts University in the United States, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from two institutions respectively. John speaks English, French and several Ghanaian and regional West Africa languages.


Gervin has extensive international development experience, including 5 years of policy advocacy and capacity building of grass root organisations. He has implemented over the years a combination of agriculture value chain, livelihood, food security and governance and rights programmes.
Prior to joining WACSI, Gervin worked on two USAID projects focusing on agriculture value chain development and governance in northern Ghana
Gervin holds a master’s degree in development & Governance from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany as well as a Masters in Global Studies from the Universities of Vienna (Austria), Leipzig (Germany) and California (Santa Barbara), USA. He is passionate social justice and inclusion.


Leandre Banon, Beninese, joined WACSI in September 2014 as Capacity Development Programme Assistant. Since then, he has worked in various units within the Institute to support operational and institutional capacity strengthening programmes for civil society in the region. Currently serving as Capacity Development Programme Officer at WACSI, his main responsibilities involve designing, planning, implementing and monitoring capacity development programmes for civil society constituents and grouping across the West Africa. Leandre is a certified Change the Game Academy Programme Trainer. His background lies in the areas of economics and development planning.


Samuel Appiah is a Ghanaian and currently the Programme Officer in the Finance and Administrative Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). He joined the Institute in May, 2016.


Jimm Chick Fomunjong, Cameroonian, joined WACSI in May 2018 as the Head of the Knowledge Management and Communication Units of the Institute. He has over ten years’ experience as a journalist and a development communications expert. He has a vast experience in supporting African organisations to strengthen their internal and external communications, building and sustaining relationships with the media and, leveraging on the power of social media to promote their mission. He is also excellent at supporting organisations to set up and operationalise functional communications and knowledge management systems. He has a deep passion and expertise in supporting Africans and African civil society organisations to document their praxis, share and learn from experiences documented from the African civil society sector.


Franck Sombo is a development practitioner with the drive to lead self and others to influence productivity and efficiency. His work involves supporting organisations to develop strategic plans, design monitoring and evaluation systems, develop and use relevant performance measurement tools to track progress, assess organizational growth and institutionalise learning. Franck has eight years of experience working with WACSI where he currently serves as the Head, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. His academic qualifications include Masters in Organisations’ and Projects’ Management, and in Business Sciences and a High National Diploma in Finance and Accounting.

Franck is a Fellow of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) and a graduate of the Graduate Training Institute (GTI) - Ghana with specialization in Strategic Management and Corporate Leadership. He has a rich experience in Project Management, Capacity Development, Strategic planning, Data Analytics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Training and Facilitation, Mentoring and Coaching among others.


Omolara is a development practitioner and advocacy strategist with over 15 years of progressive experience in development programming targeted at strengthening civil society in West Africa.

She joined WACSI in November 2009 as a Regional Advocacy Consultant and later became the first Policy Advocacy Officer of the Institute in 2010.

She was promoted to Head of the Policy Influencing and Advocacy (PIA) Unit in 2015. As the Head of the PIA unit, Omolara offers strategic direction to the Institutes’ ambitions to connect and convene groups of organised and organic civil society actors; and influence regional and global discourses on crosscutting policy issues including—civil society regulations, sustainable development goals, civic space and enabling environment, aid effectiveness, gender equality, and civil society accountability.

Previously, Omolara served as a Programmes Associate with the Women in Peace and Security Network-Africa (WIPSEN-Africa), where she worked with her team to design and implement pan-African programmes on—multidimensional peace support operations and gender mainstreaming in security sector reform in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

She also served as a Service Development Marshal at TVQ Consulting Group, a customer service firm focused on designing strategic customer relationship and business growth plans for private and public financial institutions in Nigeria.

Omolara is a social justice advocate, a network weaver, and a convener. She has a postgraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies; a degree in International Relations and History, from the University of Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria respectively.

She also holds executive certificates in Behavioral Science in Public Policy from Harvard University Executive Education in Cambridge and in Citizen Advocacy from the Coady International Institute, St Francis Xavier University in Canada.


Kwabena Kroduah is a Ghanaian and currently heads the Finance Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). He joined the Institute in January 2008.


Charles currently serves as the Head of the Capacity Development Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). Charles has over 10 years of experience working in international development and social justice issues in Africa. Charles has expertise in strengthening civil society and public agencies including the design and implementation of governance and leadership programmes, development of knowledge pieces and policy advice. Charles was the founding Board Chair of Innovation for Change (i4C)-Hub Afrique, as well as the founding member of the International Consortium on Closing Civic Space (iCon), an initiative of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. Charles currently serves as the Member of the Governing Board (Coordination Collective) of Africans Rising. He is a Member of the Development Studies Association, United Kingdom. Charles is a 2017 Stanford University Fellow for Nonprofit Leaders and a certified Change the Game Resource Mobilisation Trainer.


Nana Afadzinu is a Ghanaian and currently serves as the Executive Director of the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). She joined the Institute in October 2010.