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The Encounter: An Intern’s story

As she lay in bed that Sunday evening, preoccupied with thoughts on what the future held for her after graduation, she got distracted by the beeping sound of her phone. …

Choose To Challenge

I was born and raised in a country that discriminates against women in various aspects. I cannot claim to fully understand the struggles and challenges that women – especially African …

A silver lining:  COVID-19 is an opportunity for civil society to explore new and innovative funding forms  

When COVID-19 hit  NORSAAC, a NGO working in Ghana, lost over 185,000 Cedis ($32,173 USD) from ActionAid Ghana and Tools for Self Reliance. It’s a substantial amount of donor income, which …

Report Writing: A Must Do for CSOs

Gone are the days where people needed to rush from work to get home in time to listen to or watch the news bulletin at 6 pm. These days, with …

Reflections on Banditry, Kidnapping and Armed Violence in Nigeria

“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the law of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin” – Charles Darwin.   Security is vital to …

End SARS: Social Action and Epistemic Justice

“The President hears a hundred voices telling him that he is the greatest man in the world. He must listen carefully indeed to hear the one voice that tells him …

The Making of a Global Climate Action and Development Champion

I grew up in a village setting like millions across Africa do. Our village called Jinkfuin was and still is a typical African setting where you have a chief, you …

Implementing the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA): The Role of Civil Society

It would not be an understatement to confidently state that there is enormous potential in Africa’s regional economic integration and intra-African trade. Sadly, the continent is still heavily reliant on …

Unemployment in Ghana: The Crossroad for the Ghanaian Youth

The issue of unemployment continues to be the most challenging development issue that most African leaders: if not all, do grapple with. In Ghana, where the population is largely considered …

A Worthwhile Internship Experience at WACSI – Marilyne Agueh

While at the university, I constantly pondered over what the next move would be. I was not sure, yet I craved to get an opportunity that will help me to …

An Outstanding Career Grooming Platform for West African Youth – Lisa Sengretsi

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” ― Nelson Mandela. These profound words of Nelson Mandela hold true for many young …

Quick Tips: Digital Security Best Practices for CSOs in Africa

What is digital security and should civil society organisations be concerned? Technology and its use have over the years evolved into an almost inevitable tool in the work we do. …

Collaboration Can Help Expand Civic Space in West Africa

A new research report from the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the Fund for Global Human Rights offers a comprehensive look at the concerning lack of collaboration between …

8 Tips for Writing Winning Proposals for CSOs

“People don’t read. They misinterpret expectations of calls for proposals. They develop their own calls and respond to it”, said the Civil Society Support Unit Manager STAR Ghana, Noshie Idissah. …

Empowered to Perform Better at Work

Popoola Adejoke Glory has gained new communication techniques that have helped her to win the satisfaction of her clients and colleagues. She has greatly improved her approach of communicating with …

Ghana’S COVID-19 Response: Good Policies but Weak Implementation!

As expected, several Side Events and Fringe Meetings at this year’s United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF), were focused on the Implications of Covid-19 and Government responses! These were …

Covid-19 in Cameroon: Low level of CSOs response in the face of government slip-ups

Africa falls next in line after Asia, Europe and America to experience the scourge of the Covid-19 pandemic. In Cameroon, the first case was recorded on March 6, 2020 and …

Refugee Rights Must be at the Centre of COVID 19 Response

Exactly a month ago, the Kenyan government announced the first case of COVID-19 at the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex located in northeastern Kenya, sparking panic among Non-Governmental Organisations offering humanitarian …

COVID-19 puts the Spotlight on the Relevance and Effectiveness of Civil Society

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the world has witnessed a tumultuous couple of months. This pandemic has changed in diverse ways relations and interactions among community …

COVID-19: WACSI Offers A Platform to Exchange Experiences and Recommendations on Civic Space for CSOs

Most West African states recognise civil liberties in their legislation as an essential component of a strong and resilient democracy. However, in practice, West African states have been increasingly restricting …

Stopping The Spread: A Citizen’s Engagement

Africa is no stranger to recent outbreaks and therefore has a foundation to combat the coronavirus, but more must be done to ensure the informal economy is included in a …

Covid-19: Africa CDC’s Moment

As Covid-19 begins to spread on the African continent, it is the moment for the Africa Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to lead. The Africa CDC was …

Africans Can Fight Covid-19 With Stakeholder Capitalism

With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to overwhelm much of Africa, companies on the continent must broaden their perspective. Instead of focusing on short-term returns for owners and investors, they must …

Mosquito’s Physical Proximity

Since December 2019, the infectious disease COVID-19 has spread across the world. Africa has not been spared, but the delayed arrival of the virus on the continent has provided us …

Will Global Governance Prove Itself?

Although institutions of international and regional integration have chalked up major successes in recent decades, they are hardly immune from internal and external challenges. In fact, both the health emergency …

Musings on COVID-19 II : Give, Your Widow’s Mite Can Give A Glimmer of Hope to Someone

Amongst ourselves as United World Ambassadors, we asked; ‘what is it that can be done practically during these moments of the COVID-19 crisis that the whole world is facing?’ In an …

What Roles Should The Youth Play to Achieve The SDGs By 2030

These are a set of universal goals which seek to address social, environmental, economic and political challenges facing the world by 2030. By adopting the SDGs, countries have responded to …

COVID-19 Reveals Local Fundraising Capacity as Civil Society’s Weakest Link In West Africa

Local Fundraising is a recurrent challenge for civil society actors in West Africa. Currently, traditional donors are seeing their funding mechanisms being disrupted due to the ongoing crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic …

Adapting to COVID-19 For CSOs’ Long Term Impact and Viability

The past decade has seen considerable changes in civil society dynamics in Africa, with reductions in traditional forms of funding. In the middle-income countries shrinking space for civil society has …

Musings on COVID-19 I : Show A Little Kindness

My names are Nji Mabih of Cameroonian nationality.  I was asked by a group of young people to write up a personal thought on the COVID -19 situation and this is what …

Leveraging on Forgiveness and Empathy to Foster Peaceful Social Coexistence and Civic Engagement In Liberia

This article[i] is based on the findings of the social cohesion and reconciliation Index (the SCORE Index), a contextual and in-depth study conducted in 2016 and 2018 in Liberia by the Center …

Re-Engineering the Conversations Around Gender Equality

“You’re joking, aren’t you, Tawakalit? I mean, why not contest for the position of Vice President, it’s better suited for a female.” I was standing to be elected the 28th …

My Journey as a WACSI Intern: a Dream Come True

Like many students in Burkina Faso, getting to the end of Carmelle Sergine Kabore school year, she was looking for an internship opportunity to gain practical experience. One day, she …

Going beyond Western models of value to shift the power

In the development sector, supported by the international aid architecture, the power scale is tipped in favour of organisations that have the right connections with aid bilaterals and multilaterals, and …

African CSOS’ AFCFTA Moment

There is no better moment than now for civil society organisations (CSOs) to support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). AfCFTA is about creating a unified …

Rethinking CSOS’ Sustainability

Sustainability is probably the biggest threat facing civil society organisations (CSOs) today. In a recent report on CSO Sustainability Index for Sub-Saharan Africa, the United States Agency for International Development …

Preparation is Everything! How to Write Winning Proposals?

A proposal is a request in the form of a written document that describes a programme or project for which an individual or organisation is seeking funding to support. The …

Techsoup Admin Fees to Increase for Selected Discount and Donation Programs

Starting in November, you will notice that we have increased administrative fees for selected donation products on the Techsoup platform. We periodically review and adjust administrative fees to reflect the …

A Strategy Statement and its Relevance for Civil Society Organisations

Today, I had my first class at the Utrecht Summer School, Utrecht, the Netherlands, where I am taking a course titled: A Real-World Perspective- Manage Your Business Abroad. I learnt …

Worrisome Right Violations of Journalists in Ghana as Press Freedom Endures Critical Times

In 1991, African journalists launched a call for media pluralism and independence by producing the landmark Windhoek Declaration. This led to the recommendation adopted under section 4.3 at the twenty-sixth session of …

Could French Language Teachers be the Cause of Low French Literacy in Ghana?

 As stated on the Spain Exchange County Guide, about only 13% of the Ghanaian population speaks French. In other words, the level of literacy in French is very low. Although …

Youth Volunteerism: An Indispensable Force for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ghana

Ghana made great strides in achieving a significant number of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For instance, according to UN-Ghana, the country performed creditably well in poverty reduction, access to safe …

Staff Meetings: An Organisational Practice For an Effective Non-Profit Organisation

Meetings are an essential part of the life of every organisation and your ability to run effective meetings with your management skills is a critical part of your success in …

“Same Skin, We are Brothers”: What it Takes to End a Civil War

This article is an opinion edition related to the Liberian society written by the operation team of the Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development, the organisation implementing the Social …

Ex-Child Soldiers Surviving in Post-Conflict Monrovia

This article is an opinion edition related to the Liberian society written by the operation team of the Center for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development, the organisation implementing the Social …

Strengthening the Technological Capacity of RAIDH

In the fast-paced world, we live in now, it is imperative for civil society organisations to not only be abreast with the latest technological applications and tools, but also master …

Promoting Human Rights Through Technology

In today’s world where technology makes it easier to reach out to a wider audience thereby growing existing networks and amplifying the visibility of any organisation, the Human Rights Advocacy …

Enhancing CHRI’S Capacity Through Technology

In this technologically advanced era, every organisation needs effective information technology (IT) tools to efficiently accelerate its operations. Organisations that work to collect and document information have a dire need …

Enhancing CSCI’S Communication Through Technology

Technology has become an essential tool for development in recent times. For the development sector, it has helped to amplify various organisational impact, causes and connected like-minded organisations to work …

Raising Funds to Re-Integrate and Reduce School Drop-Outs

Special Attention Project (SAP) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Ghana created in 2007 and has been operating since 2008. The organisation works to improve the lives of children with …

Local Fundraising is Possible in Ghana

Street Children Project (SCP) Kumasi has been overwhelmed by the creditable increase in their organisations’ operational funds and support from the community it operates in, after applying the techniques and …

Ghana, A Model in Promoting Civic Space Freedoms in West Africa

A democratic nation in which good governance, justice, fairness, and transparency thrive can only be built by the collective efforts of every member of the nation duly performing their role …

CSOs and the Fight to End Child Marriage in West Africa

Child marriages are intense in low and middle-income countries. Some of the highest rates are found in Sub-Saharan Africa. West Africa has one of the highest rates of early and …

CSOs Beyond Foreign Aid: Local Fundraising for Financial Sustainability

For decades, civil society organisations (CSOs) in Ghana have relied mainly on international donor funding for their financial sustainability. According to the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), financial sustainability …

Civil Society’s Sustainability – Not all About Financial Resources

The question of civil society’s sustainability cannot be explored without analysing the implications of financial resource factors for civil society organisations (CSOs). Acquiring the appropriate and adequate financial resources is …

Domestic Resource Mobilisation: Pathway to Civil Society Sustainability in Ghana

On 1 November 2018, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA) convened a consultative forum on Domestic Resource Mobilisation for Civil Society. …

Bridging the Inter-Generational Gap Between Women’s Activists in West Africa

In early 2018, a video went viral where a young boy in a relay race took over a baton and ran in the opposite direction. He ran so fast even the …

Practical Strategies to Effectively Engage Nonprofit Board Members

Having board members that are actively engaged in the mission and performance of the organisation is highly critical. However, keeping a board engaged requires work. For instance, a study of 200 …

Moving Forward for Our Girls: Ending Child Marriage in West Africa

Child marriage is the practice of parents marrying off their children under the age of 18, sometimes as young as 7 years old, because of tradition, culture, or financial issues …

2019 Elections: Are Nigerian Women Really Ready for the Task of Being President?

Nigeria embraced democratic rule since 1999, but not until 2003 did she record her first female presidential candidates in Dr Sarah Jibril and Late Major Moji Obasanjo. Jibril, however, remains …

The Devil is in The Details: 5 Tips to Write Excellent Reports

Six of us recently joined WACSI as interns. We are all excited about this opportunity because we are aware of the outstanding professional exposure we would be getting. We are …

Technology and Civil Society in West Africa: the Advent of a New Era

We currently live in a dynamic world where people are constantly creating new innovations to find better ways of doing things. Thanks to these innovations, our world is witnessing a …

Redefining Feminism and Feminist Activism in West Africa

For decades, feminism has been a keyword that has influenced national and international agendas across the globe. The scope and specificities of its practice arouse prolonged arguments as to what …

How Can CSOs in West Africa Make Use of Open Data?

There used to be a time when data was something only academics and statisticians had to worry about.  But in recent times, there has been an increased prioritisation of data …

The Life Cycle of a Functional CSO Board

A key driver of operational resilience and sustainability is the capability of civil society organisations (CSOs) to establish and cultivate effective boards. Board governance is an important ingredient to securing …

Setting Up An Administrative System for a CSO: 5 Things to Consider

Having worked in the non-governmental and civil society sector for more than twenty years, one observation I can confidently state is that good administration system is a key part of …