2022 WACSI Online training Courses for CSOs and Development Practitioners in West Africa

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2022 WACSI Online training Courses for CSOs and Development Practitioners in West Africa

June 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am - June 30, 2022 @ 1:00 pm


The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) invites you to apply for its 2022 WACSI Online training Course on Digital Literacy and Resilience for Civil Society Organisations.


Training Module Content  

Traditionally, literacy is defined as the ability to read and write. In more generic terms, it could be defined as the ability to generate information in ways that are relatable, transferable, memorable and replicable. Digital literacy implies the application of this concept using digital tools or within a digital environment. The fundamental difference between analogue and digital literacy is the channel or means of expression. Digital literacy involves interacting with digital tools or environment, which affords both benefits and constraints. Indeed, the adoption and use of technology comes with associated risks to civil society organisations, actors and social activists.


Since the outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic, businesses and civil society organisations have transferred significant parts of their operations to the online world or at least developed the consciousness of the reliance on digital technologies as part of response mechanism to the demand for remote working or engagements. While digital technologies present significant opportunities for the continuity of operations and growth, they also present some challenges that must not be overlooked. These challenges include the perceived complexity of digital tools, the time to adoption, inequalities in terms of access, but also digital security threats. In the mundane use of tools such as office equipment, mobile devices, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, browsing the Internet, etc., social actors build a digital profile and leave some footprints about their work and identity, which could be exploited to target them or their c0ntacts.


In this course, we will discuss digital security and resilience for civil society organisations and actors. The goal of the course is to enable civil society organisations and actors to develop confidence and deepen their knowledge, skills and capacity in using modern day tools and applications to support their work and achieve their social impact, in a safe and secure manner. It will help organisations assess digital risks, evaluate their level of vulnerability to internal and external threats and take actions to strengthen their systems and become more resilient.


Objectives of the course:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explore what makes up a digital workspace
  • Use appropriate tools and techniques to be more efficient in delivering their work
  • Search and retrieve information with confidence
  • Manage, store and keep data safely
  • Adopt secure practices to adequately protect their devices, networks and applications
  • Develop strategies to anticipate and take recovery measures against cyber threats to be digitally resilient.

Learning methods 

The following methods will be used during the course:

  • Mini lectures
  • Open discussions
  • Demo
  • Role Play
  • Case studies
  • Brainstorming


Evaluation Methods

Participants’ learning results will be assessed in the following:

OnlineKnowledgeObservation / Interaction / Exercises
SkillDemonstration /role play


Training dates: The training package will be delivered in June 2022 in two virtual sessions of 3 hours each over 2 days period.


Contribution Fee: Organisations can subscribe for full package at USD $ 100. 


How to apply and make payment?


PeriodDetailed TimetableApplication and Payment Deadline

From 29 to 30 June 2022

Session 1: Computer Literacy

Session 2: Information Literacy

Session3: Documents management and storage

Session 4: Data Literacy

Session 5: Network and Internet

Session 6: Data privacy and protection

Session 7: Digital security

Session 8: Incidence response planning

Friday 18 June 2022


About WACSI 

WACSI is the leading capacity development Institute in West Africa. The Institute designs and delivers customised training and technical assistance programmes that respond to performance gaps within civil society (NGO, CBO, FBO etc) sector at the local, national and regional level.  The Institute has conducted engagements in more than 12 countries in the region. Over the years, WACSI has provided training and consultancies to such reputable organisations as: IBIS Ghana, Care International, UTZ Cote d’Ivoire, UNESCO Ghana Office, Chemonics, OSIWA, IBIS West Africa, GACC, Bonne Fonden Burkina Faso, Germany Development Agency, French Embassy Ghana, International Finance Corporation, Africa Alliance of YMCA, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, OXFAM Ghana, Star – Ghana, Humanity United, Ford Foundation, USAID, IREX, Wilde Ganzen, Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Human Rights and Advocacy Centre (HRAC), Social Watch Benin, FONAC, Convention, RAIDH, YALI RLC GIMPA, Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR),  Global Network for Disaster Reduction (GNDR), Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), 11th Hour Project, etc.


June 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am
June 30, 2022 @ 1:00 pm


West Africa Civil Society Institute
No. 9 Bamboo Street, East Legon
Accra, Ghana
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Kwame Asante
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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 10 years progressive experience in development programming targeted at strengthening civil society in West Africa. She joined WACSI in November 2009 as an Advocacy Consultant. And later became the first Policy Advocacy Officer in 2010 and Head of Policy Influencing and Advocacy unit in 2015. As head, she offers strategic direction to the institutes’ ambitions to connect and convene groups of organized 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.

Previously, Omolara 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. She also served as a Programmes Associate with the Women in Peace and Security Network-Africa where she teamed up to design and implement two programmes on—multidimensional peace support operations and gender mainstreaming in security sector reform in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia.


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.