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Call for STEM Education Consultant

DATE POSTED: September 9, 2021 DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 24, 2021 POSITION TITLE: STEM Education Consultant REPORTS TO: Senior Technical Advisor, Sarah Bever, IREX LOCATION: Ghana   ABOUT IREX IREX is …

#ShiftThePower conference titled Local Philanthropy, Localisation and Power: Communities driving their own development

Join the #ShiftThePower conference titled Local Philanthropy, Localisation and Power: Communities driving their own development to discuss how African civil society organisations, grantmakers, philanthropic foundations and other actors in the …

Job Vacancy: Programme Assistant, Policy Influencing and Advocacy

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was established to build the institutional and operational capacity of civil society in West Africa, through knowledge management, capacity development and policy influencing. …

CALL FOR CONSULTANT

WACSI in collaboration with TechSoup Europe seeks to engage a committed, Digital Safety and Security Expert to work on the translation and localisation project of the Digital Security and Safety …

Moderators

Terms of Reference for the Africa Innovation Festival Moderators Introduction to Innovation for Change (I4C) Innovation for Change (I4C) is a global network of people and organizations who work together …

Translation Services

Terms of Reference for the Africa Innovation Festival Translation Services Introduction to Innovation for Change (I4C) Innovation for Change (I4C) is a global network of people and organizations who work …

Keynote Speakers

Terms of Reference for the Africa Innovation Festival Keynote Speakers Introduction to Innovation for Change (I4C) Innovation for Change (I4C) is a global network of people and organizations who work …

Demo Jams

Terms of Reference for the Africa Innovation Festival Demo Jams Introduction to Innovation for Change (I4C) Innovation for Change (I4C) is a global network of people and organizations who work …

Content Writer & Graphic Designer

Terms of Reference for the Africa Innovation Festival Content Writer & Graphic Designer Introduction to Innovation for Change (I4C) Innovation for Change (I4C) is a global network of people and …

APN Catalytic Grants 2021

The Africa Philanthropy Network (APN) is the only continent-wide network of organizations and individuals in Africa and its diaspora that promotes the culture of philanthropic giving.  Since 2009 APN conceived …

CODAC Builds the Capacity of 15 Teenage girls from five Communities after taking part in Mobilising Support training

CODACS’s action plan involved organising a campaign to reduce teenage pregnancy in identified communities within the Talensi and Bongo District in the Upper East Region. This constituted in identifying teenage …

TEERE Learns Strategies to Foster Positive Transformation

TEERE means change, or more generally impact. The choice of this word is to show the compelling and burning need for the transformation of lives in Northern Ghana in particular …

It is Time for a Paradigm Shift from the Dependency Mentality in Ghana

Star Ghana Foundation and its strategic partner, the West Africa Civil Society Institute -WACSI, launched the Giving for Change Project in Ghana with a clarion call on citizens to maximise …

Conservation Organisations in Côte d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone at the Brink of Transformation

The year 2020 marked a turning point for many civil society organisations (CSOs) in West Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic affected the performance of these organisations in diverse ways, making it …

CALID helps Girls Access Education in Northern Ghana

Centre for Active Learning and Integrated Development (CALID) is a Non-Governmental, Non-profit and Non-Partisan organisation formed on April 04, 2001 in Tamale by a group of Community Development Workers formerly …

Call for Proposals: Short-Term Grants

Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, through its Rapid Response Window on women’s participation in peace processes and the implementation of peace agreements, Calls for Proposals. This Call for Proposals is …

Africa Climate Change Fund – Call for Proposal

The Third Call for Proposals (CFP3) of the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) focuses on Gender Equality and Climate Resilience (GECR). Thus, the Fund is seeking innovative and impactful gender-transformative proposals …

Virtual High-Level Policy Dialogue on Gender Equality in West Africa From Data to Policy Action:  Tackling Gender-Based Discrimination in Social Institutions

The OECD Development Centre, the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat, the African Development Bank Group, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in collaboration with the Austrian Development …

The Making of an Influential Women and Youth Advocate: An Intern’s Story

“Your voice is far reaching than your vision, so never let it be silent”. These are the words that were drumming in her ears in the middle of 2020. As …

AAP Transforming Institutions Strategic Funding Invitation for Proposals 2021

The Alliance for African Partnership is now accepting proposals for the Transforming Institutions Strategic Funding! The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) seeks proposals from AAP consortium members and their partners …

WACSI Supports 9 CSOs to Strengthen their MS and LFR Skills

Feedback is a very important aspect of the learning and growth strategy of the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). At WACSI, we have taken deliberate steps to elevate the …

WACSI Goes Green in Style

Warren Buffet once said: “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Friday 11 June 2021 marked another historic day in Ghana; Green …

Pan African Media Conference on Debt and Development

Africa Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), in collaboration with OXFAM and ActionAid, is organising a two-day Pan African Media Conference on Debt and Development. From 9th – …

Opportunities to Promote Engagement Between CSOs and ECOSSOC 

Migration and the movement of persons within Africa and outside the continent forms a large part of Africa’s history. Migration in Africa dates back to centuries. Cross-border migrations happen daily across the …

WACSI Hosts ARNOVA/AROCSA 2021 Leadership Fellows from Africa

WACSI continues to serve as fertile ground for the cross-fertilisation of knowledge among civil society leaders in West Africa and across the globe. On 4 May 2021, Leadership Fellows comprising …

Call for Data Migration Volunteers

Applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Data Migration volunteer are being accepted by WACSI. Please read the full description of key requirements, and how to apply for …

Vacancy Announcement: Backend Developer

Applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Backend Developer are being accepted by WACSI. Please read the full description of key requirements, and how to apply for this …

Call for Proposals: Enhancing Women Entrepreneurship Enablers for Stronger Women SMEs in Africa

The African Development Bank (The Bank) plays a catalytic role in accelerating efforts to address gender inequality and drive inclusive economic transformation for women across Africa through mainstreaming gender in …

 STAR-Ghana Foundation and WACSI host the Dutch Ambassador to Ghana

Ghana with seven other countries and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs have started a new partnership called strengthening the civil society framework. Under the framework, the Dutch government will support community …

Vacancy Announcement – Head, Administration and HR

WACSI is seeking the services of a committed, motivated, and dynamic person to join its team to contribute to enhancing civil society’s professionalism, efficiency, and effectiveness in West Africa. The …

Next Generation Internship Programme: Call for Applications (July – December 2021)

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is a regional non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing the capacities of civil society organisations in West Africa toward greater sustainability and operational and …

Basic Steps Towards Strengthening CIKOD

Have you ever wondered why some civil society organisations (CSOs) effortlessly produce excellent results with respect to impact creation, while others struggle in the quest?    Let us begin by picturing a young lady who just did her test …

CSOs in West Africa were Severely Hit by COVID-19 – Research Reveals

In March 2020, the world was plunged into a state of shock and dismay by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The pandemic affected every aspect of human life, ranging …

WACSI: The Home of Dynamism, the Springboard towards Efficiency

She prides herself in being the best While others struggle in the quest Excellence is her minimum standard She ensures she is always on guard Her vision is a peaceful …

The Fluid Journey of Organisational Growth

Imagine spending a whole year putting together resources needed to strengthen your organisation. Having sleepless nights and barely being able to maintain a proper diet for yourself just to ensure that you followed all legal and social requirements …

Grooming Young African Leaders amidst COVID-19: Challenges and Lessons Learned

Community development and leadership now rests in the hands of the youths.  According to a report on “The Burgeoning Africa Youth population” by Felix Kariba, 60% of Africa’s population is …

Ghana: 14 CSOs receive 42 Laptops from WACSI and Techsoup

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), since its establishment in 2007 has provided consistent support to civil society organisations (CSOs) in West Africa and beyond in the areas of …

ECOWAS Engages Youth And Women On Its Vision 2050

ECOWAS Commission has called for more youth and Women participation in its vision 2050, in a two-day workshop, held in Abuja, 25th – 26th March 2050. The workshop created a platform …

ECOWAS Commission Consults, Decentralized Stakeholders On The ECOWAS Vision 2050

The ECOWAS Commission has asked Community stakeholders to play an active role in the development and the implementation of the ECOWAS Vision 2050 document and its frameworks for the West …

Liberia: 7 CSOs Receive 12 Laptops from TechSoup and WACSI

Seven civil society organisations (CSOs) in Liberia received twelve brand new Lenovo laptops on Thursday March 25, 2021 from the Executive Director of NAYMOTE – Partners for Democratic Development, Eddie …

WACSI Recognised Among Top 50 NGOs in Africa

WACSI’s efforts to strengthen the civil society sector in West Africa has not gone unnoticed. With the Institute’s resilience in 2020, WACSI delivered activities that benefitted 1,158 participants from 761 …

Four New Interns Join WACSI from Cameroon, Ghana, and Benin

January 2021 set a new page in the careers of Shu Mabel Lum, Angela Akorfa Apedoh, Agossou Jacques Setondji and Ballo Ngomna as they joined the Capacity Development, Policy Influencing …

WACSI and TechSoup Donate 102 Laptops to 40CSOs from Seven Countries

Technology remains an indispensable tool that is required to boost the efficiency of civil society organisations (CSOs). With the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the role of technology in …

Call for Case Studies: Existing African Models on Philanthropy Practices

Submission Deadline: Monday 5 April 2021 The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is inviting individuals, organisations, associations and groups from across Africa to submit stories or cases of the …

Invitation to Participate in a Civil Society Knowledge Café.

The West Africa Civil Society Institute has initiated a process of promoting peer learning among like-minded civil society actors and other stakeholders in the development space. This initiative dubbed the …

Call for Applications: ISTR PhD Seminar June 2021, Virtual

ISTR is pleased to announce the 6th International ISTR PhD Seminar will be held virtually in late May or early June 2021. Specific dates will be forthcoming. The ISTR PhD …

The Professional Transformation Process begins for Shu Mabel from Cameroon

The curtains of 2021 opened with a new career adventure for Shu Mabel Lum, a young and ambitious Cameroonian who is passionate about grooming young girls to understand the key …

Sankofa small grant programme: Call for submission of proposal

The French Embassy in Ghana is seeking high-quality project proposals that seek to preserve, promote, advocate and educate on culture and heritage in the following three areas: ⮚ PROTECTING HERITAGE …

Call for Submission

Each year, national and international NGOs receive huge amounts of funding to implement humanitarian and development projects around the world. Part of these funds is used to develop multimedia products …

Call for Papers and Articles

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) was created by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to reinforce the institutional, operational and knowledge capacities of civil society in …

Celebrating an Illustrious African Hero – Carl Manlan

Many are called but few are chosen. This popular adage encapsulates the recognition bestowed upon Carl Manlan, Chief Operating Officer of the Ecobank Foundation, for his relentless efforts to ‘move …

Vacancy Announcement: Digital Marketing Assistant

Applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Digital Marketing Assistant are being accepted by WACSI. Please read the full description of key requirements, and how to apply for …

Capacity Strengthening Training for CEPF Partners

As part of the project entitled: Strengthening CSOs’ Capacities for Effective Stakeholder Engagement in Biodiversity Conservation funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF); on Monday 9 November 2020, the …

WACSI Rolls Out First Ever Course on Social Accountability for CSOs in Liberia – 296 CSO Reps Benefit

“In West Africa, state institutions and public service delivery are still very fragile, inefficient and not meeting the expectations of community citizens. In many countries, public institutions are progressively being …

Vacancy Announcement: Programme Officer, Knowledge Management

Applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Programme Officer, Knowledge Management are being accepted by WACSI. Please read the full description of key requirements, and how to apply …

2021 Next Generation Internship Programme: Call for Applications (January – June 2021)

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is a regional non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing the capacities of civil society organisations in West Africa toward greater sustainability and operational and …

Harnessing the Soft Leadership Skills of Young Civil Society Actors

In 2017, with the support of  Ford Foundation West Africa and the Rockdale Foundation, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) organised the second edition of the Civil Society Leadership …

Vacancy Announcement: Programme Officer, Communication and Information Officer

Applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Programme Officer, Communication and Information are being accepted by WACSI. Please read full description on key requirements, how to apply and …

The Leadership Challenge in Civil Society: A Call for Concern

It is has become more evident that there are serious leadership challenges within civil society. “Managing people is a challenge within civil society …There is a big gap in leadership …

LEAP Africa’s Social Innovators Programme & Awards (SIPA) Call for Application 2020/2021

LEAP Africa in partnership with Union Bank has announced the call for applications for the 2020/ 2021 cohort of the Social Innovators Programme (SIP), a one-year accelerator fellowship for young …

Multi-Stakeholder Reflection Meeting on COVID-19 Responses in Ghana

On Wednesday 19 August 2020, over 90 stakeholders from the private sector, civil society and government convened to reflect on the gains they have made to curb COVID-19 in Ghana. …

110 Participants Equipped to Bolster the Communication Skills of their Organisations

This has compelled most CSOs to model their activities to be delivered via online means. This makes it paramount for CSOs to adopt information and communication technologies (ICTs) and use …

Enhanced Technological Capacities Enhances Programmatic Efficiency of HRAC

In a fast-paced technological and digital age, the ability of civil society organisations (CSOs) to create impact and enhance their reach is affected by their skilfulness in leveraging technology for …

WACSI Strengthens Enoch Mensah’s Fundraising Skills

Hope for Children and Aged Rehabilitation Centre located in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region Ghana in West Africa was commissioned to combine measurement and actions in the medical and …

Release of Madi Jobarteh: A Big Win for CSOs’ Collective Advocacy in West Africa

“I am happy to announce that as Inspector General of Police of The Gambia Police Force, we are dropping all charges against Mr. Madi Jobarteh as from today. No other …

Building a Robust Next Generation of West African Leaders

“Through a hands-on approach to executing tasks in the next few months, I hope to get a grasp of how civil society works in the region of West Africa. This will help me understand how to …

WACSI Graduates 5th Batch of Interns in its 3rd Strategy Cycle Amidst COVID-19

It is in July 2020. The middle of an extraordinary year in the 14 years of WACSI’s existence. Extraordinary because the Institute, like every other civil society organisations (CSOs) in …

Strengthening CSO’s Capacities for Effective Stakeholder Engagement in Biodiversity Conservation in West Africa

The Upper Guinean Forest of West Africa considered as one of the “global biodiversity hotspots” due to its exceptional concentrations of endemic flora and fauna species. This natural treasure has lost more …

Enhancing CSOs’ Knowledge and Skills in African and International Human Rights Instruments

As West African states have been implementing anti-COVID-19 directives to curb the global pandemic, civil society organisations (CSOs) have increasingly raised criticism on national and regional decision-making and governance related …

Amadou Oury Bah Testifies to the Added Value of WACSI’s Communications Training

Although COVID-19 has raised significant health, economic, social and human rights challenges, the global pandemic can also be viewed as an opportunity for innovation and higher impact. Several civil society …

WACSI Boosts Communication Skills of CSOs in Ghana during COVID-19

COVID-19 has exacerbated the existing challenges that West African civil society organisations (CSOs) normally face. Indeed, the global pandemic has aggravated the prevailing digital divide as lock-down measures began to …

“Technology is here with us! We need to embrace it and take advantage of it”: Gertrude Bibi Annoh-Quarshie to CSOs in West Africa

Many CSOs in West Africa do not have Internet-based and technology tools through which they can communicate their activities as front liners in the fight against COVID-19. Furthermore, in the …

AWDF Capitalises on Technological Products during COVID-19

West African civil society organisations (CSOs) are increasingly putting efforts into leveraging on ICTs to mobilise support, coordinate response mechanisms and raise awareness on the COVID-19 pandemic. However, an overwhelming majority are …

Citizens-focused Feedback and Information Hub on COVID-19 Launched in Ghana

On Thursday, 25 June 2020, STAR Ghana and Penplusbytes’ organised a webinar to officially launch and deploy a COVID-19 ‘info-for-all’ website, information for all platform to address gaps in information dissemination …

Google for Nonprofits launches in Ghana and Nigeria!

Great news! Ghanaian and Nigerian nonprofits are now able to join the Google for Nonprofits program. Get access to a number of Google’s paid products, tools, and nonprofit services at …

COVID-19: WADPN Provides Emergency Humanitarian Responses to Persons who use Drugs

While West Africa has increasingly become an important hub for the global trade of illegal drugs, drug policy in the region has shown considerable weaknesses as West African states continue …

WACSI Strengthens the Communication Skills of CSOs in Côte d’Ivoire and Cape Verde during COVID-19

The civil society sector has been crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby reducing civil society organisation’s (CSO) capacity to effectively implement their activities and reach targeted vulnerable communities. As lock-down …

WACSI’s First Female Chairperson Begins Her Term of Office

Mrs. Ayodeji Fajemirokun, a technology consultant chaired her first board meeting at WACSI in her capacity as the board chairperson. Mrs. Fajemirokun becomes the first female board chair to lead …

2020 Next Generation Internship Programme: Call for Applications (July – December 2020)

Access the full Call for Application here The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is a regional non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing the capacities of civil society organisations in West …

WACSI Holds First Board Meeting Online Amidst COVID-19

On Thursday 28 May 2020, WACSI organised its statutory first board meeting for the year. The meeting was organised online for the first time in the Institute’s 13 years of …

Civil Society and Ghana Beyond Aid (GBA) Agenda in the context of COVID-19: A strategic opportunity to revisit the GBA Charter

On 30 April 2020, the West Africa Civil Society Organisation (WACSI) in collaboration with the Ghana CSO Platform on the SDGs organised a webinar to discuss the expediency of the …

WACSI Strengthens the Capacity of GNDR Partners to Mobilise Resources

Over the last decade, West African civil society organisations have been leveraging on digital democratisation to voice their constituencies interests to contribute to social welfare and to participate actively in …

“Feed the Hungry and Save a life.” Together we do more! – SCP

Street Children Project (SCP), is a legitimate Ghanaian based organisation operating in the Ashanti Region (Kumasi). Running under the vision “that all children live, grow, and are cared for within …

COVID-19: How WACSI Supports CSOs’ Sustainability

The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has created a global health crisis that significantly affects citizen’s habits across the world. In the quest to stop its spread, governments across West Africa have …

Call for Application: “Sankofa” Small Grants Programme 2020

Download full application here! The French Embassy to Ghana launched in March 2020 the Sankofa support project for higher education and research in heritage and tourism in Ghana. The principal objective of …

Most Active Organisation Sharing its Impact on the West Africa CSOs E-Directory – ASERD

Aid for Socio-Economic and Rural Development (ASERD), is a legitimate non-governmental organisation located at Nalerigu, North East Regional Capital of Ghana. The organisation envisions a community, where the rural poor, …

CSOs Equipped to Respond to Cyber Security Threats

Civil society organisations (CSOs) across West Africa are showing innovation by using technology to advance their work. In fact, technology allows CSOs to communicate their agenda, mobilise larger audiences, connect …

Ghanaian CSOs Equipped to Effectively Mobilise Communities to Demand Accountability

Civil society organisations (CSOs) in Ghana play a vital role in influencing policies in the country. They also play key roles in ensuring adequate service delivery to deprived communities. However, …

30 CSOs in Northern Ghana Equipped with Practical and Effective Communication Skills

“A lot of lessons were learnt and the right answers were given to all questions. It was more of an open discussion. I just cannot wait for the next training. …

Precautionary Measures to Curb the Spread of COVID-19

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) would like to bring to the attention of staff, partners and the general public, key measures it is putting in place to support …

WACSI Convenes Key Civil Society Actors in Ghana to Assess the Legal Environment for CSOs in the Country

An enabling environment is key for civil society sustainability. However, across the globe, there have been growing concerns of threats to civil society sustainability due to the dearth of or …

Call for Application: Parliamentary Advocacy and Engagement Training

The Parliamentary Advocacy and Engagement(PA&E) training is designed to respond to the gap identified in the ability of civil society organisations (CSOs) to effectively engage with their national parliaments. It …

Equipping Young West Africans with Skills to Smoothly Transition from Academia to the Work Milieu

By the end of the programme, I hope to gain a quantum of competence from the internship, including knowledge of Public Policy and civil society organisations. Also, I hope to …

PRESS RELEASE: Rights CoLab and Partners Join Forces to Map Civil Society Innovation to Advance Human Rights

Rights CoLab is pleased to announce that it has joined forces with the Prague Centre for Civil Society, the Social Innovations Advisory and the West Africa Civil Society Institute to …

WACSI Board Expresses Delight with 2019 Accomplishments

On Friday 13 December 2019, the board and management of WACSI held the second and last board meeting for the year. This meeting was the second in the second year …

WACSI Engaged the Civic Leadership Track of 15th Cohort of YALI RLC West Africa

As part of the West Africa Civil Society Institute, WACSI’s commitment to grooming the next generation of West African leaders, WACSI has been a key implementing partner of the YALI …

West African Activists Enhance their Ability to Effectively Conduct Non-Violent Mobilisation

Since the 1990s, with the institution of the multiparty democracy, the number of electoral democracies in West Africa has been on the rise. Since January 2017, the region has for …

Strengthening the Capacities of CSOs to Eliminate Child Marriage in Niger

Seventy-eight per cent (78%) of girls in Niger get married before their 18th birthday. This makes Niger the country with the highest prevalence of child marriage in the world. It …

Tebeck Mariztsa Commits to Mobilise Cameroonian Youths to Create Lasting Peace

Tebeck Mariztsa, 18, will hold fond memories of the nonviolent mobilisation training she participated in from 4 – 7 November in Accra, Ghana. The young Cameroonian, and youngest to have …

Civil Society Networks in Niger Strategise to End Child Marriage for Good

Niger has the highest rate of child marriage in the world, with alarming statistics of 76% of women married before the age of 18 and 28% are married before age …

WAVES Enhances its Institutional Competences

A 5-day training conducted for partners of the Fund for Global Human Right (FGHR) Partners in Sierra Leone by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), took place at Imperial …

2020 Next Generation Internship Programme: Call for Applications

Download the full call for application here! The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is a regional non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing the capacities of civil society organisations in West …

Next Generation Research Fellowship: Call for Applications

Download the full call for application here! The goal of the research fellowship is to offer young researchers with the dire opportunities to document indigenous practices on civil society sustainability, …

Sonny Leigh Commits to Revive the Board of Act

Action for Community Task (ACT), a community-based organisation in Pujehun, in the southern part of Sierra Leone was among four civil society organisations that took part in a five-day training …

Act Sierra Leone Commits to Have a Functional Board

Four women and child rights organisations in Sierra Leone have been enlightened on the urgent need to have boards that play more active oversight roles in the management of their …

DCI-SL and NCYAB Win Proposal Pitching Competition

Defence for Children International Sierra Leone (DCI-SL) and the National Children and Youth Advisory Board (NCYAB) of Liberia emerged winners of a proposal pitching competition organised for a selected group …

WACSI and PNA Enhance the Skills of CSOS in Parliamentary Advocacy and Engagement

Advocacy is an essential tool used by civil society to achieve its mission to advance collective interests, solve shared problems and defend social causes. As institutions that facilitate communication between …

WACSI Organises Four-Day Training for Embassy of France Civil Society Partners

“As an organisation, we have not been doing very well with monitoring and evaluation because of limited opportunities for detailed learning. [Thanks to this programme] I have learnt key issues …

Benitha Dehfer Participates in Her First Ever Training in Resource Mobilisation

Benitha Dehfer was one of four participants from Defence for Children (DCI) Liberia who took part in a five-day training for five child rights organisations in Liberia. Like the other 15 participants, …

Strengthening the Capacities of Child Rights Organisations In Liberia

Five civil society organisations (CSOs) in Liberia have benefitted from a five-day training in Monrovia from 15 to 18 October 2019. The organisations who are partners of the Fund for Global …

20 CSOS in Ghana Participate in Maiden CSO Sustainability Fellowship

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with support from Star-Ghana Foundation held a 3-day sustainability fellowship training for 20 selected civil society organisations (CSOs) in Accra from Wednesday 9 to Friday …

Ghana CSOS Sustainability Fellowship: A Step Forward in The Sustainability Journey of CSOS In Ghana

Sustainability of the civil society sector remains a key challenge in Ghana. Although civil society plays a key role in contributing to the development of the country, dwindling funding, inadequate …

AFDB Engages CSOS in West Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB or the Bank) held a consultation workshop on 26 September 2019 with civil society actors from across West Africa in Abuja. This workshop sought to enable participants …

The Ghana National Civil Society Sustainability Strategy: A Key Tool to Drive the Sustainability of CSOS in Ghana

This strategy paper has been developed as a one-stop toolbox of ideas, initiatives and strategies for making Ghanaian civil society viable and sustainable. The Strategy document is a product of …

WACSI Completes Organisational Assessments for NGOS In Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea

Four non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Sierra Leone, five from Liberia and three from Guinea have benefitted from a capacity assessment support from the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI). This …

CSOS on the West Africa Civil Society E-Directory Participate in First Webinar

“We, SPONG, are very grateful for this timely support provided by WACSI. We had an uncomplete draft of our communication strategy and this webinar provided us with the right set …

Stakeholders’ Engagement on Relevance of Techsoup to CSOS in West Africa

On 23 July 2019, WACSI took part in the 4th Edition of the Association for Research on Civil Society in Africa (AROCSA) Conference that took place from 22-24 July, in Strathmore University, …

CSOS, Social Movements and Activists Must Collaborate to Curb Shrinking Civic Space in West Africa

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in collaboration with the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) organised a 3-day convening with twenty representatives from civil society organisations (CSOs) that promote social justice in …

Empowers Civil Society in Francophone West Africa on AML/CTF Issues

WACSI in collaboration with the International Center for Non-Profit Law (ICNL) on 20th to 22nd August 2019, convened a workshop on the theme Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in West Africa: Strengthening civil …

Guidebook on Alternative Funding Models: A Tool to Drive Civil Society’s Financial Sustainability in Africa

Download the full guidebook here! In Africa, many civil society organisations (CSOs) depend on donor funding to sustain their work. However, over the last decade, donors have started reducing their financial support …

2017 Civil Society Leadership Institute – Stories of Change

This publication showcases leadership stories from various communities within West Africa. The stories highlight the growth and influence of young West African leaders who continue to shape the development of …

AGNA: Sharing Lessons Globally to Scale Up Domestic Impact

Many CSOs learn sector-based best practices from others. This is often achieved through their membership in networks. Networks comprise a group of CSOs and or individuals who work together to …

Result Based Monitoring Evaluation and Communicating Impact – Interview With Chris Ogbonna

The interest in attending training on monitoring and evaluation evolved from his need to have basic knowledge on monitoring and evaluation. Ogbonna did not regret participating in this training. Although …

Strengthening CSOS to Raise Funds Locally!

Preceding the training, WACSI engaged the leadership of selected organisations to identify critical gaps, expectations and address issues pertaining to ownership of the programme. A total of eighteen (18) participants …

Grooming the Next Generation of Researchers on Civil Society

My experience with WACSI has been one that is phenomenal. It has affected me in a number of ways. It shaped my research focus. I had to redirect things after …

GDCA Enhances its Knowledge Management System

On 10th January 2019, the Techsoup West Africa team delivered the second phase of training support in Knowledge Management System and Technology Planning for the Ghana Developing Community Association (GDCA) …

Call or Application: Local Fundraising Training

Civil society, together with government and the private sector, constitutes an essential pillar of a well-functioning state. Civil society across West Africa has emerged as a key stakeholder in the …

Call for Submissions – World Justice Challenge 2019

The World Justice Challenge 2019: Access to Justice Solutions is now open for submissions. Applications are due February 8, 2019. More than three billion people have unmet justice needs globally. …

Civil Society Situation Report October 2018

Over the last month, there has been a cross-cutting of events of civil society activities across West Africa ranging from elections to governance, activism, women empowerment among others. As these …

Civil Society Situation Report November 2018

Reports gathered over the last one month on civil society activities across West Africa revealed a massive and diverse socio-economic agenda towards the development of livelihoods. CSOs in Nigeria recorded …

Promoting Social Accountability in West Africa

From the 03-05 December 2018, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in partnership with the  William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the  Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) organised the …

Strategic Human Rights Litigation Course 2019

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the  Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI)  invites applicants for the 2019 Africa Human Rights Litigation Course, to be held in Accra, Ghana from April 10 …

Ghana Hosts CSO Conference on Alternative Funding Models

The existence and viability of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are being threatened by the reduction in donor funding, Mr Charles Vandyck, Head, Capacity Development Unit, West Africa Civil Society Institute …

WACSI, Innovation for Change Hold Conference on Alternative Funding Models for CSOs

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), in partnership with Innovation for Change, has put together a three-day conference in which participants are expected to share ideas on alternative funding …

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. …

Change the Game Academy Newsletter

In today’s world, there are many organisations seeking to address various needs in society. This has led to competition for grants, especially in developing countries. There has been a culture …

WACSI Hosts 3rd Annual ICON Meeting

From the 17th- 18th October 2018, WACSI hosted 13 members of the International Consortium on Closing Civic Space (iCon) at its secretariat. During her opening remarks, the Executive Director of …

Functioning Beyond Donor Dependency

“We’ve improved our ways of generating funds locally towards projects instead of depending solely on foreign aid and internally generated funds. This awareness only came about through our participation in …

Next Generation Internship Programme 2019 Call for Self-Sponsored Internship

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) is a regional non-governmental organisation dedicated to enhancing the capacities of civil society organisations in West Africa toward greater sustainability and operational and …

Tapping into The Local Resource Mobilisation Pool

Since its creation in 2000, the Urban Poor Child Organisation (UPCO) has experienced some resource mobilisation challenges. This impeded their ability to locally mobilise resources to sustain their mission and ensure …

Civil Society Situation Report September 2018

Over the past one month, the level and engagements of civil society activities in West Africa have been observed to be on the rise as they are confronted with a …

Civil Society in Ghana Strategise Towards A Sustainable Future

The state of civil society’s sustainability in Ghana remains challenging. This was realised from research on the State of Civil Society’s Sustainability in Ghana published by the West Africa Civil …

“We all Knew Funding Was Becoming A Challenge, But We Didn’t Know that the Intensity Was that Dire” – Dr. Arhin

Dr. Mohammed Arhin urges non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to invest in building their own capacity. He also encourages NGOs to be smart in generating funds both internally and externally. Additionally, he …

CSOS in Ghana Commit to Work Towards their Sustainability

The state of civil society sustainability in Ghana remains challenging. This is a key outcome of the research on the State of Civil Society’s Sustainability in Ghana. “Sustainability is an …

Media Reporting on Substance Use: Magnifying or Reducing the Harm?

Over the past four months, phrases such as “sweet, sweet codeine” and “end tramadol abuse now” have become very popular in Ghana and Nigeria. These terms emanated from a title …

Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders

Over decades, youths on the African continent have argued that the biggest leadership deficit is caused by the failure of young qualified professionals to be given the opportunity to occupy …

Civil Society Situation Report August 2018

From politicians violating human rights to repressive laws and downright violence, the civic space in many West African countries is shrinking even amidst rising advocacy. The August edition of the …

Reviving Corps Senegal

Mareme Ndour believes in duty; her duty to manage and lead her colleagues and organisation more effectively as Deputy Director of Corps Africa-Senegal. In 2017 she discovered a means to …

Civil Society Situation Report 01-31 June,2018

Civil society in West Africa, Cameroon and Chad continued to pursue divergent mandates and face unique challenges, as reflected in the diversity of the population, and the political, economic and …

2017 Civil Society Leadership Institute – Stories of Change

The Civil Society Leadership Institute (CSLI) is designed to groom the next generation of leaders in civil society. It equips participating fellows with the skills and tools they need to …

WACSI Trains Civil Society Actors on Evidence Based Advocacy

In line with our mandate to capacitate civil society actors in the sub-region, WACSI organised 5-day training on Evidence-Based Advocacy from 23-27 July 2018 in Accra, Ghana. The training which …

It is Time for A Public Health Approach to the Illicit Drug Problem in Liberia

The Senate Committee Chairman on Youth and Sports has called for the decriminalisation of drug use and to consider it from a public health perspective. Senator Commany Wesseh explained that the drug …

Advancing Women’s Agenda in West Africa

Decades after the Beijing Women’s Conference in China, gender equality continues to face stiff resistance across sectors of African society. Notwithstanding, the inclusion of gender equality as a key policy …

Civil Society Situation Report 01-31 July, 2018

Over the month of July, the West African civic space has been very dynamic. Many of its actors undertook key actions to improve the lives of citizens. Civil society organisations …

Transformational Leadership for Change – A CSLI Story

“I used to focus on just myself, completing my daily tasks without considering a holistic approach to enhance my organisation’s work,” Chinenye Etoniru, a 2017 Fellow of WACSI’s Civil Society …

Mandela Washington Fellow Joins WACSi as Immunisation Advocacy Initiative Project Officer

Dr. Annick Sidibe, a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow (MWF) from Burkina Faso has joined WACSI as the Immunisation Advocacy Initiative (IAI) Project Officer. As a MWF, Dr. Sidibe took the …

Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

“It was an honour to be a Next Generation Intern with WACSI”, said Cesaltina Travares Sa, after completing a six-month internship at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in …

The Future of Civil Society Series

The editorials are analytical write-ups on topical themes and emerging issues relevant to West Africa and the development sector. These editorials provide WACSI’s Board members with a platform to reflect, …

Unearthing the Potential of the Next Generation of Leaders

Since 2015, WACSI hosts two students from the Ghana Institute of Languages every month. During this period, these students work at the institute as part of their language immersion programme. …

Reshaping the Narrative- A 2017 CSLI Story

“I was prone to outbursts, lacking tact and an unapologetic disposition”. These were the words that came to mind about Moussa when his colleagues thought about him. Moussa Hassan Ousseini, …

NIPSS Delegation Pays Working Visit To WACSI

In the early hours of Monday 30 July 2018, 16 participants from the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) paid a working visit to WACSI. The goal of their visit …

Soaring in Life Through Internship Programmes: Ms. Nicole Hinshaw Lauds Internship Opportunity with WACSI

Meet Ms Nicole Hinshaw, an aspiring diplomat and Public Diplomacy Officer, a Junior at Arizona State University (ASU) studying Human Communication and Political Science who took up internship programmes in …

The Status of Women’s Leadership In West Africa

For many years, women continue to be poorly represented in governance and power structures across the West African region. Specifically, women are not adequately represented in two of the three …