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 programme. It is within this context that, WACSI co-facilitated from 6 to 12 November 2019, 6 Modules of the civic leadership curriculum of the Cohort 15 of the YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
47 young leaders took part in this 6-day intensive training. After the training, Aminata Gba Kamara, a YALI Fellow from Sierra Leone said she has acquired a lot of knowledge on civil society sustainability, leadership, proper communication and organisational branding through the means of storytelling [success stories] and how to write an accurate proposal with budget. “I will share the knowledge I have gained from the training to my colleagues when I return, and also use it to strengthen the work of my organisation and personal business as an AdvocatePreneur [Entrepreneurship combine with Advocacy]” she added.
Sarah Kuponiyi also said she has gained numerous skills, especially in the area of civil society sustainability, how she will run her organisation and development in terms of growth. “I will step down knowledge acquired to other young leaders who are trying to impact their community”, she said.
Billy Harry Sesay’s pinning point, after the training, is the concept of civil society sustainability and the 12 alternative funding models for CSOs. Billy added that going back to his organization, he will put in practice the knowledge gathered to implement at least one model of internal funding and start reducing the dependence of its organisation on proposal writing and foreign donors. “We will also refine our policy advocacy strategies, and give sufficient attention to the communication and visibility aspect of our work”
Ultimately, engaging with the cohort 15 of YALI-RLC West Africa has been an amazing experience and constitute an incredible catalyst of the great potential that lies in the African youth population.