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 organisations.
Despite the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute maintained its resolve to provide the most needed support for civil society organisations (CSOs) in the region.
As a result, WACSI was recognised among the “top 50 impactful non-profit organisations across Africa for their independent contributions towards the development of the African continent”, a statement from ICS Africa read.
This recognition “affirms the relevance of the Institute’s mandate of strengthening the civil society ecosystem”, says Charles Vandyck, Head, Capacity Development Unit when staff of the Institute received the news.
ICS Africa, an emerging Pan African Events Engineering, Management Consulting, Marketing & Communications, and Professional Development Company, published its maiden list of top 50 NGOs on the continent.
According to Emeline Dartey, Chief Executive of ICS Africa, this recognition “will continue to serve as a motivation to encourage NGOs or social impact organisations who have made a difference in Africa to continue to make lasting impact”.
This recognition symbolises a wand of motivation for the board, management and staff of WACSI not to relent in its effort to catalyse initiatives geared towards engineering the prosperity of the West African region.
“It is also a call to action for the Institute to assert its influence to ensure that it does even more to promote active citizenship and sustainable social change”, says Vandyck.
He happily expressed a message of congratulations to the Institute’s partners listed among the top 50 NGOs on the continent while urging them to remain key actors and supporters of WACSI’s endeavours to contribute to a peaceful and prosperous West Africa.
“The Institute is grateful for the support it continues to receive from its funding and technical partners. This milestone is a reminder that there is still more work to be done as we embark on this journey, therefore, mutually empowering relationships with our partners will be essential to ensure that we even make more greater strides”, he says.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), FORD Foundation, Care International, Oxfam International, Christian Aid, CIVICUS, African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), are WACSI’s partners that have been recognised by ICS in its maiden list of the top 50 NGOs in Africa.