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WACSI: Lending voice to the mouthed


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Kemi Busari

For more than 9 years, the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has been in the business of development in the West African region.

With the mandate of reinforcing the capacities of civil societies in the sub-region, WACSI has grown from strength to strength in its delivery.

The mission is clear; to strengthen the institutional and operational capacities of civil society organisations through capacity strengthening programmes for increased and effective policy engagement, and the promotion of development, good governance and democratic values in West Africa.

The founders believe and envisage a West Africa of efficient, effective, and influential civil society functioning as strategic partners for democracy, good governance and sustainable national development.

WACSI does not operate at a theoretical level but creates strategic approach to capacity development through its various programmes.

2015 was a momentous and exciting year for WACSI. By the end of the year, four hundred and twenty-three (423) practitioners from three hundred and twenty one (321) organisations benefited from WACSI’s training programmes.

From the institute’s inception till date, a total of two thousand, seven hundred and twenty-six (2,726) civil society practitioners and two thousand, three hundred and forty-five organisations (2,345) have gone through WACSI’s training.

The Institute run an open course from March to September each year to further strengthen the capacity of CSOs while serving as a resource centre for training, research, experience sharing and dialogue for in West Africa.

The media wing of WACSI is not slack in publicizing the activities of the institution.

The Civil Society Situation Report is a bi-weekly synopsis of news articles compiled by WACSI on civil society and citizen engagement across West Africa. It doesn’t stop at this, the Institute also publishes research reports on civil society and development in West Africa.

The strength of WACSI lies in its delivery and ability to network across West Africa and beyond. WACSI is the co-implementing partner of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) programme.

With its unique approach towards the capacity development of civil society organizations in West Africa, WACSI is set out to deliver in the coming years a West Africa of prosperity, democratic governance, sustainable development and a society worthy of living.

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