The West Arica Civil Society Institute (WACSI) wasestablished by the Open Society Initiative or West Arica(OSIWA) in 2005 to reinorce the capacities o civil societyin the sub-region.
is to strengthen the institutionaland operational capacity o Civil Society Organizationsto engage in policy intervention and the promotion odemocratic values and principles in West Arica.
is to strengthen civil society organizationsas strategic partners or the promotion o democracy, goodgovernance and national development in the sub region.The role o WACSI is to serve as a resource centre ortraining, research, experience sharing and dialogue or CSOsin West Arica
Having understood thechallenges that developmentpractitioners ace in theWest Arican sub region, ourcreative and custom-madeinterventions continue torespond to operational andinstitutional challenges onational and regional civilsociety institutions in Liberia,Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Ghana,Sierra Leone, Guinea, Coted’Ivoire and Senegal. In thenear uture, the Institute willocus on invigorating thecapacities o developmentpractitioners in Mali, BurkinaFaso, Niger, Gambia, CapeVerde and Guinea Bissau.Since July 2007, WACSI hassuccessully completed over50 capacity developmentengagements or more than1200 civil society institutions,oundations, NGOs andgovernment agenciesoperating in the West Aricansub region. The Institute hasconducted engagements in9 countries in the sub region.We currently continue toserve the vast majority othe clients we served sinceour inception, and manyo our engagements withnew clients come throughreerences rom peopleamiliar with our work.
Our track record
The Institute has built workingrelationships with the ollowingreputable institutions: AricanWomen’s Development Fund,Daphne Foundation, GermanTechnical Cooperation,International Coalition or theResponsibility to Protect, KofAnnan International PeacekeepingTraining Centre, Open SocietyInitiative or West Arica, OpenSociety Institute, OSI’s InternationalWomen’s Programme, StockholmInternational Peace ResearchInstitute, Trust Arica, West AricanCivil Society Forum , Women,Peace and Security Network-Arica, World Federalist Movement-Institute or Global Policy,Embassy o France Cooperationand Cultural Aairs Oce, theArica CSO Platorm or PrincipledPartnership and the EconomicCommunity o West Arican StatesCommission.
Our PartnersOur uture ambition
WACSI is positioningitsel to becomea civil societyknowledge sharinghub and a crediblecentre o learningwith internationalrecognition andaccreditation. Weenvision a veritable civilsociety resource centrethat caters or thecapacity developmentneeds o civil societyorganizations in WestArica.