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WACSI strengthens the institutional capacities of West African CSOs

WACSI strengthens the institutional capacities of West African CSOs

Accra, Ghana – Organisational leaders and project managers from civil society organisations (CSOs) from two West African countries have completed a three day training on Personal Productivity Skills for CSOs from West Africa.

The training, organized by WACSI, took place from February 20 – 22, 2013 at the Institute’s Training Centre in Accra, Ghana. Participants at the training came from CSOs in Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria.

The training was organized in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank. It incorporated the training module on Personal Productivity Skills designed for small and medium size enterprises.

WACSI  organized this training to provide participants with successful approaches of leading their teams to achieve significant results. The training equipped project leaders and decision makers of CSOs with unique skills to motivate team and staff members respectively to commit fully towards achieving specified targets.

The participants appreciated the training methodology, content and facilities and commended the facilitation skills of Mr. Gilbert Atta-Boakye of Cicada Consult, who is an IFC certified trainer and a resource person for WACSI.

The training methodology adopted a participatory approach which enabled participants to frequently engage among themselves and the facilitator. Participants affirmed that the content was rich. They testified that they have acquired relevant knowledge on the qualities of good managers and tips of how to successfully lead their teams. They described the training content to be very rich and self-explanatory, thus, they were able to satisfactorily grasp relevant, practicable information from the training.

According to Mr. Chibuzo Nwogu, Executive Director of the Center for Public Enlightenment and Education (CENPECE) Nigeria, “the training methodology was wonderful and rich. The training was very interactive and participants shared relevant experiences”. He further explained that this has enabled him to gain techniques to motivate his colleagues to achieve the goals of CENPECE.

Since its creation in 2005, WACSI has successfully organised trainings which have benefitted CSOs in all 16 West African countries. The Institute was created in 2005 by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to strengthen the capacities of civil society in West Africa. WACSI strengthens capacities by conducting and disseminating research on topical issues that explore development challenges that civil society strives to address.

More information can be found on www.wacsi.org

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