Past

WACSOF has organized a CSO Capacity Development Workshop on Stakeholders Mapping at the state, National, Regional and International Level.
The workshop was held in Abuja, Nigeria on the 25th of April 2018. It had 22 persons (10 Females and 12 Males) in attendance from 7 West African Countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Guinea Conakry and Cote D’Ivoire.
The main objective of the workshop was to empower CSOs to engage in advocacy campaigning for reforms to enhance the implementation of the values, legal and institutional provisions of the African Charter on Democracy, Election and Governance (ACDEG) and African Governance Architecture (AGA) in member countries.
The action is expected to increase the coordination and capacity of CSOs especially youth and women’s organisations to advocate for the ratification, domestication and implementation of the ACDEG and ultimately all AGA by AU member states and demand greater accountability from AU institutions and governments.
Some of the Stakeholders identified at the state level include Community Chiefs, Local Government Chairman’s, Local Associations, Youth Leaders, State Assembly Members, Labour Unions, Religious Leaders, Student Unions, Women Leaders, Commissioners, Councillors, Governors, CSOs and FBOs.
At the National Level, the stakeholders identified included the Presidency, Senators, National Associations, Security bodies, National Media Bodies, Judiciary, MDA’s, Embassies and High Commissions among others, while at the regional level, ECOWAS, Regional CSO coalitions, Regional Media Organizations were identified. At the International Level, the African Union, Pan African Organizations, African Youth Union and others were recognized.
Some recommendation made at the training include; Multi-media Campaigns through Radio and Print Media to reach rural communities, Production of Special Reports, Featured Interviews specifically designed to promote AGA and ACDEG, Consistent weekly activities and campaign especially on Social Media would go a long way to enlighten the general public on the African Governance Architecture (AGA) and (ACDEG).

Past

The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) has trained over 20 Journalists from Five (5) West African Countries on the African Governance Architecture (AGA).

The training which was held in Abuja on the 5th of April 2018 drew its participants from Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire and Togo.

The aim of the training was to equip participants with the required skills to develop plans that will improve coverage, and increase information, knowledge and awareness of the African Governance Architecture (AGA) and African Charter on Democracy, Election and Governance (ACDEG).
It was expected that at the end of the training, media organizations would become actively involved in creating news, reports, talk-shows and interview that focuses on promoting Democracy, Election and Governance and in the long term this will lead to increased awareness of the AGA and ACDEG therefore lead to increase in the demand for the implementation of the AGA and ACDEG.

The facilitator, Mr. Faruk Ibrahim Senior Program Officer, Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), elaborated on content formation for the popularization of AGA and ACDEG at the regional level which includes News and News Analysis, radio/TV current affairs programmes such as segments in magazines, Talk Show inserts, interviews, panel discussion, and documentaries.

The Participants made solemn commitment to create more awareness on AGA and ACDEG through their platforms as well as link their political reports to AGA and ACDEG.

Media houses represented at the training includes, Vanguard Newspapers Nigeria, Awoko Newspapers Sierra Leone, News Agency of Nigeria, The Punch Newspapers Nigeria, African Young Voices Sierra Leone, Television Togolaise, BBC Nigeria, Maison De Radio Nigeria, African Independent Television Nigeria, China Central Television (CCTV) Nigeria, This Day Newspaper Nigeria, Federal Radio Corp. of Nigeria (FRCN) Nigeria, Joy News Ghana, Ghana News Agency, Nigerian Television Authority, Nigerian Tribune, Daily Trust Newspaper Nigeria, Sierra Leone Broadcasting Commission, News Ivoire Côte D’ Ivoire, Daily News Appraisal Nigeria and Radio Democracy 98.1 Sierra Leone.

Implementer: WACSOF

Funder: EUROPEAN UNION / ACTIONAID

Implementation Partners:  ACTIONAID INTERNATIONAL; ACTIONAID GHANA; ACTIONAID MOÇAMBIQUE; ACTIONAID NIGERIA; ACTIONAID SIERRA LEONE; ACTIONAID UGANDA; ACTIONAID TANZANIA; EAST AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS' FORUM (EACSOF); MASS PUBLIC OPINION INSTITUTE (MPOI); MEDIA FOUNDATION FOR WEST AFRICA (MFWA); SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY COUNCIL OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS (SADC-CNGO); WEST AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM (WACSOF); EUROPEAN UNION


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Past

The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) organised 2day training on African Governance Architecture for West African Youths.
The training which was held on 6th and 7th April in Abuja, Nigeria was aimed at developing the potential of young people as drivers of change, raise their awareness and foster their understanding and engagement with the ACDEG.
The Training was also targeted at creating a youth movement actively involved in local and national awareness raising, mobilization and campaign activities focused on demanding for the implementation of the AGA and ACDEG
Youth Leaders who participated at the event pledged to take the training down to their various countries for other youths to benefit from. They also promised to create more awareness on AGA and ACDEG.
Two Youth Groups that participated at the Training have carried out step down trainings. YALI Network Abuja had a training on the 14th of April, 2018 for its members and 61 youths were in attendance. Activista also had a Youth Training on 28th April 2018, and 54 youths were in attendance. These step-down trainings also led to the increase in awareness and number of CSOs advocating for the implementation of the AGA and ACDEG.

28 Youth Leaders (11 Females and 17 Males) that benefited from the training were drawn from five West African countries which includes Nigeria, Ghana, Côte D’Ivoire, Liberia and Benin.

Past

WACSOF has organized a CSO Capacity Development Workshop on Stakeholders Mapping at the state, National, Regional and International Level.
The workshop was held in Abuja, Nigeria on the 25th of April 2018. It had 22 persons (10 Females and 12 Males) in attendance from 7 West African Countries - Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Guinea Conakry and Cote D’Ivoire.
The main objective of the workshop was to empower CSOs to engage in advocacy campaigning for reforms to enhance the implementation of the values, legal and institutional provisions of the African Charter on Democracy, Election and Governance (ACDEG) and African Governance Architecture (AGA) in member countries.
The action is expected to increase the coordination and capacity of CSOs especially youth and women’s organisations to advocate for the ratification, domestication and implementation of the ACDEG and ultimately all AGA by AU member states and demand greater accountability from AU institutions and governments.
Some of the Stakeholders identified at the state level include Community Chiefs, Local Government Chairman’s, Local Associations, Youth Leaders, State Assembly Members, Labour Unions, Religious Leaders, Student Unions, Women Leaders, Commissioners, Councillors, Governors, CSOs and FBOs.
At the National Level, the stakeholders identified included the Presidency, Senators, National Associations, Security bodies, National Media Bodies, Judiciary, MDA’s, Embassies and High Commissions among others, while at the regional level, ECOWAS, Regional CSO coalitions, Regional Media Organizations were identified. At the International Level, the African Union, Pan African Organizations, African Youth Union and others were recognized.
Some recommendation made at the training include; Multi-media Campaigns through Radio and Print Media to reach rural communities, Production of Special Reports, Featured Interviews specifically designed to promote AGA and ACDEG, Consistent weekly activities and campaign especially on Social Media would go a long way to enlighten the general public on the African Governance Architecture (AGA) and (ACDEG).

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