The West Africa Civil Society Leadership Institute (WACSI) has announced the second edition of its youth empowerment programme scheduled to take place from Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 19, 2017.
This year's programme is under the theme "Social Change Through Transformational Leadership - A Call to Action".
The programme which is with support from Ford Foundation and Rockdale Foundation will be held at WACSI training center, East Legon, in Accra.
It is expected to attract young professionals from eleven (11) West African countries.
The event is designed into two components; two weeks training and a four-month mentorship, focusing mainly on individual development, institutional strengthening, and societal transformation.
It is also purposed to facilitate a deeper understanding of leadership issues and challenges within civil society in the region, use exemplary and successful standards to improve upon leadership thinking and practice in the region while developing the capacity of skilled human resources who will be duly equipped to effect strong oversight and governance of organised and organic civil society.
Some seasoned professionals booked to share their experiences during the programme include Prof. Patrick Okedinachi Utomi, Founder and CEO of the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) based in Lagos, Nigeria, Carl Manlan, Chief Operating Officer of the Ecobank Foundation, Jessica Horn, Programmes Director of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Dr. Sulley Gariba, Former High Commissioner of Ghana to Canada among others.
WACSI is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to strengthen the institutional and operational capacities of civil society organisations through capacity strengthening programmes for increased and effective policy engagement, the promotion of development, good governance and democratic values in West Africa.