ACCRA, The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), an Accra-based capacity development institution, is hosting a three-day regional workshop on Social Accountability here to enrich the competences of its grant partners in West African countries.
The workshop, which is being co-ordinated by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and sponsored by the Ford Foundation, seeks to strengthen the effectiveness of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) which are engaged in promoting social accountability in the nine participating countries.
Participants of the workshop, which began Monday, were from selected CSOs in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Eva Kouka, a Programme Officer at the Ford Foundation, attributed the lack of citizens’ inclusion in governance to the poor organizational abilities of citizens’ groups to enable them to demand for social accountability from the government with regard to the appropriation of State resources.
She said the foundation, in seeking to ensure open governance and social accountability, had heavily invested in efforts to address the root causes of poverty and inequality, and urged participants to strengthen their networks in order to be able to engage properly with their communities and provide them with the requisite information and education to demand for good governance.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK