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National Civil Society Sustainability Strategy for Civil Society in Ghana

January 1, 2019

This strategy paper has been developed as a one-stoptoolbox of ideas, initiatives and strategies for making Ghanaian civil society viable and sustainable. This strategy paper analyses the different approaches, models and resourcing strategies commonly used by CSOs around the world drawing inspiration from previous work by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) on issues around sustainability and the characteristics of sustainable CSOs. From the national CSO convenings, it has become clear that there is growing interest in the development of alternative funding models that reduce a CSO's dependence on traditional gift-incomes and official aid.

The State of Civil Society Organisations Sustainability in Ghana

January 1, 2015

This study was commissioned by the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) to explore the status of civil society (CS) sustainability in the context of the changing aid and development landscape in Ghana. The report captures the views, perceptions, opinions, fears, anxiety, excitement and the hopes of CS in relation to the current development landscape and operating space in Ghana. The report also throws light on how CS in Ghana are grappling with profound questions about their future, purpose and role in socio-economic development, as well as their legitimacy, recognition and visibility, operations, relationships and funding in Ghana. The report further tells the story of the mutable meanings of sustainability, the perceived present state of sustainability, the diverse challenges threatening sustainability of CS, the different strategies being employed by CS to ensure that they are sustainable and the roles that government and pool-funding mechanisms can play for CS in Ghana. The methodology for the study involved a combination of an online survey together with interviews and conversations with a wide range of actors within the civil society fraternity and beyond.