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ISTR 2016 ELECTIONS - Nana Asantewa Afadzinu




Nana Afadzinu, Executive Director of the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), has worked with and within the civil society sector for the past 19 years and is a passionate advocate for sustainable development in Africa with the full participation of an effective, efficient, influential and sustainable civil society.

As Executive Director of WACSI, Nana worked with the team to ensure that the 3rd ISTR Africa Regional Network (ISTRAN) Conference was successful.  She played a key role in fundraising and logistics as well as provided opening remarks for the conference and served as session moderator. WACSI will also host the 2017 ISTRAN meeting in Accra. WACSI has been an institutional member of ISTR since 2014. 

She is a lawyer by profession and has worked on areas of governance, human rights, philanthropy and capacity building with national, international, continental and regional organisations in Africa.  They include the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, National Coalition on Domestic Violence Legislation in Ghana, Women’s Initiative for self-empowerment (WISE), the African Society of International Law, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and IBIS West Africa. She has a number of articles and papers to her credit and is a regular presenter at national, regional and global conferences on issues related to civil society in West Africa. She is currently a faculty member for the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on courses related to governance, human rights, peace and security and gender. Nana has served as a member of a number of public service, corporate and non-profit boards including the Graphic Communications Group Limited (Ghana), the Ghana Legal Services Board, and Ghana News Agency Board. She is currently a member of the GPAK board, a subsidiary of the Graphic Communications Group and the Management Committee of the University of Ghana School of Law. Nana is also a member of the Advisory Councils of Water Aid Ghana, the Africa Civil Society Platform, the Nexus Fund and the SDG Philanthropy Forum in Ghana.



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