CSOs in Ghana urged to utilise digital strategy

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has entreated Civil Society Organisations to make the most out of digital transformation.

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The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) has engaged Microsoft and Techsoup to find avenues for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to be more efficient and impactful through digital transformation.

Nana Afadzinu, the Executive Director of WACSI  says nonprofits organizations could tap into digital transformation to improve their activities while enabling them to use fewer resources to achieve more.

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Alex Nyingi, the Microsoft Philanthropy Manager for sub-Saharan Africa also said

"we are in the fourth industrial revolution and what is physical and digital is getting blurry. Technology has become a part and parcel of our lives”

He adds that the decision on the type of information Communication Technology (ICT), used  in organizations which rested on IT managers is  gradually moving to the employees because they are the people who use them.

CSOs has been charged to use technology for their meetings and other activities to cut down cost while working efficiently.

“Although Techsoup has tailored less expensive products for nonprofits in Africa, 90 per cent of beneficiaries are international nonprofits because for them technology is very important,” said Anne Musyaki, Senior Programme Manager of TechSoup Africa.

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She however, noted that obtaining funding has become difficult for nonprofits everywhere in the world and it will be prudent for nonprofits in Ghana to have a crowd funding website.

“We would be working with WACSI to design such a platform for nonprofits,” she said of a crowd funding website.

Additionally, with the introduction to Microsoft Azure, nonprofits can have up- to-date access to data both on the field and in the office, data remains intact even when device is missing and the business class email improves communication and saves time.

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