The overarching goal of the workshop was to build the advocacy capacity of participants and deepentheir knowledge and skills in policy engagement/influence and advocacy, and share best strategies andapproaches for required policy influencing in all stages of policy process in West Africa. The trainingalso served as the final phase of the WACSI/OSIWA/LGI-OSI Training of Trainers (ToT) certificationprocess in Policy Advocacy which commenced in December 2009.
The objectives of the policy engagement and advocacy trainings were to:
To enhance CSO knowledge of public policy networks and processes;
To increase CSO understanding of the policy environment in West Africa and potential entrypoints;
To enhance CSOs ability to write and use evidence-based and targeted policy papers;
To build insight into the process of planning an effective policy advocacy campaign; and
To provide the platform for civil society actors across the region to form advocacy networks andbuild alliances.
The training focused on three major themes:
Understanding the context of Policy Advocacy and writing
Structuring and developing a coherent Policy paper
Developing a targeted Advocacy Planning Framework
The programme started by 8.00am with registration and introduction of participants.The Opening Speech was given by
Omolara T. Balogun
the Policy Advocacy officer, WACSI,Ghana who congratulated participants and gave a brief historical background of WACSI and theexecution of her mandate. She also gave a brief background to the conception of the policy advocacyproject and its implementation thus far.
Acting Country Director of OSIWA-Nigeria
Mr. Oladayo Olaide
in his address commended WACSI forthe initiative and for the obvious gender balance demonstrated in the selected number of participantfor the training. He congratulated and enjoined participants to stay active in the training all through.
Mr. Eion Young (LGI-OSI representative and Course Director)
gave an overview of the LGI-OSIprogrammes in Budapest and beyond. He said in his speech that the organization focuses mainly onGovernance Reforms and democracy through decentralization process. It also focuses on effective