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Policy Advocacy and Engagement Training Narrative Report - Abuja Nigeria 1 (Feb 2010)

Policy Advocacy and Engagement Training Narrative Report - Abuja Nigeria 1 (Feb 2010)

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WORKSHOP REPORT
FOR

THE POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND ADVOCACY TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ACTORS IN NIGERIA ORGANIZED BY WACSI, OSIWA AND LGI-OSI

Venue:

(DENIS HOTEL, WUSE 2, ABUJA. NIGERIA)
Date:

22ND – 26TH FEBRUARY 2010.
Rapporteur: WACSI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Policy Engagement and Advocacy Training workshop targeted 30 Civil Society Actors in Nigeria. The workshop which was the 2nd in the workshop series (the first was held in Ghana in December 2009) drew 30 civil society actors in N
WORKSHOP REPORT
FOR

THE POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND ADVOCACY TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ACTORS IN NIGERIA ORGANIZED BY WACSI, OSIWA AND LGI-OSI

Venue:

(DENIS HOTEL, WUSE 2, ABUJA. NIGERIA)
Date:

22ND – 26TH FEBRUARY 2010.
Rapporteur: WACSI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Policy Engagement and Advocacy Training workshop targeted 30 Civil Society Actors in Nigeria. The workshop which was the 2nd in the workshop series (the first was held in Ghana in December 2009) drew 30 civil society actors in N

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WORKSHOP REPORT
 
FOR
Venue:
(DENIS HOTEL, WUSE 2, ABUJA. NIGERIA)
 
Date:
 
22
ND
 
 –
26
TH
FEBRUARY 2010. 
THE POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND ADVOCACY TRAINING WORKSHOPFOR CIVIL SOCIETY ACTORS INNIGERIA ORGANIZED BY WACSI,OSIWA AND LGI-OSI
Rapporteur:WACSI
 
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
The Policy Engagement and Advocacy Training workshop targeted 30 Civil Society Actors in Nigeria. Theworkshop which was the 2
nd
in the workshop series (the first was held in Ghana in December 2009)drew 30 civil society actors in Nigeria to brainstorm on best practices to engage relevant stakeholdersin ensuring an effective policy process in Nigeria and beyond.Four trainers and two Resource persons facilitated the 5 day workshop which started from 22
nd
to 26
th
 February 2010 at Denis Hotel, Abuja. Nigeria. Most of the participants were actors within NGOs, CBOs,
FBOs, Women’s groups and Youth networks who are deeply involved in policy advocacy
, analysis, andengagement, and are conversant with the dynamics of West African policy and political environmentand have relevant knowledge or experience in the area of policy/applied or academic research.The programme started on Sunday 21st February 2010 with an informal meeting of the participantswith the trainers and organizers in order to acquaint themselves as well as provide a platform for earlynetworking among participants.The event was flagged off by 8.00am on Monday 22
nd
February 2010 in Ihiala Hall, Denis Hotel with theRegistration of participants and Opening Ceremony.The closing ceremony took place by 3.30pm on Friday 26
th
February, 2010 and attracted partners andpolicy advocates across Nigeria.
BACKGROUND:
The advent of democratic governance in the region has generated high expectations about the role andcapacity of CSOs to strengthen governance and foster democratic deepening. Nigerian Civil societyactors are actively involved in policy processes but interestingly, few of them have relevant knowledgeand expertise in policy engagement. Also, with increased democratization, reductions in conflict, andadvances in information and communication technologies, it is imperative to build the policyinfluencing capacity of CSOs in Nigeria to bridge the identified gaps and prepare civil actors foreffective engagement in policy process across the country and beyond.
WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS AND PARTNERS
As part of its mandate of strengthening policy advocacy initiatives, the West Africa Civil SocietyInstitute (WACSI) in collaboration with the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative of the Open Society Institute (LGI-OSI) and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) organizeda 5-days Training workshop in Policy Engagement and Advocacy in Abuja, Nigeria. The 5 day trainingaimed to develop the capacity of civil society actors in Nigeria and help them to hold their governmentaccountable.
 
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GOAL
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.
OBJECTIVES
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.
TRAINING THEMES
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
OPENING CEREMONY:
 
22
nd
FEBRUARY 2010
The programme started by 8.00am with registration and introduction of participants.The Opening Speech was given by
Ms.
 
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

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