The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) with the support of the International
Women’s Programme of the Open Society Institute (IWP
-OSI), organized a four (4) daytraining in Policy Engagement and Advocacy Training Workshop. The workshop wasspecifically designed to respond to the policy influencing and advocacy gaps identifiedamidst
groups and networks in Liberia. Since the commencement of WACSI in2007, the institute has been committed to championing the course of strengthening thegovernance and development of CSAs across West African through regular individualcapacity development and institutional strengthening training programmes.The four day workshop which was held from the 1
of February, 2011 in MonroviaLiberia attracted 20 women from different women groups, networks and organization inLiberia.
The overarching goal of the workshop was to build the advocacy capacity of womengroups and organizations in Liberia, and deepen their knowledge and skills in planningand conducting effective policy engagement, influencing and advocacy. The workshopwas structured around three thematic areas: understanding the context of policyadvocacy and writing; structuring developing a coherent policy paper; and developing atargeted Advocacy Planning Framework.
OBJECTIVES OF THE WORKSHOP
The objectives of the policy engagement and advocacy trainings are to:
To enhance women’s knowledge in public policy networks and processes in Liberia;
To enhance women’s ability to write and use evidence
-based policy papers (andbriefs);
To build women’s insight into the process of planning an effective policy advocacy
To increase women’s understanding of the policy environment in Liberia and
potential entry points;
To provide the platform women to form advocacy networks and build alliances; and
To examine and document the unique policy advocacy experiences andchallenges of women in Liberia.
The workshop employed various active participatory approaches to facilitate adult-learning including:
A learner-centered, interactive environment; Learning by doing;
Pair and small group work to facilitate peer interaction; and