Working with Advocacy Matters

I received an invite to participate in the Save the Children Africa Advocacy (and Communication) Resource Team training held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, October 2 – 10. Fourteen individuals were selected by peers and supervisors to help build the advocacy and communication capacity of Save the Children colleagues across Africa.

The meeting in Tanzania on October 2 was a training of trainers included walking through facilitation techniques and Save the Children’s Advocacy Matters – toolkit for strategic advocacy and communication. This portion of the training took place October 3-6, followed by a hands-on 3-day training (with observation and discussion at the end of each day) with the Tanzania team who had requested support in compiling strategic advocacy and communication sector plans.

My facilitation for both sessions was on branding…understanding it and introducing the branding guidelines of the organization.

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Expectations as an AART member, as discussed with the supervisors of each AART member, the assumption is that each AART member will co-lead training in one’s own country – with another AART member or facilitator.  Additionally the AART member will respond to requests to support other country offices 1-2 times per year. The idea is to help grow a team that builds the capacity internally (nationally) and still has a wider network to draw ideas and share experiences with.

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I have now become part of a larger team implementing the Theory of Change: a voice advocating and campaigning for better practices and policies to fulfill children’s rights and to ensure that children’s voices are heard, particularly those of children most marginalized or living in poverty, an innovator developing and proving evidence-based, replicable breakthrough solutions to problems facing children, achieving results at scale supporting effective implementation of best practices, programs and policies for children, leveraging our knowledge to ensure sustainable impact at scale, and all the while building partnerships by collaborating with children, civil society organizations, communities, governments and the private sector to share knowledge, influencing others and building capacity to ensure children’s rights are met.

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