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ActionAid, IPC Take Advocacy Training Programme To Lagos Communities

sannmi falobi
Posted: Sep 24, 2016 at 4:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



As part of efforts to ensure community driven development at the grassroots, the International Press Centre (IPC) and Actionaid under the project tagged; Strengthening Citizens Engagement in Electoral Process (SCEEP) has taken an advocacy training programme to communities in Surulere area of Lagos state.

The one day advocacy training for community members on engaging with Duty Bearers on community development issues had representatives from Isokan, Aiyetoro and Obele Oniwahala communities in Surulere.

Speaking at the, training Sanmi Falobi, Programme Associate, IPC who is also SCEEP officer explained to the participants in his presentation titled; ‘Practical Tips For Effective Community Driven Advocacy’ steps to doing effective advocacy.

He said community advocacy team must have a common understanding of what their issues are and also be committed that they want those issues to be addressed.

According to him, “keep in mind that the strategy you use to obtain the advocacy goal may not be successful.  It is helpful to think about what you will do if you don’t get what you want the first, second, or even third time around.

“If your plan does not work, you may need to review your strategy, what went wrong and alternative ways to resolve your concern,” he said.

Francis Abayomi, Executive Director, peace and Development Projects in his presentation; ‘Understanding concept principles and practices of advocacy’ stated that getting messages across is crucial in no lesser degree in advocacy and that the process of packaging messages, sending messages across and getting responses from the other party culminates in communication.

He said communication needs to be strategic in order to be effective, stressing that the attitude of the other party to the message is as important as the message itself.

Tunde Aremu, Actionaid’s Policy advocacy and campaign manager explained that the intervention is about strengthening the citizens in electoral processes, adding that it has been observed over the years that people are far removed from governance.

“we feel that one of the best way to actually get people involved in governance and deal with the issue of the challenges we have with developmental issues in communities in locations in the country and also dealing with the issues of accountability and transparency in governance is also about starting right from the process the electoral process,”

According to him, “what we are doing now is also building further capacity on how to do advocacy, how do they do advocacy of their issues, how do they prioritize their issues, how did they reach consensus among themselves, how do they build their own agencies in the community and how invariably engage in the community with the elected representative and make demands and set agenda for them, those are the issues we are dealing with,” he said.