The workshop was a first step in preparing ADRA-Malawi for a series of community advocacy campaigns.
Background to the Assignment
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Malawi implements a series of community and rural development initiatives in some selected parts of Malawi. The initiatives are primarily focusing on education, health, agriculture, human rights, environment and HIV/AIDs. The main goal of ADRA-Malawi’s interventions is that people living in poverty are empowered to participate and contribute to realize their rights to sustainable development. ADRA-Malawi is specifically implementing its initiatives through the following anticipated key change areas:
- Community structures that permit community members to communicate their needs, concerns and rights are in place
- Community members have the knowledge and skills to claim and realize their rights and utilize livelihood opportunities
- Communities have access to markets that enable them to sell their products and purchase of necessity for their livelihood
In understanding that the success of ADRA-Malawi’s engagement set goal, coupled with the areas of change realization greatly depends on the facilitating team’s capacity in policy engagement and advocacy, ADRA-Malawi engaged Mwen & Associates to train its staff involved in any forms of policy and advocacy work.
Rationale for the Workshop
As indicated in the above sections regarding the critical need for ADRA-Malawi’s agenda for community development and civic engagement, the workshop stood as the first step in preparing ADRA-Malawi for a series of community advocacy campaigns to follow in the near future. Suffice to note that advocacy networks were already being established at different levels hence the equipped ADRA-Malawi staff in policy and advocacy suggested to help in the realization of the set goal and outlined areas for change.
The delivered modules were designed to contribute towards the development of a broad based loose movement of community agents of change which would later create a critical core of credible advocates for the development of pro-poor policies in ADRA-Malawi’s zones of influence. This is therefore in line with the deep understanding of ADRA-Malawi that there are few institutions within the selected communities that have high-level public policy analytical skills hence the engagement of Mwen & Associates to impart these skills in ADRA-Malawi Staff involved in advocacy campaigns. Consequently, the trained ADRA-Malawi Staff was going to add value to the broader ADRA Programme called Action for Social Change (ASC) as ADRA-Malawi is an integral part of this regional Programme.
The modules delivered at the training workshop were as follows:
Module 1: Overview of Policy Research and Analysis
Module 2: Introduction to Advocacy
Module 3: The Role of Advocacy in Social Transformation
Module 4: Lobbying
Module 5: Message Development in Advocacy
Module 6: Alliances, Coalitions and Networking for Policy Advocacy
Module 7: Stakeholder Analysis in Advocacy
Module 8: Advocacy Styles
Module 9: Stakeholder Analysis in Advocacy
Module 8: Pitfalls & Risks in Advocacy
Module 9: Monitoring & Evaluation in Advocacy
The trainings were conducted in June 2016 at Chikho Hotel, Kasungu District