The Advocacy Accelerator’s first Advocacy Exchange in Nairobi was a great success! The platform’s Executive Director Wanjiku Kamau welcomed the participants: “We are here because we believe that engaging in public policy advocacy changes lives. We sit together (at the Advocacy Exchange) to critically consider how we do advocacy, how we connect with each other better and how we can be more effective in the work we do.”
The Chief Executive Officer of Amref Health Africa Dr Githinji Gitahi hailed the Advocacy Accelerator as a good platform for advocates to learn from. He challenged the advocates to mobilise efforts to strengthen advocacy at community level.
The day started off with a morning panel which covered a range of advocacy-related issues, among them, how to engage with governments, NGOs, communities and the media; challenges and solutions related to strengthening advocacy capacity. This was followed by two rounds of Advocacy Exchange Round Table discussions. These interactive sessions gave advocates the opportunity to learn from experts and to share their experience about ‘What works and what does not work in advocacy’ around the following topics: fostering accountability, using social media, ensuring truly youth-led advocacy efforts, working with journalists, measuring effectiveness, influencing the budget and strengthening advocacy capacity. They also shared advocacy tools and resources that have made maximum impact in their work. These tools will be added to the searchable online resource library on the Advocacy Accelerator website.