In this section, we feature a member of the Advocacy Accelerator Community by profiling the work which they fulfill in their community and how they connected with us.

Hussein Wolle Ahmed is the Executive Director of Empowerment for Development, a Civil Society Organisation which works through community centred development interventions.

Hussein is committed to upholding justice and dignity for vulnerable populations. To protect the rights of women, children, immigrants, victims of trafficking, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in Ethiopia. Hussein’s organisation relies on concrete actionable plans. Yet, he and his organisation are adaptable and resilient, unafraid to modify plans to meet new needs or changed circumstances.

Hussein told the Accelerator that he had been looking for a programme that could help strengthen his organisation’s advocacy capacity. He was keen to be exposed to emerging insights on how to access donors, especially given the funding constraints placed on CSOs in the COVID-19 era. When he saw read about the Resource Mobilisation Programme and learned that it would cover topics such as developing winning funding proposals, creating resource mobilization strategies and, securing sustainable income channels, Hussein quickly signed up.

He shared that the programme gave him a broader and deeper understanding of the types of donors in the advocacy ecosystem and how to appropriately approach and build relationships with them. He was pleasantly surprised by the interactive nature of the webinar sessions, coupled with the teaching styles of the programme facilitators. In his view, this engaging combination ensured that the content covered during the webinar sessions proved especially helpful in furthering his understanding of the issues. Hussein was excited that the discussions were relevant and practical, contributing to his ability to incorporate and implement what he learnt into his professional practice.

You can follow Empowerment for Development on Facebook to engage with them on their community activities.