Advocacy Capacity Strengthening in Francophone West and Central Africa: The Needs, Trends and Action.

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Advocacy Capacity Strengthening in Francophone West and Central Africa: The Needs, Trends and Action.

June 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Date: 2nd June 2021
Time: 13:00hrs – 14:30hrs EAT (Nairobi, Kenya),
            11:00hrs – 12:30hrs West Africa Time,
            12:00hrs – 13:30hrs Central African Time

Our first dialogue explored the State of Advocacy in Francophone West & Central Africa, focusing on Current  Challenges and Opportunities. One of the challenges highlighted was the lack of adequate advocacy capacity strengthening opportunities. In the region, advocacy capacity strengthening interventions are limited and often driven by donor priorities and funding that is short-term and project-based.

Most advocacy individuals, networks and organisations do not have opportunities and means to establish long-term priorities in advocacy. They also do not share ideas and tools due to fear of losing the privilege of donor support and future funding, further limiting the advancement and growth of a vibrant local issue driven advocacy community.

Advocacy capacity strengthening is an often-overlooked aspect of the advocacy ecosystem. Support to improve the quality of advocacy and, therefore, greater impact and resilience of the advocacy sector is a critical component to be looked into. There is a need for advocacy capacity strengthening that focuses on country-driven advocacy priorities determined by local advocates.

Our second webinar titled “Advocacy Capacity Strengthening in FWCA: The Needs, Trends and Action.” will explore capacity building issues in the region.
We are looking to understand the following issues:
• How does Advocacy Capacity Strengthening take place in FWCA?
• How do advocacy organisations, networks and individuals get advocacy technical
• Advocacy Capacity Strengthening; What is available? Is it responsive, diverse, readily
available, and is the support African?


Ms Yaye Sophiétou Diop is currently Advocacy Manager at Speak Up Africa. Specialised in advocacy and project management, Sophiétou ensures cohesion within the program team and provides linkages between all areas. Her work focuses primarily on formative research, strategy development, training, and coaching in the implementation of communication and advocacy activities.

Passionate about research, Sophiétou has worked on various
thematic areas, including health, agriculture, equity, gender and





Ms Regina Baiden is currently the Regional Advocacy Coordinator for West Africa at CARE International, coordinating regional advocacy to reduce poverty and achieve social justice. She has over six years of experience in the development sector. She has previously worked with organisations such as the West Africa Civil Society Institute, Institute of Economic Affairs Ghana, and International Rescue Committee.

Her professional experience covers thematic issues such as women’s rights and leadership, education, civic space, policy advocacy, networking and civil society sustainability. Regina holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Development and a Master’s degree in Communications.





Mr. Célestin Compaore is currently as the Regional Director of the of the project ‘Accelerating Access to ARVs-CS project in Ouagadougou Partnership countries’ at Jhphieo. The project aims to increase women and girls’ access to various contraceptive methods in West and Central Africa. He has more than ten years of experience in advocacy, social mobilisation for sexual and reproductive health, adolescents, youth and women in West and Central Africa.

Before joining Jhpiego, Celestin worked as Executive Director of SOS/Youth and Challenges (SOS/JD), consultant for IPAS, Senior Regional Program Manager at Pathfinder working on advocacy for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and domestication of the Maputo Protocol.






Mr Mody Ndiaye is currently the Director of Programs of the NGO
RAES, a Senegalese NGO that invests in social communication for
development in West and Central Africa through a horizontal partnership
A teacher/trainer with a degree in Education Sciences and organisational
management, he joined the world of international development through
the NGO of scouting obedience, YOUTH AND DEVELOPMENT.
Through the RAES, Mr NDIAYE wants to help capitalise on “How the
resources of Edutainment, put at the service of advocacy, can help
achieve the expected changes and transformations.