Training: Campaign Accelerator

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Training: Campaign Accelerator

September 28 - October 9

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The Advocacy Accelerator and Mobilisation Lab are offering a virtual Campaign Accelerator training for campaigners and activists based in Africa from 28 September to 9 October. Campaigners working on gender justice in the region or interested in applying a gender justice lens to their work are encouraged to apply. This training will focus on a campaign case study related to gender justice in the context of Covid-19. The training and materials are in English and participants need to be very comfortable working in English.

Campaigners will learn how to apply design thinking, a systems lens, and people-powered approaches to designing a campaign. We are accepting applications until 10 August and we will be communicating decisions by 14 August 2020.

The training will be delivered virtually in 10 four-hour sessions.
Training dates: 28 September – 2 October and 5 – 9 October 2020
Training times: 9.00-13.00 GMT+2

Apply now. We are accepting applications until 10 August and we will be communicating decisions by 14 August 2020.

About the Campaign Accelerator

Who wins lasting change in today’s world? Nimble teams that build creative and transformative advocacy campaigns that engage people in meaningful ways.

That’s why we developed the Campaign Accelerator, a collaborative planning process that blends tried and true strategy tools with the best of design thinking, lean start-up principles, and participatory approaches to problem solving. The result? Greater insight, innovation and alignment, leading to greater campaign success.

Want to learn how to lead your own team through this effective approach to campaign planning? Attend our upcoming virtual training from 28 September to 9 October 2020.

Going virtual

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are delivering this training in a virtual format.

More than converting a training into video, we’re building in principles and methodologies of creative and strategic collaboration that are inherent to our approach – using a mixture of virtual plenary work, online break-out groups and offline individual work. We’re excited to offer this training remotely so that you can keep doing your vital social justice work.

Find out more about the virtual Campaign Accelerator training, directly from past participants:


The training is delivered in 10 half-day sessions, during which participants learn to:

  • Uncover new opportunities to address the root causes of an issue through systems thinking
  • Generate and test creative ideas to inspire and engage key audiences
  • Foster a collaborative team culture that embraces learning and iteration throughout a project cycle
  • Integrate new planning approaches that help established teams navigate increasingly complex environments
  • Design people-centered campaign strategies and actionable campaign plans

This is a dynamic process. We brainstorm and experiment. We use virtual collaboration tools. We interact with our key audiences. We work together across disciplines and expertise, welcoming diverse perspectives.

The curriculum also includes a personalised coaching session with one of our expert trainers. After the training, participants join a peer support network of Campaign Accelerator alumni around the world.

Learn more about the day-by-day curriculum here.

The training really inspired us to rethink how we create change… Day by day I’m seeing differences in the way our teams are working together.

Marina Navarro Mongado

Executive Director, Amnesty International Peru

Registration Fees

Campaign Accelerator trainings use a sliding scale based on organisational budget. We charge a higher rate to well-resourced groups to enable colleagues from less well-resourced organisations to participate.

Large groups

Annual budget greater than US $5 million:      US $3,000


Medium groups

Annual budget of US $ 1-5 million:                      US $2,500


Small groups or independent facilitators

Annual budget less than US $1 million:               US $1,500

We do not want cost to be a barrier to participation, and as such offer a limited number of spots at a subsidised rate. We also offer full scholarships to exceptional candidates who express a need. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] as soon as possible to discuss your situation and what you need to in order to attend.

We practice a pay-it-forward approach; the subsidised spots that we offer are made possible thanks in part to the generous contributions of past participants. If your organisation is well-placed to offer more, your additional contribution to the CA fee will make this training accessible for those who couldn’t otherwise participate.

This process encourages new ideas AND involves pathways to realistically make ideas happen.

Meet Your Trainers

Saida Ali

Saida is an intersectional feminist and an International Policy analyst. As an advocacy strategist she has steered and mentored, delivering indelible results at national, regional and global UN levels. Over time, she has built a wealth of over 20 years of experience working within feminist and women’s organisations and movements and, leading feminist advocacy and capacity building initiatives. She has built and managed partnerships, providing strategic leadership at different levels and shaping the conditions for gender equality, women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocacy.

Since she joined the Accelerator in October 2019, Saida has been leading a multi-faceted, sustained, flexible approach to strengthening advocacy capacity, one that is responsive to the needs of advocates and grounded in their (issue-specific) interests and experiences. A Senior Fellow and Board member at the Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Saida is also an Alumni of the Archbishop Tutu Fellowship at the African Leadership Institute. She has served as a board member of the Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID); co-founded the Young Women’s Leadership Institute (YWLI); worked as Executive Director of the Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW); and worked on international policy at the International Women’s Health Coalition. Saida supports the work of the Zanele Mbeki Development Trust (ZMDT), in mobilising African women across different Eastern African countries to participate in the African Women in Dialogue (AfWID) Platform.

Namrata Chowdhary

Namrata has been working in the international third sector since the early 2000s, campaigning on a wide range of issues in the global north and south. She has worked with Greenpeace, World Animal Protection, and, and founded social change agency Cause Impact. She is an experienced advocacy strategist, trainer, and facilitator.



September 28
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