Review meeting: Progress check, Nigeria in focus
The Africa We Want Plan Review Meeting in Inhambane, Mozambique yielded many positive outcomes as partners congregated for debates, workshops and focused work sessions. From checking in with partners to passionate discussions on the political hot topics of today, a wide range of activities transpired. Here are a couple of highlights and notes from the meeting.
During the week, media sessions were held to strengthen the communication and visibility component among all partners. And which topic could be more pressing than the Nigerian elections? So together, partners developed a message of encouragement that at the same time serves as a reminder of the commitments layed out in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
"Dear Nigerians, No matter the outcome of today's Election, sheathe your swords & embrace peace. Peace & hope is better than war & violence. We hae experienced senseless bloodshed and destruction of life in the past. Let’s not tread the same path."
A collaborative effort also lead to the production of social media materials, for example this strong, visually oriented message:
As Nigeria still grapples with the aftermath of the elections which were called into question by the presidential runner-up, we believe our message as representatives of strong civil society partners has its small part to play in the larger debate on improving democracy across the African continent.
What is the status of implementation of the ACDEG af the national as well as regional level? To expand on these topics there was a panel debate led by Buba Khan, Advocacy Coordinator and Adviser, Komlan Messie, General Secretary of West African Civil Society Forum - Wacsof/foscao and Lilian Alex, programmes officer of Eacsof Secretariat.
Outcome Harvesting is a method that looks at a concrete outcome or change and traces it all the way back to what was done to bring about the change. Hosted by Stine Skøtt Thomsen of ActionAid Denmark. .