Advocacy Campaigns

Advocacy Campaigns
African Monitor is primarily an advocacy organisation. All the other programmes that we implement are to strengthen our evidenced-based approach to advocacy. The overall objective of the advocacy work is to introduce and popularise the  AM policy agenda through engagement with key development stakeholders. There has been significant work done to introduce the ‘Unlocking the African Moment’ policy agenda to a broad range of stakeholders through interacting with policy makers, African and international CSO’s, faith communities, opinion makers, academia and the business community. 
 
Additionally, we have co-hosted policy dialogues with likeminded organisations. Some of the highlights have been as follows:

Engaging African Development Institutions and policy makers:

AM has engaged with a number of African and international development institutions, including NEPAD, AfDB, OECD, and UNECA. The intention of these engagements was to introduce African Monitor’s policy agenda, and explore opportunities for collaboration and policy influence. It is these engagements that resulted in NEPAD’s CEO, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki attending the DSM launch, affirming his support for the ‘grassroots focus approach’ to development. Since then, African Monitor has received a number of invitations to present at NEPAD forums, including the African Finance Minister’s meeting in March this year. Engagements withAfDB resulted in a strong indication of interest from the AfDB. African Monitor has also interacted with UNECA, and has secured space to host a round-table during the ECA Annual Africa Economic Forum. A mission to the African Union in Addis Ababa took place in March this year under the Youth Alliance Initiative.

Engaging with key opinion makers:

African Monitor has also held several meetings with strategically placed opinion makers in the continent with the capability to advance and support this policy agenda.Engaging with key opinion makers: African Monitor has also held several meetings with strategically placed opinion makers in the continent with the capability to advance and support this policy agenda.

Engaging with African and international Civil Society:

AM is continuously engaging with African and international CSO partners in order to introduce the ‘Unlocking Africa’s policy agenda, popularise it, and to explore avenues for partnership. In the end, AM wants to build a community of CSO and grassroots actors who are constantly advocating for grassroots focus in development approaches, policy and practice.

Engaging with the business community:

Current interactions with the business community are at initial exploratory stages, as it is not yet clear what work modalities can be established with the business community to advance the grassroots focus agenda, beyond funding. African Monitor met with BUSA (Business Unity South Africa) and the CEO of the NEPAD Business Trust, to explore how their businessbers could make use of the Grassroots Focus Index (GFI) and its assessment framework.

Engaging with academia:

One of AM’s objectives is to develop and strengthen academic knowledge and research capacity through strong partnerships with academic institutions and centres of excellence. The MDG Final Push Campaign African Monitor has been concerned that the deadline for the attainment of the MDGs is fast approaching with no post MDG agenda in place. Through interactions with various international and continental partners, AM has identified a significant gap in the lack of an African civil society and grassroots voice in the global discussions about a post-2015 global development compact. AM has therefore joined an international network of CSOs called “Beyond 2015”, who are coordinating civil society’s interaction with the United Nations. AM has also activated a series of discussions with key African partners (primarily civil society) to reflect on and strategies about a possible post-MDG campaign. Such engagement will seek to explore how a broader dialogue can be held with multiple stakeholders from the South and from the North and engaging the grassroots to better inform the post-2015 global development agenda.

To bring the faith communities to the post-MDG agenda,  AM has had interaction and discussions on the potential role  that the these communities can play. In November 2011, The African Monitor’s Founder and President, met with leaders of key African faith networks based in South Africa. Faith leaders present at this meeting believed that their communities could best serve this agenda by improving their access to information.

The MDG Final Push Campaign:

African Monitor has been concerned that the deadline for the attainment of the MDGs is fast approaching with no post MDG agenda in place. Through interactions with various international and continental partners, AM has identified a significant gap in the lack of an African civil society and grassroots voice in the global discussions about a post-2015 global development compact. AM has therefore joined an international network of CSOs called “Beyond 2015”, who are coordinating civil society’s interaction with the United Nations.

AM has also activated a series of discussions with key African partners (primarily civil society) to reflect on and strategies about a possible post-MDG campaign. Such engagement will seek to explore how a broader dialogue can be held with multiple stakeholders from the South and from the North and engaging the grassroots to better inform the post-2015  global development agenda. To bring the faith communities to the post-MDG agenda, AM has had interaction and discussions on the potential role that the these communities can play. In November 2011, The African Monitor’s Founder and President, met with leaders of key African faith networks based in South Africa. Faith leaders present 

at this meeting believed that their communities could best serve this agenda by improving their access to information.