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Kenya shares advocacy skills with South Sudan NPP

14
JUL
2011

The workshop was facilitated by Lucy Simiyu, the NPP Kenya Coordinator (c) KANCO

A learning exchange workshop was recently facilitated by representatives of the Kenyan National Partnership Platform (NPP) in South Sudan. It involved 25 participants from civil society organizations in South Sudan.

These included organisations working with people living with HIV, youth, street children, and volunteer counsellors in HIV and orphans and vulnerable children. This was the first experience sharing NPP workshop to take place in South Sudan.

National Partnership Platforms are national alliances of civil society organisations, which come together to share information, ideas and strategies as a way to more effectively respond to HIV, TB and broader health issues.

In many cases civil society lacks the tools to engage meaningfully with policy-makers. The NPP initiative sets out to address this issue by creating a space at the national level for genuine collaboration of civil society organisations and constructive dialogue between civil society and government bodies. These platforms also serve as hubs for unified advocacy activities and campaigns.

The training is a great example of the regional knowledge sharing and skills building which the Alliance supports.

The workshop focused on creating further understanding on the NPP framework, developing a common advocacy agenda, resource mobilization as well as monitoring and evaluation in policy and advocacy.

The participants got the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on the NPP model and its relevance in the African context. They also got to learn and share experiences from across countries and also strengthen partnerships among civil society organizations in South Sudan.

The workshop was facilitated by Lucy Simiyu, the NPP Kenya Coordinator and took place from 29 June to 1 July 2011. Ms. Simiyu discussed the challenges facing civil society organizations as participants took part in interactive discussions on possible solutions.

The participants actively contributed in developing a sustainable strategy for NPP South Sudan with their experience and knowledge of the NPP programme and ideas on strengthening regional learning experiences.

Putting skills into practice

Following the workshop the NPP mechanism was immediately put into action with a press conference which called on the Government of South Sudan to urgently respond to the needs of people living with HIV.

The response should include the provision of a comprehensive Anti-Retroviral Therapy program. This is especially urgent because the support of the Global Fund in the provision of ARVs comes to an end in December 2011.

Partners noted that with the end of the funding, the lives of people living with HIV are at risk, especially those who live in isolated rural areas, for whom accessibility and affordability of ARVs will be a huge struggle.

Learn more about the Alliance’s work in Kenya and South Sudan.

    The training is a great example of regional knowledge sharing and skills building