Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)

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Theme:Drawing on existing initiatives to build a vibrant women’s movement advocating for women’s land rights in the new wave of land acquisition in Malawi"

Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) will from 7th – 10th of November, 2016 host a feminist leadership training focusing on the two modules of AMwA’s Africa Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI)curriculum- Organizing Skills and Taking Action, focusing majorly on feminist research and documentation, advocacy and accountability; Strategy Development and Communication for social change; movement building; Understanding social movements, Networks and Partnerships; Resource mobilization; Building Alliances and Networks.

The Institute is aimed at ensuring that women are able to analyze the impact of land acquisitions with a feminist lens and are equipped to adequately influence laws and policies on women’s land rights.

The training entails follow up activity that will support some of the participants to undertake Research and Documentation of women lived experiences to inform policy advocacy, policy influence and movement building.

The institute will bring together 20 feminist/women leaders from Malawi to include AMwA Alumnae and other women activists working on women’s land issues.

Please note that this call for Applications is only open to participants resident in Malawi only.

Kindly complete the application form which can be accessed here and send the following support documents to Ms. Patience Ayebazibwe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   /call +256 414 543 681 for more information.

•A support letter from your organisation committing to support your engagement in the training and post training activities
•A brief CV (not more than 2 pages)
•A one-page motivation statement on why you would like to attend the AWLI and how you will use the experience to contribute to the enhancement of the movement on women’s land rights.
•One passport size photograph
•Information (brochures, leaflets) about your organisation

The deadline for receiving applications is 20th October 2016 Any applications received after this date will not be considered. Only successful participants will be notified  of their selection.

Kindly circulate this call to all your networks.

With support from Amplify for Change, Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) held a two day in-house training on Monitoring and Evaluation from 14th -15th of April, 2016 for her staff. The training is  part of the organization’s strategy to strengthen staff’s capacity to develop and use monitoring and evaluation tools for project implementation as well overall organizational development.

AMwA Staff at the M & E Training in AMwA Board Room, April 2016

The training facilitated by Mr. Patrick Tumusiime (Individual Consultant)was quite intensive given the fact that there were number of topical issues that had to be covered in a very short period of time.

The training which was mostly practical and experienced based entailed sessions on definitions of key M& E terminologies, appreciation of the need for monitoring and evaluation, key M& E questions(Are we doing what we set out to do?, Are we making a difference?, Are we strategically relevant?). The training also entailed discussions on developing log frames, SMART Goals, Outcomes, Outputs, and indicators, effective reporting, communication, financial monitoring and its relevance, and mapping of the barriers of M&E at AMwA.

 

Some of the key learnings from the training included;

  • An output does not depend on time as perceived by many, it may take a long period of time therefore you cannot use time to differentiate an output from an outcome e.g. the passing of the Marriage and Divorce Bill in Uganda would be an output of the women’s struggle for a comprehensive law on marriage that will have taken over 40 years to be realized.
  • Integration of Monitoring and Evaluation is not a technical issue as perceived by many organizations but rather a value based issue as it seeks to address the commitment, impact and strategic relevance of organizations.
  • Organizations need to move away from conducting M&E for donors and other stakeholders and re-orient themselves to focus M&E for the benefit of the organization.
  • All projects need to always have a baseline survey conducted as it’s based on this that you are able to measure your performance indicators. “ Its dirty work to measure a project without a baseline”
  • Integrate Key Performance Indicators and results into staff Job Descriptions and/ or agreements
  • Organizations need to segment their audience and appreciate how to best report to different stakeholders taking into account their audience’s interests and not necessarily their own interest. “One size fits all does not work in knowledge management”
  • Sustainability is not about sustaining the output of a given process but rather the outcome.
    Ms. Patience Ayebazibwe illustrating  a problem during the session on financial Monitoring
    Ms. Patience Ayebazibwe illustrating a problem during the session on financial Monitoring

Overall the 2 day training was a great opportunity for AMwA staff to appreciate the relevance of M&E and reflect on how to best integrate it into the organization especially at such a critical time when AMwA is crafting a new strategic plan 2017-2021.

Ms. Patience Ayebazibwe, Program Officer AMwA
The ICGLR Regional Civil Society Forum convened the second General Assembly from 7th to 9th in Dar es-Salaam Tanzania.The Assembly was aimed at constituting the new leadership of the Forum for the next two years. It was attended by Civil Society Organisation delegation from the 8 countries of Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The meeting also brought together representatives from the development partners, ICGLR secretariat, Levy Mwanawasa Democracy and good Governance Centre, National Coordinators from member states and government representatives from the Republic of Tanzania that hosted the meeting.               

AMwA's member of staff Ms. Patience Ayebazibwe who led the Uganda delegation was elected the Regional Secretary of the Regional Civil Society Forum. AMwA has previously served as a vice chair of cross-cutting issues one of the ICGLR thematic areas a position that AMwA effectively utilized  providing leadership through mobilization, coordination and support for civil society members from all member states of the great lakes region to effectively participate and influence at different foras. This is firmly demonstrated by the the 2011 Special summit of Heads of States and government of the Great Lakes Region on Zero Tolerance on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), whose 80% content is contribution of Civil Society.

AMwA has continued to play a critical role in the Great Lakes region including resource mobilization for CSO work, capacity development  for civil society members from the region especially women to enable them take part in peace negotiation and decision making processes thus ensuring  cohesion of society voice at different spaces. Cognizant of the role AMwA continues to play in the region and achievements the Regional Civil Society registered greatly contributed to the successful election of Uganda (Represented by an AMwA Staff) in a lead position ahead of Kenya.

Responsibilities of the new task of the secretary will include among others, supporting the Regional Civil Society Chair in ensuring smooth functioning of the bureaus and the secretariat.  In addition, she will be an information and reference point for the Regional Civil Society Forum. There is no doubt that AMwA will fully utilize her new position and build on the previous experience to step up the Civil Society engagement in the region.