The two-day workshop for women-led Non Governmental Organizations, NGOs, organized by Coalition of African Women for Peace and Development, COWAP, came to an end on 30th November, 2021, with participants expressing satisfactions with the progranme which started November 29th.
It was gathered that over 500 women-led NGOs applied to be selected for the training but only 50 were privileged to be selected for the workshop which held at the training room 302, Novare Central Mall, Dalaba Street, zone 5, Wuse, Abuja.
The participants were drawn from a few states in Nigeria including Bauchi, Kaduna, Lagos and the FCT.
The master class which has the theme “Building Sustainable Non-Profit Organizations in the Post Covid Era” covered the following topics: Built to Last, a chat with Hamzy, Proposal Writing, Understanding Project Management, How to Effectively Run Advocacy Campaign, Understanding SCUML Growth Marketing Using Social Media and Digital Marketing Tools, Attaining UN status.
Day-1 of the workshop featured lectures from; Mrs. Efua Elense-Edeh who spoke intensively on how to effectively run an advocacy campaign, Mr. Erinomo Temitope who took on Understanding SCUML, Mr. Fife Banks who spoke on Understanding Project Management, as well as a chat with Hamzy, one of the youths leading change and activism in Nigeria, especially through his organization’s initiative Follow the Money.
During a chat with the Executive Director of Engage Empower Educate Initiative and Founder COWAP, Mr. Belema Meshack-Hart, Hamzy shared how he started and the things that kept him going. According to him, he started without an office, and using Mr Biggs as a meeting place with his friends who have the same vision as him. He mentioned that when he got his first grant he was accountable and that made the grantor give him more grants and he was able to have an office and a structure. He said that today Follow the Money is in all the states in Nigeria and 10 other African Countries, making it the largest grassroot mobilizer in Africa.
The Day-2 of the master class featured lectures on existential topics for NGOs delivered by; Mr. Daniel Oratokhai who spoke exhaustively on Growth Marketing Using Social Media and Digital Marketing Tools, Mrs. Lucy James Abagi who spoke on Proposal Writing, and Mr. Adekola Ajibola who took on Attaining UN status/Fundraising.
Mrs. Abagi started her session with a video of a mother and son who missed out on a grant because of lack of teamwork. She mentioned that it is very important that one is very intentional about proposal writing and is result oriented.
In her words, “Think of Money as you think about grants. Writing grant needs a team of people putting their heads together."
At the end of the event, participants received certificates of participation. A group of the women-led NGOs formed what is known as the Abuja Food Bank which will kick start on the 18th of December and will be a continuous process.
posted by TM