MISA Zambia, in partnership with USAID, FHI 360 and Internews conducted a two days Advocacy capacity building in Ndola aimed at equipping Human Rights Defenders, bloggers and media associations to propel impactful advocacy in the interest of democracy strengthening in Zambia.
The capacity building training which was held from 8 – 10 February 2023, attracted an audience from Civil Society Organizations-CSOs, Human Rights Defenders, social media and media practitioners.
The objectives of the training include strengthening and promoting viable independent media, promotion of digital literature and cyber secure users and inclusive online spaces of engagement.
The training saw participants drawn from youth organizations, media houses and governance non-profit organizations.
Among the topics discussed in the workshop included basics in advocacy, types of approaches in advocacy, strategy and tactics selection in advocacy and developing core messages. The workshop used highly interactive methodologies to ensure participants’ ability to retain the knowledge but also to feel part of the workshop. Some of the methods included group work, café rounds and plenaries.
FHI 360, Internews and local partners MISA Zambia, PANOS and Bloggers of Zambia (the Team) are implementing the USAID Open Spaces Zambia (OSZ) funded activity, to strengthen the democratic foundations of freedom of speech and assembly, build independent and new media and safeguard space for activists, Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and oppositional voices to protect the democratic space in Zambia.