USAID Holds Policy Brief Development Workshop for Clusters

In a bid to strengthen capacities of Civil Society Organizations under its Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement, SCALE, USAID recently held a workshop for clusters under the project, themed, “Policy Brief Development Workshop”.

The workshop which held at Rockview Classic Hotel, Wuse 2, Abuja, had CSO’s working under the project across the country, present.

The workshop was targeted at improving the knowledge and capacities of CSOs in drafting impactful policy briefs, advocacy and political economic analysis.

Participants were guided through various advocacy types, from individual and self-advocacy to systemic approaches, underscoring the importance of tailored strategies and stakeholder engagement. They also learned how to structure policy briefs effectively, emphasizing clarity, brevity, and targeted messaging. Practical tips were shared, from crafting compelling titles to linking recommendations with evidence.

During the political economic analysis session, participants were exposed to systematic framework for addressing policy issues, stakeholder analysis and mapping, as crucial steps in understanding power dynamics and how to foster effective engagement.

Other aspects covered during the workshop were stakeholders’ engagement and coalition building. Highlight of the workshop was the practical sessions on drafting policy briefs and presentations by different clusters.

Nigeria SCALE is a five-year USAID funded project implemented by Palladium in collaboration with indigenous partners with the goal of improving public accountability, transparency, and sustainable service delivery in Nigeria. Its objective is to strengthen the financial, management, and advocacy capacity of local civil society organizations to create a more accountable, transparent, peaceful, and democratic Nigeria with more effective and efficient public service delivery.