Catalyzing youth activism in marginalized areas and enhancing civil society organizations' (CSO) capacity to advocate for local and national issues were major focus areas of USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in Lebanon over the past 3 years. From that experience, the Lebanon Advocacy Index and Toolkit were developed by OTI to inform programming and target resources for improved outcomes. Funded by USAID’s Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL) as part of the Learning Improvement Projects, OTI shared field experience from their advocacy initiatives in Lebanon and how lessons learned have been captured in the online Advocacy Resource Center as well as a self-paced Art of Advocacy training.
In this webinar, co-sponsored by PPL, the OTI Lebanon team introduced the key resources developed and how they were utilized in Lebanon, in addition to offering a look into the Advocacy Center and the self-paced Art of Advocacy training. This presentation was followed by a panel discussion about how these tools can be useful to the Agency’s programming and work on the ground. A speaker from the World Youth Alliance in the Middle East and North Africa also shared how they are using advocacy and capacity building tools to develop CSOs' public policy skills.
What is a Learning Improvement Project?
The objective of the Learning Improvement Projects is to catalyze Agency learning by sharing lessons learned from innovative pilot projects with the hope that promising approaches can be replicated and scaled up by others for greater impact. Each project must address all components of the learning cycle (create, organize, share, and use) as a way to ensure that the learning generated will not remain with a few individuals but effectively shared out to and utilized by a broader audience. The USAID-funded Knowledge-Driven Microenterprise Development (KDMD) project will provide customized support to all projects.