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Ai clients include governments, international and European organisations, companies, NGOs, local authorities and trade unions.
Advocacy International (Ai) has played a leading role in developing the public-facing side of a programme to save the lives of African mothers and babies – the Evidence for Action (E4A) project. We have been responsible for the development of an advocacy, communications and digital strategy; and the launch of a public engagement campaign: MamaYe!
Today 18th February, 2013 the public engagement strategy is enhanced with the launch of six websites, one for each of the countries, and one a ‘parent site’. The websites highlight news, evidence, and events organized by African-led teams in the six countries.
The programme aims to improve maternal and newborn survival in six countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Tanzania.) It is led in-country by teams of African experts, and supported by an international consortium of experts based at UCL, University of Southampton, University of Aberdeen, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The programme is funded by DFID, and led by Louise Hulton of Options – the sexual and reproductive health consultancy.
Advocacy International is proud to have helped produce a new website for the African Union’s Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA).
The website promotes maternal and newborn survival, and provides evidence on progress in achieving the targets African leaders have set.
Ai worked closely with a team headed by Commissioner Gawanas and Dr. Ademola at the AU’s Department for Social Affairs. Our work was part of the UKAID’s Evidence for Action project, which also aims to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in six countries in Africa. Ai is part of a consortium including the White Ribbon Alliance and experts in Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) from UCL, University of Southampton, University of Aberdeen, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The consortium is led by Options, a London health consultancy firm.
Mrs. Gawanas has just finished her term as Commissioner for Social Affairs at the AU and is succeeded by Dr. Kaloko, whose statement at the launch can be found here.
Kerry Jang, Vancouver deputy mayor, receives the Guangzhou Award
By Jeremy Smith
Last Friday (16th November), the City of Guangzhou and its mayor, Mr Chen Jianhua, hosted the first edition of the Guangzhou Award for Urban Innovation to five very different cities around the world, facing very different challenges. The ceremony – which also included a colourful cultural display by leading Chinese dancers, acrobats and singers – took place in the Opera House designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.
Guangzhou (population 16 million, once known as Canton) is one of China’s top five cities, in the increasingly prosperous southern province of Guangdong. The city’s GDP has increased at a rate of around 13% per year over the last 6 years. Guangzhou is now focusing much more on ‘next generation’ industries, and lays much greater emphasis on environmental sustainability and on green energy use. In short, it wants to be recognized as a leading and progressive world city.
I was delighted to have been invited by Guangzhou to help as a member of the Technical Committee which evaluated some 250 initiatives from 150 cities in 56 countries. We had met in October to winnow the submissions down first to a longlist of 45, then a shortlist of 15 really exciting and stimulating entries. An international jury of five academic experts made the final decisions. On this second visit I was also asked to chair a presentation session by ‘candidate’ cities on urban governance and administration.
Jeremy Smith (centre) with Chen Jianhua (left), the Mayor of Guangzhou and Wan Qingliang (right), Party Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Guangzhou Committee. (Photo Source: newsgd.com)
Ai Director Jeremy Smith was invited by the Mayor of the city of Guangzhou, China, Mr. Chen Jianhua, to serve on a technical committee that shortlisted cities excelling in urban innovation. He attended the appointing ceremony in Guangzhou, China on October 15, 2012. He serves on the Technical Committee of the Award for Urban Innovation (“Guangzhou Award”) as one of eight experts from four countries, who evaluated 153 cities from 56 countries and regions of the world.
The Technical Committee then shortlisted 15 candidate cities and 30 expert-recommended cities from the 153 cities. A review committee will choose 5 winners from the list. Mr Smith will return to Guangzhou for the Gala award evening November 16, 2012.
Ai’s Creative Director Maz Kessler has just launched Catapult, a crowdfunding website for girls. Maz designed and developed Catapult as a way to help address the huge global problem of gender inequality. As part of the launch, she penned this article introducing the project and its potential impact:
Ai is delighted to be working with the Department of Social Affairs at the African Union on a DFID-funded project to help refresh the website and revitalise the Campaign for the Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). The new website is due to be launched at the end of October 2012. Watch this space.
Advocacy International is proud to be associated with the launch of a DFID-funded project, Evidence for Action, whose purpose is to use evidence and advocacy to engage the African public in the survival of mothers and newborns in six countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.
We have worked closely with an excellent African creative agency in Nairobi, ARK, to develop the identity and other brand elements of the campaign. We are currently working closely with teams of African experts in obstetrics, communications, and advocacy based in the six countries. Six websites will be built for each country in preparation for the launch of the campaign early in 2013.
The consortium is led by Options, the sexual and reproductive health consultancy, and will work closely with African partners to deliver better maternal and neonatal health services and outcomes by using evidence more effectively to generate political commitment; strengthen accountability and improve planning and decision-making at all levels.
Ai’s visit to Ethiopia and Sierra Leone was part of a scoping exercise, to assess the maternal and newborn health landscapes in those countries.
I have just returned from three stretching days’ work in a workshop and conference in Cologne (28th November to 1st December) with 15 Palestinian and 15 Israeli Mayors, where I moderated the discussions (using every technique known to me from the meeting-management handbook!) to negotiate agreement on practical steps for cooperation between them. Okay, it was not exactly negotiating the Oslo Peace Accords, but at times we felt pretty close to how the diplomats must have felt at the time!
At several points, our work seemed doomed to end without agreement – but finally, we managed to draw up a set of future projects to work on together, covering promotion of tourism to the West Bank (aiming to increase not just numbers, but the amount spent in the West Bank by tourists), environmental issues, water purification, exchange visits (political, business, young people etc.), as well as a mayors’ network to promote practical cooperation. Continue reading… ›
All of the team at Ai are deeply saddened to hear of the death of friend, colleague and great leader Wangari Maathai.
Ann Pettifor especially remembered the privilege of working closely with Wangari on the Jubilee 2000 campaign. Earlier today she said:
“Wangaari stands shoulder to shoulder with Nelson Mandela and Julius Nyerere as one of Africa’s – and the world’s – wisest and most effective leaders.
“I was privileged to know her as a friend; and as a colleague. But above all I was privileged to work closely with her during the Jubilee 2000 campaign. Not only was she Jubilee 2000′s representative in Kenya, but she helped lead the Jubilee 2000 Africa campaign
“May she rest in peace; and may her leadership of that and many other campaigns to protect Africa’s environment, grow in the world’s memory; just as the many trees she planted and helped propagate across Kenya – continue to grow and thrive.
The finest memorial a world leader could leave as a legacy.”