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.
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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.
By Ann Pettifor – 19th June 2011
The BBC Radio 4′s ‘World Tonight’ yesterday devoted the whole of their news programme to the question of global food security, and invited Ann Pettifor to comment throughout. She focussed on Goldman Sachs’s Global Commodity Index – (about which you can read more here in Foreign Policy) not very different from the ‘Collateralised Debt Obligations’ (CDOs) that had been used during the property bubble to ‘slice and dice’ assets, and make them available for speculative purposes.
The programming was in response to a recent statement by President Sarkozy to the World Farmers Union. He was speaking in his role as convenor of the upcoming G20 Summit in Cannes on 3-4 November, 2011, and called for greater regulation of financial markets:
“We must regulate financial markets in agricultural commodity derivatives. I know the causes of agricultural volatility are debated, and various parameters, such as speculation and weather conditions, have an influence. All this can be debated. But I would like to make a proposal: let’s not wait for the experts to agree before we act! Because one thing is for certain: the experts won’t agree. If you wait, nothing will be done, and we cannot afford to do nothing.
The G20 has made commitments to improve the operation of derivative markets, particularly oil derivative markets. I would like to see those commitments extended to agricultural derivative markets. Is there any reason, any argument for us not to apply what we did for oil derivative markets to agricultural commodity derivative markets?”
Ms Pettifor appeared with Waseem Khan of Silk Invest, a financial advisor to Middle Eastern Sovereign Wealth Funds. For more, you can listen on Iplayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011w837.
31st August 2010
The gardeners are squatting low in the heat, planting and greening the pavements and sidewalks of Delhi. They are under pressure to complete, because the Commonwealth Games are imminent. Lots of talk in the papers about delays and corruption, coupled with suppressed glee at the pickle Pakistan cricketers now find themselves in. The talk in Delhi is that the Monsoon has been heavier, and more prolonged than usual, but we are enjoying the dry steamy atmosphere at the Habitat Centre, where the Global Maternal Health Conference is in full swing.
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