November 29, 2017
A webinar sponsored by the Advocacy Accelerator and The GPSA Knowledge Platform
About the Webinar
Political leaders in the Global South are increasingly committing domestic resources and policy support to improve the health of their citizens. This trend is likely to accelerate in the years ahead. However, those commitments are not always realized or can be uneven in their reach and outcomes. More and more, citizen accountability mechanisms are being used as an advocacy tool to hold governments accountable for their commitments to health.
Join the Advocacy Accelerator* and the GPSA Knowledge Platform for a webinar on Citizen Advocacy for Accountability in Health to hear from experts about the tools and tactics they are using to hold governments accountable.
– Faridah Luyiga, White Ribbon Alliance Uganda (WRA Uganda), will share her experience working on Citizen’s Dialogue in Uganda and a global Citizen’s Dialogue at the World Health Assembly. Citizen’s Hearings have taken place around the world, and are a platform to convene citizens, policy makers, local leaders and service providers to discuss health service delivery and holding leaders accountable for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. This work has been carried out by a coalition of organizations, including World Vision International, Save the Children, International Planned Parenthood Federation and White Ribbon Alliance.
– Besinati Mpepo, World Vision International (WVI), will discuss the Citizen, Voice and Action (CVA), World Vision’s primary approach to community level advocacy. It is a “social accountability” methodology which aims to improve the dialogue between communities and government in order to improve services, such as health care, that impact the daily lives of children and their families.
– Rachel Wilson, Principal, Catalysts for Change, will moderate this webinar.
*The Advocacy Accelerator strengthens advocacy capacity, alignment, and impact by providing online and in-person platforms for advocates and their supporters to share experiences, evidence, and approaches.
About the Speakers
Faridah Luyiga has worked with WRA Uganda since March 2014, when she began as WRA Uganda’s Communications Officer. In 2016, Faridah added to her role within WRA Uganda by becoming the organization’s National Alliance Communication Manager. Prior to her time at White Ribbon Alliance Uganda, Faridah was an independent media consultant where she managed media and public relations for various clients. Faridah also spent time as a journalist with the Daily Monitor newspaper where she served as health editor, the acting editor of Full Woman Magazine and editor of Rainbow Magazine. Faridah has a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree and a Master of Business of Administration from Makerere University, where she also served as Fellow with the MakSPH-CDC HIV/AIDS Fellowship Programme at their School of Public Health. As a fellow, Faridah was hosted by Communication for Development Foundation Uganda where she was the to-go-to person on communication-related matters.
Besinati Mpepo is WVI’s Technical Director for Social Accountability. She oversees the scale out, adaptation and innovation of Citizen Voice and Action (CVA), World Vision’s approach to social accountability – currently implemented in almost 50 countries. Over the past couple of years, Besinati has led World Vision’s engagement on citizen engagement in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, promoting social accountability by, with and for the often left behind – particularly children and young people. Before joining World Vision International, Besinati held a number of policy and programme roles in World Vision UK – including on economic justice, social accountability and maternal and child health. Between 2000 and 2007, Besinati was the first Executive Director of the Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) network in Zambia, responsible for coordinating Zambian civil society input to the country’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy and follow on national development plans.
Rachel A. Wilson, MPH, is Founder and Principal of Catalysts for Change, a consulting firm that provides strategic guidance and support to strengthen country advocacy capacity and impact. Previously, Rachel created and ran the advocacy department at PATH, an international global health nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. Over eight years, she grew the department to a staff of over 30 working to inform global health policy in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States. Prior to joining PATH, Rachel established the policy communications function at the Global Health Council; developed the women’s health policy and advocacy program at the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital; led public health advocacy at the Massachusetts Public Health Association; and coordinated epidemiologic research on women and children’s health at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine. She earned her MPH from Boston University.