On April 20th, the CIPE Civic Engagement Hub organized its seventh regular speaker session on Successful Community Advocacy. This session covered best practices and lessons learned from Ethiopian civil society organizations (CSOs) on engaging in their communities. CIPE invited the three seed-funding recipients from its pitch competition to share best practices for community engagement and the success stories of their projects supported by the CIPE Civic Engagement Hub. The session’s three panelists – Addis Demilew (Amhara Women Federation), Getahun Solomon (Fair Africa Community Development Association Ethiopia), and Mekebib Tadesse (Indigenous Innovation Advocacy Initiative) – discussed their experiences with project implementation and community advocacy.
The program had 20 participants from CSOs, businesses, social enterprises, and the United Nations. The panelists shared strategies for success, as well as challenges and opportunities encountered during project implementation. Participants asked questions and stayed after the event to engage in the networking session organized by the CIPE Civic Engagement Hub. Following the speaker session, participants and speakers had the opportunity to interact and exchange contact information.