At Women Thrive Worldwide, we believe by partnering with and championing local women leaders, we are able to achieve transformational and sustainable change for women and girls around the world that lasts long after our partnerships end. This is why we partnered with organizations like the Development Action Association (DAA) in Ghana and Coalition Burkinabe des Droits des Femmes (CBDF) in Burkina Faso.
Through these partnerships, Women Thrive provided intensive advocacy training, just-in-time information on relevant changes in D.C., and strategic guidance to help our local partners refine their advocacy messages, identify targets, and strategize to make appropriate “asks” of policymakers. We also worked with CBDF and DAA to raise the voices of African rural women to key platforms and audiences, including Members of Congress, the Millennium Challenge Account coordinating body in Burkina Faso (MCA-BF), Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
As a result, these local organizations, CBDF and DAA, have demonstrated increased awareness of, influence over, and collaboration with U.S government-funded programs and their countries’ policy processes. Additionally, CBDF and DAA have established themselves as local experts on gender, and women are increasingly represented in important programming decisions that will impact their lives.
Madame Maryam Sirima, coordinator of CBDF, agrees: “This partnership between CBDF and Women Thrive Worldwide will be very useful to my country and the women of Burkina Faso. This is something that is going to help build our advocacy activities and help us promote our fight on gender issues as far as the Compact [agreement with Millennium Challenge Corpoation designating $480.9 million for reducing poverty and spurring economic growth] is concerned. The Compact should not exclude women, so this will help CBDF to get stronger so that we can help get women out of poverty. “
A recent external evaluation of Women Thrive’s partnerships with CBDF and DAA confirmed the importance and impact of our work. The report found that with the help of Women Thrive, CBDF and DAA have achieved “significant success in influencing policy change among the institutions, national and U.S., that were the object of their advocacy efforts” and that these changes “meant greater opportunities for women.”
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