More than 100 participants including 50 graduates of the SI4DEV Partners Training Program benefited from a series of workshops, panel sessions, networking and mentoring at the just concluded Community-Led Development Summit hosted by SI4DEV, Spring Development Initiative, and Clean Tech Foundation.
The summit aimed at helping to address the most pressing challenges in community-led development and offered an important opportunity to strengthen the capacity of participants in a way that ensures an evidence-based approach to implementing community-driven development projects.
Under the theme, Achieving Community-Led Development through Community-Driven Development Projects, the national summit aims to bridge this gap and empower participants with best practices in development. It brought together aspiring leaders in politics and business, students, government officials and policy makers, healthcare providers, educators, staff of public agencies or private corporations, as well as self-employed owners of social enterprises, civil society and faith based organizations from 16 states of Nigeria, the FCT and the United States.
The agenda included workshops, panel sessions, one-on-one clinics, mentoring tables and networking, all geared towards sharing the latest in community-led development, plus governance and accountability strategies for project implementation. Some of the hot topics were structured around sustainable Development Goals, Story-telling, grant writing and donor engagement, etc.
The SI4DEV Partners Training Program also graduated the 2018 class of partners, ambassadors and fellows at the event. The 6 months online fellowship program aims to create thriving and resilient communities, with focus on health, education, governance and enterprise. Using an ‘a la carte’ training model caters to the different capacity levels and learning styles of participants, it delivers experience and skills in core areas like team work, needs assessment, action planning, project management, evaluation, and sustainability.
SI4DEV Partners from various states also got to showcase their location group’s ‘learn-by-doing’ projects and micro-projects including advocacy campaigns, vocational training, voter education, handwashing promotions, up-skilling civil society groups and humanitarian outreach.
The event was the first of the kind in Nigeria and took place in Abuja from November 15th to 17th 2018.