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Yiaga Africa launches community organizing training for young civic leaders

  • Yiaga Africa on Monday, May 9, started community organizing training for young civic leaders in West Africa
  • The curriculum was adopted from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Leadership, Organizing, and Doing Curriculum
  • The initiative had around 40 participants across the sub-region and is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy

FCT, Abuja – Cynthia Mbamalu, Director of Programs of Yiaga Africa, said on Monday May 9 that one of the major problems in developing countries like Nigeria is leadership.

Mbamalu made the comment during his welcome address at a community organizing training for young West African civic actors and leaders held in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Mbamalu addressing participants in the community organization training. Photo credit: @YIAGA
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She also said that Yiaga Africa started the program because she believes in change through organized effort.

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“One of the major problems for many developing countries is leadership. If we get the right leadership in Nigeria, we will have solved 80% of the problem.

“A leader must often reflect on himself, who he is, his values. This is why we make sure that reflection occupies an important place in the institute of community organization.

“We believe that if we want to bring about positive change, we must work together and be guided by certain common values ​​and principles.

“For us, we have a youth bias because we started when we were very young and beyond believing that young people are the future of tomorrow, we believe that we are the leaders of today and that you can only build tomorrow, today.

“That’s why the community organizing program is very important to our work and it’s very central to the work that we’re going to do.”

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The four-day program is expected to equip participants with the required community organizing, political organizing and advocacy skills needed to engage government at different levels, especially to influence reforms and increase youth participation. as candidates in political parties.

On the first day of the program, resource persons include Jaye Gaskia, an activist and development sector professional with over two and a half decades of experience, and Dr EE Okorodudu, Chief, Democracy and Good Governance, ECOWAS.

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Meanwhile, the Gina Unimke and Trisha Shine Foundation has launched a massive plan ahead of the 2023 general election.

In its unveiling statement released on Thursday, May 5 in Abuja, the foundation stressed the importance of participatory democracy and a credible ballot by 2023.

The statement signed by its media coordinator, Mr. Akuma Ukpo, said that 2023 was critical for the future of the country and that all stakeholders must commit to securing the future of the country.

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For its part, FactCheck Initiative (FCI) has created a team for a cause that will involve partnering with the government and other agencies to bring about free, fair and peaceful elections in Nigeria, free from all forms of violence in 2023.

The main objective of this cause will be to identify, investigate and respond to the impact caused by any misleading information ahead of the upcoming 2023 general elections in Nigeria.

Adeoye Temitope, National Director of FactCheck Initiative, says stopping fake news and misinformation is the inspiration behind the project.