Empowering Advocates for Change: CRPD Celebrates Graduation of Second Cohort from CSO Advocacy Training Program


The Center for Research and Policy Development (CRPD) proudly commemorates a significant milestone as the second cohort of advocates successfully graduated from its prestigious CSO Advocacy Training (CSAT) Program. With this graduation, CRPD has now trained a total of 45 passionate advocates in advocacy skills since the program’s inception in 2022.

CRPD, an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization, is committed to promoting inclusive democratic governance in The Gambia through research, advocacy, learning, and capacity building initiatives. The CSO Advocacy Training Program, conducted in collaboration with Freedom House and the Promoting Rights and Justice Program (PRJ), with support from USAID, represents a crucial step in empowering advocates to create a positive impact in their communities.

The training program’s second cohort witnessed the graduation of 25 enthusiastic advocates, comprising 7 women and 18 men. The success of this cohort builds upon the achievements of the first cohort, which also graduated 25 dedicated advocates. With a combined total of 50 trained advocates, CRPD is reinforcing its commitment to nurturing change-makers for a better Gambia.

In line with its vision to support the transformation of The Gambia into a democratically governed and economically prosperous community, CRPD’s CSO Advocacy Training Program focuses on decentralization and inclusivity. The training ensures that advocates from various backgrounds and geographic locations, including 6 urban and 19 rural participants, have equal opportunities to engage in capacity building for social change.

Throughout the comprehensive training, the advocates honed essential skills, empowering them to:

  • Identify crucial issues and craft personalized advocacy strategies to effect tangible change in their respective communities.
  • Excel in social mobilization, engaging all stakeholders to foster comprehensive and inclusive advocacy efforts.
  • Develop effective communications strategies to disseminate their messages accurately, reaching the right audiences and driving desired change.
  • Embrace gender perspectives and integrate gender mainstreaming into their advocacy endeavors, promoting equality and inclusivity.

“We are immensely proud of the dedication and passion displayed by our graduates,” said Sait Matty Jaw, Co-Founder and Executive Director of CRPD. “With 50 advocates now equipped with essential advocacy skills, we are confident that they will contribute significantly to The Gambia’s development and nation-building.”

As CRPD celebrates this milestone, it extends its gratitude to all partners, volunteers, and the dedicated team for their relentless support in making the CSO Advocacy Training Program a resounding success. Together, we are strengthening democracy and empowering advocates for positive change.

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