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Advocacy Training

Training to strengthen advocacy skills

Spitfire Advocacy Training:  Following the advocacy strategy design and materials development process, NURHI used the Spitfire approach to train the ACGs in advocacy skills to strengthen their capacity to support project advocacy efforts and strategy implementation. NURHI also trained the  Family Planning Practitioners Network (FPPN) members in advocacy skills to strengthen their capacity to support NURHI advocacy efforts and their own strategy implementation.

Training in Budgeting for Family Planning:  The Futures Institute conducted training for NURHI, state and local government staff in family planning budgeting, using the using the Spectrum FAMPLAN Model. The training gave participants a better understanding of how to budget for family planning and why they need to be involved in the process.  Participants formed a Budget Task Team for each city that assists government Family Planning Coordinators to prepare annual budgets for family planning, advocate to make family planning budgets part of the annual budgetary approval process and to track and report on budget release and expenditures.

Use of NURHI Advocacy Kits: NURHI conducted a one-day orientation in each city for the ACGs on how to use the sites specific advocacy kits and briefs and for advocacy dialogues.

DEMPROJ/RAPID training: The Futures Institute trained NURHI staff on the DEMPROJ/spectrum FAMPLAN model and RAPID tool development. The site-specific ACGs were trained on the population-based models and how to present the RAPID advocacy tool produced for each city.

RAPID validation and presentation training: The Futures Institute trained NURHI and the selected ACG, Budget Task Team and media representatives in the use of the site-specific RAPID tools during dialogue sessions and advocacy meetings with opinion leaders, policy-makers, media owners and editors, and other representatives.

Community FP advocacy training:  The ACGs conducts one-day training sessions for several community leaders.  The focus is on providing correct information about family planning and its benefits during question and answer sessions and teaching group members to discuss family planning with others.