How Engagement with SABI has Strengthened the Advocacy Capacity and Autonomy of DADA SL

SABI taught DADA-SL to focus on emphasizing broader inclusion in the advocacy process i.e. recognizing that all citizens, regardless of sex, age, class, ability status etc. should be informed, consulted and involved in the programme to create improved accountability of services to all.

DADA-SL put this into practice by bringing together National State Actors, Civil Society Organisations, District and City councils together, to advocate for revenue mobilization in Makeni, and support the mobilization of domestic revenue. This led to the signing and execution of an MOUs between DADA-SL, CSOs and Council.

Today, strengthening the delivery of the Local Government Act through supporting community accountability networks and citizen feedback platforms, and establishing new ones where needed is a core aspect of DADA-SL intervention. DADA-SL now work to create platforms and space for communities, service providers and local officials to identify concerns based on evidence gathered and work together to tackle key issues.

Other attributes demonstrating DADA-SL’s improved capacity on advocacy includes;

  • For effective advocacy and engagement on service delivery around health, education and social protection, SABI has taught us how to generate evidence (credible and verifiable data), which will serve as proof to support all advocacy asks in DADA-SL, to improve health, education and social protection services in Sierra Leone,

 

  • Learning from how SABI has improved accountability and built relationship between citizens and the state, DADA-SL has developed efficient partnerships approach with various duty bearers, citizens and CSOs, including the private sector.

 

  • DADA -SL now understands how to use the COM-B innovative approach to identify problems and develop the right intervention to address the problems, hence triggering behavior change.

 

  • Boost effective in media engagement by using the SABI media tracking tool.

 

  • Raising the awareness of citizens and duty bearers on the benefits attached to local revenue mobilisation, helps to cushon tensions and misunderstandings against duty bearers on the utilisation of public funds raised from local revenues.