SABI Conducts a Communications Learning Event

SABI Comms Learning Event

As a programme, SABI generally shares lessons with partners and other accountability programmes on what does and does not work well in strengthening citizen–state relationships to improve service delivery. As we approach the end of the  implementation phase of the  programme, our focus (among other things) turns to  transferring skills and knowledge to partners and NGOs, on what works in terms of communications, with various categories of audiences.

On Thursday, 27th February 2020, SABI conducted a Communications Learning Event with partners and NGOs at St. Anthony Parish Hall, Syke Street, Brookfields, Freetown, to transfer knowledge on data visualization, and how the programme developed and executed an adaptive communications strategy to capture and disseminate evidence of change and learning from across the programme.

At the learning event, a market stall was set up where SABI communications materials and learning products were displayed and participants were encouraged to take along some resources as reference materials.

The event transferred knowledge on how SABI effectively uses strategic, planned and effective communications to improve voice and accountability for effective service delivery in Sierra Leone. Participants also learnt about the buildup of SABI contents and communications resources, based on GESI, and consistency with increasing awareness and demand for the delivery of basic services in health, education, social protection.

Prince Kenneh, the Communications and Learning Officer – SABI, facilitated a practical session on data visualization and how participants can effective use it to enhance their communications with various categories of audiences. Participants learnt useful techniques in data presentations, including innovative tools and online platforms where resources can be obtained to visualize their data.

Sample infographics developed by SABI were displayed as example of how SABI has used images to communicate to low-literate audiences.

After the SABI Comms Learning Presentation, participants were divided into groups and supported to develop infographics that communicates evidence to low literate audiences, and presented their graphics to the whole group.

Participants – Infographic Development

Group Work – Infographic Development

Group Work – Infographic Development

Group Work – Infographic Development

Participants – Infographic Presentations

Participants – Infographic Presentations

Participants – Infographic Presentations



Data visualisation facilitates effective teaching and learning in communities – Nancy Gbamoi, From Each One Save One.


The will help me improve in presenting ideas and report especially to donors – Abu Bakarr Marah, From CRS.



This data visualization knowledge will help us sensitize low literate people in communities – Sierra Leone Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition.



This will help my organisation explain data in a simple and clear way, while avoiding mountains of text – NMJD.






This learning is positive. This data visualization skills will  make service delivery very practical to reach low literate people in communities – Health for all Coalition.






The communication is an effective way to feedback to communities leading to interaction and involvement of community people, which will ultimately result to community ownership – Restless Development Sierra Leone.






This data visualization technique will improve our programme implementation. It will ensure transparency and accountability – Family Homes Movement.






The session has been great. This is my first time learning data visualization. Now I believe I can tell better stories with data – Lahai Galiwa, Movement for Resettlement and Rural Development (MoRRD).







I see this as an evidence based approach in programme implementation, I will also share with others – CAF – SL.






This visual presentation promotes effective communication to low literate audiences in communities – Pikin to Pikin.







Now I understand what data visualization really means. I will use it to make presentations in our teenage pregnancy programme and reports – Community Development Center (CDC – SL).







This session is very useful. I will data visualization to effectively communicate and present ideas to our partners – 4HER Initiative SL.







I am very happy to be part of this data visualization session, it has boosted my communications skills – 4HER Initiative SL.







Data visualization helps to make information or data more clear. This will be very useful to us as we work with children – Hope for Children Foundation.






This is a better approach to passing messages to increase the understanding of people in communities – CAGE SL.






Data visualization easily captures the attention of target audience and improves knowledge. This will be very important in our community engagement work – NEPAD – SL.






This data visualization technique will help us to educate more people on teenage pregnancy and other related issues – 4HER Initiative SL.