What have you learnt?
‘I have learnt that advocacy needs to constantly adapt to changing environments and situations. This includes adapting to, and making the most of, changes in technology such as internet connectivity and smartphones.
‘Though challenging, and with some risks, these new technologies represent opportunities to communicate, network and collaborate more quickly with larger numbers of people.
‘I have also learnt not to prioritise my own agenda when working with others in advocacy. It is very important to listen to, and appreciate, different ideas and views.’
What are you working on at the moment?
‘I am supporting a local organisation to advocate for a reduction in the amount of pollution caused by factories in the Ségou region of Mali. The organisation has formed a committee including women, youth, faith leaders and representatives from the local authority. Together, they are leading the way in calling for change in the area.
‘I am also working with leaders from different faiths on a peacebuilding programme. While working with them and listening to their conversations, I have realised again that advocacy is often about compromise, and it can take a long time to reach agreement. But it is always worth persevering!’