Friday, September 17, 2004

K. SONYO established sector-based networks (9-12TH )

SONYO youth umbrella in collaboration with UNICEF conducted a national workshop for SONYO members in the six regions. The purpose of this workshop was to establish sector-based network for SONYO member organizations. Networking is one of the umbrella’s strategies to reduce the overlap of activities in youth organizations and to consolidate similar activities under sectoral and thematic basis.

During this workshop 5 networks were established and leaders of the organizations conducted a rapid assessment that identified their respective network membership. The following Networks were established:

HIV/AIDS network
Human right network
Sports network
Education network
And youth media network

SONYO intends to ensure the problems and challenges youth faced are responded to and better initiate change to further empower and strengthen the youth’s efforts to contribute to development. Information sharing and cohesive coordination mechanism are some of the expected outputs of network formation.

In this meeting:

SONYO member organizations were able to share experiences about their activities and evaluate their activities during the workshop
Sector-based networks like human rights, sports, education, HIV/AIDS networks were formed
The structure and leaders of the networks were developed,
The participants of the workshop understood the importance of coalition and collaboration.

posted at 10:11 AM by SONYO

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