Concept Note for Policy Forum’s Working Groups Training: Advocacy Training for Members of Budget Working Group and Local Governance Working Group

Policy Forum


Concept Note for Policy Forum’s Working Groups Training: Advocacy Training for Members of Budget Working Group and Local Governance Working Group

Activity Name

Train PF members on advocacy skills.

Outcome 1

Strengthened PF members’ capacity to influence and monitor the implementation of policies relating to public resources    .                                                                                              

Output 1.1

PF members are equipped with knowledge and skills to analyse policies


# of PF members trained (listed by CSO and disaggregated by sex)

# of trainings conducted

# of topics trained including the title of the topics





Through its 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan, Policy Forum intends to work together to influence policy processes that improve the lives of all Tanzanians through enhanced governance and accountable use of public resources and effective protection for human rights. By this mission, it is expected that quality of life of the people will be significantly improved as policies will be addressing the needs of the people and implementation of these policies will improve as a result of the role that CSOs play in influencing the process.

PF has been strategically using its two working groups as a means of creating synergy to engage with policy processes. These are; the Budget Working Group (BWG) and the Local Governance Working Group (LGWG). While the former is interested in national level policy processes, the latter works with policy processes at the local level.

For the past two years of the Strategic Plan the focus has been on improving the analytical skills of the members on policy and budget. Thus far, there is a strong evidence of policy processes that these two working groups have been able to engage with and influence. Members based on their areas of interest have been able to demonstrate applied proficiency by conducting analysis on various sectors and producing analytical pieces that formed policy briefs, positions statements and simplified versions that were shared with the target audience on various interventions. PF has witnessed a number of immediate achievements as a result of the analytical skills, to mention a few new sectors have been analyzed, policy makers have supported and adopted some of the recommendations from our analytical pieces which sounds quite positive and encouraging.

To cement the efforts that are already in place and bearing in mind the importance of realizing the impacts of PF’ interventions, this year’s training has shifted the focus to enhancing the members ‘capacity on advocacy and the documentation of results and/or successes of its interventions with policy makers. This will entail how to package the advocacy messages and how to follow up on the results after advocacy. Although some of the members are already trained in this area but it remains evident that all members need to be on the same page so that when carrying out advocacy work, they all understand what needs to be done. It should also be noted that there are new staff (especially those who have worked with their organizations for a year or less) within the same member organizations that have not gone through this kind of a session.

Aim of the Training

It is in the interest of Policy Forum that all members of the working groups are equipped with necessary skills and knowledge on advocacy and monitoring of the results so that they can assist the network in tracking the progress towards the achievement of the 2017-2020 strategic plan and eventually repositioning itself as a vibrant network that is driven by evidence-based outcomes.  Specifically, PF wants the members of the two working groups to be trained on;

  1. Advocacy Tools
  2. Defining and Packaging the advocacy messages
  3. Mechanisms for tracking performance and results to support evidence -based advocacy

Mode of Delivery

It is encouraged that a ‘’hands on’’ learning is applied. It is as such suggested that a few PowerPoint presentations are made and more practical work by participants so as to make it live and engaging.

When and Where?

The event will be held from 23rd to 25th April 2019 at the Stella Maris Hotel, Bagamoyo.


The following will be required:

  • Venue
  • Stationeries
  • Daily Subsistence Allowance
  • Transport Allowance
  • Lunch and Refreshment


The outputs expected are:

  1. At least 20 members from the BWG and LGWG received training on Advocacy
  2. Members of the working group are equipped with knowledge, skills and tools for Advocacy

Monitoring and Evaluation

There will be on-going monitoring activities to ensure that the training has an impact to attendees in their day to day activities.  PF will track interventions by CSOs who will attend the training. This will help to document success stories from the training on how the skills obtained have improved their advocacy approaches.

The following M&E forms will be prepared and used during and after training:

  • Sign in / attendance sheet prepared by the secretariat
  • Pre- and Post- knowledge test prepared by the Facilitators
  • End of the training evaluation prepared by the secretariat




Expiration Date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Submit a proposal showing delivery of the services and budget to by April 18, 2019

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