It has been a remarkable experience at the first summit of the Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative themed “ A pathway from community-Driven development projects to community-Led development”.
My expectations before the program was to learn and connect with influencers and to further develop skills and knowledge required for the appraisal of community-led development project. These expectations has so far been consistent with reality. Indeed there is no limit to what you can achieve when you dream big and commit yourself to hardwork. I am glad I finally had the privilege to meet with the program manager Mrs. Nkem Akinsoto and the Co-founder Mr. Akin Akinsoto (great personalities).
The eye-opening breakout sessions focused on Sustainable development goals, project development and implementation, governance and accountability, grant proposal writing and crowdfunding. I had the opportunity to learn from Samirah Bello during online and offline strategies to engage the community for resourcing in which I gained a new view on crowdfunding strategies. Approaches to keeping budget small and relevant with Okechukwu Ofili will never be forgotten. I have been exposed to truly innovative and cutting edge strategies required for the development and appraisal of community led development projects.
I could say it is amazing how far SI4DEV have gone and achieved in just a year. The organization is contributing significantly to moving motions and improving policies in areas of education equity, good governance, entrepreneur and quality health care.
I am indeed privileged to be a full partner.