[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Policy Research and Advocacy” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:28|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Open%20Sans%3A300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C600%2C600italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C800%2C800italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]18 July 2016 – 11 August 2016
Bulawayo Vendors and Traders Association (BVTA) received financial support from Olof Palme to implement Leadership and Advocacy Training for its Ward Committee members in Bulawayo’ 29 wards. The Ward Committees have 12 members each i.e. chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, organizing secretary, treasurer, secretary for micro finance, secretary for business development, secretary for legal affairs, secretary for people living with disability, secretary for gender and women affairs, secretary for youth affairs and 4 committee members. The purpose of these committees is to coordinate activities of vendors and informal traders at ward level.
This form of decentralization will make the organisation more accessible and be able to promptly respond to the needs of vendors across the city. The trainings were carried out after noting that most those occupying positions lacked adequate leadership and advocacy skills that hinder their effectiveness in mobilizing and providing leadership at local level.
Project objectives were to enhance the leadership and public policy advocacy capabilities of 290 BVTA ward leaders from the 29 wards in Bulawayo. Overall there was a relatively fair attendance, one hundred and ninety seven 197 (115 females and 82 males) Ward Committees members participated in the trainings out of 270 that were expected to be reached out.
The trainings have started to realise impact based on the increase of vendors and informal traders visiting the office to enquire about joining the association and while others are making payments of their annual membership fees.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]