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Partnerships for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa Lessons from the Southern Africa Trust Initiative

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Southern Africa Trust launched the initiative Creating Linkages Between Research, Advocacy and the Media for Pro-Poor Policy Change in Africa (‘Linkages’) in October 2010 to explore whether more effective civil society collaboration (particularly between research, advocacy and media organisations) could further advance pro-poor policy change in Africa. The Trust has since worked with these actors across six countries - Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi and Ghana – to support their partnership on innovative policy oriented campaigns. Driven by a lead organisation in each country, the campaigns have addressed issues in the areas of food security, local resource mobilisation and delivery of basic and social services, with the aim of encouraging inclusive, participatory, and transparent governance and evidence-informed policy making.

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