Strengthening cnc National Level Engagement

The establishment of the CAADP Non-State Actors Coalition (CNC) in 2014 was aimed at galvanizing effective NSA engagement in the CAADP process through three main strategies isolated in the coalition’s 2014-2019 Strategic Plan. These include: Engagement in evidence-based policy advocacy; increasing the impact of citizen’s engagement in CAADP implementation processes; and, strengthening the coalition’s institutional capacity to deliver on its mandate. Since the take-off of the CNC Secretariat in February 2014, efforts have been intensified towards defining clear programs for the coalition as well as the institutional mechanisms, processes and systems to effectively deliver on them. Nowhere is this need very critical as at the national level, given the fact that CAADP implementation is a country-led and country-driven process.

It is in a bid to strengthen national engagement processes and mechanisms that the CNC Secretariat seeks to carry out consultations with national level steering committees and members, towards concretizing proposals and design of a national engagement strategy. Brainstorming sessions will be carried out in 15 countries including the 6 countries where CNC platforms are already inaugurated (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana) as well as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali, Rwanda and Ethiopia.


The objective of the national brainstorming sessions is to take stock of how NSAs have been engaging the CAADP process at the national level as well as concretize ideas towards strengthening national level engagement in CAADP processes. The following specific objectives are applicable

  • Assess the impact of national level engagement of CNC in CAADP processes in the specific countries
  • Brainstorm on ways to strengthen national level platforms to deliver on the coalition’s mandate, based on the draft documents and frameworks for national engagement provided by the CNC Secretariat