The RISE Learning Network sub-Saharan regional working group (RWG) face-to-face meeting was successfully convened from May 4-5 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sub-Saharan RWG members comprise local, regional and international organizations involved in a range of service delivery, research, capacity-building and advocacy work in the areas of recovery and reintegration of children and youth affected by CSE and other forms of abuse.
The RWG meeting brought together a total of 19 participants from 6 countries in East and Southern Africa and Anglophone West Africa as well as representatives from Retrak (RISE implementing partner), Maestral International (Consultant on RISE Learning Project on M&E of Reintegration) and the Save the Children East Africa Regional Office.
It provided a milestone opportunity for participants to share the rich resources, expertise, and innovative practices within the region as well as explore how best to collectively advance RISE Learning Network objectives, including RISE learning projects.
As part of proceedings, Jo Wakia of Retrak (RISE steering committee member and lead for the Learning Project on M&E of reintegration) and Isabel de Bruin Cardoso of Maestral International (Consultant, RISE Learning Project 1) facilitated sessions on M&E, which introduced the draft RISE M&E of reintegration toolkit. The draft RISE toolkit is a key resource of Learning Project 1 that intends to utilise a Community of Practice approach to help augment the M&E practice in the three target RISE sub-regions by encouraging participants to try out new, locally-appropriate approaches and methods within a context of learning exchange and mutual support.
The RISE RWG meeting culminated in the identification of priorities and strategies for the sub-Saharan region, which will form the basis of a Regional Action Plan.