SI Leader Lab Pop-up – online advocacy programme in Afghanistan

SI Leader Lab Pop-up Afghanistan is a five-week training programme focusing on collaborative tools and methods related to advocacy and opinion-building. Recently the 27 participants graduated in an online ceremony. Congratulations!
Collage of 4 images showing participants and people in online meetings

In the autumn of 2020, the Swedish Institute launched the new online training programme SI Leader Lab Pop-up Afghanistan. The five-week training was focusing on collaborative tools and methods related to advocacy and opinion-building.

– We are so happy that we can continue to meet and develop together despite the turbulent situation we are all facing right now with covid-19, says Ulrika Engström, programme manager at the Swedish Institute.

-We have seen that no matter if you are in Afghanistan or Sweden, co-creative processes and facilitation are important skills for leaders that want to work in more inclusive, engaging and motivating ways.

Nine teams from the organisations Swedish Committee for Afghanistan and the Norwegian Afghanistan Committee were recruited. In the programme they practiced storytelling, learnt about facilitation and explored different advocacy tools. They also created a workshop that they will conduct in their respective organisation.

The programme is called Pop-up as it’s a spin off from the leadership programme SI Leader Lab where 55 participants from 15 countries meet for eight months.

-It was a unique opportunity to be able to focus on advocacy and opinion building as well as process design and facilitation within the organization.

-We learnt great online facilitation and advocacy tools which we have already started to spread to all our colleagues in the provinces, says Mustafa Himmati, Norwegian Afghanistan Committe and alumni board member in the Leader Lab Pop-up programme.

– Being part of SI Leader Lab 2020 has been a great experience, says Salma Shah from Swedish Committee for Afghanistan.

– Thanks to very rich discussions during the programme, we could recognize problems of gender injustice, and learnt ways of addressing them. It has also been a great platform for networking and building contacts among the participants, as they have different experiences from different contexts.