Learning from NES Togo. Good Practices from a Multi-Stakeholder Platform
Good practices in NES Togo are strictly connected with the genesis of the NES itself. Firstly, the process of setting up a multi-stakeholder platform was strongly shaped by an influential and experienced resource person, hired as a consultant in the initial phase of the NES to support the production of guidelines for stakeholders’ cooperation and a Strategy. This person was an academic, who later on became the director of the drafting team of Togo’s Land Code. Thanks to his knowledge, connections and research, NES Togo could usefully draw inspiration from other NES experiences - for example in Madagascar - and land reforms, such as those in Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso.
An inception workshop was organised, inviting all relevant Government and non-governmental parties. The process leading to the creation of the NES was highly participatory and inclusive. The challenge of achieving the participation of Government representatives - often in conflictive relationships with the civil society - was overcome by sending invitations to targeted individuals with a request to each one of them to contribute on specific and previously identified issues. By nominating representatives, five Ministries participated in the workshop alongside numerous CSOs. They contributed to the formulation of the NES and remained involved in the NES activities after the workshop.
As a result, today the CSOs in the NES engage with Government representatives through both formal and more unstructured channels. NES Togo effectively facilitates dialogue by using a mix of advocacy and collaboration.
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