On 1st October ACP YPN was invited to share their experiences on being an active and united network with Togolese diaspora organisations in Brussels. H.E Ambassador Kokou Nayo M’Beou hosted the training sessions at the Embassy of the Republic of Togo. Mr. Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General of the ACP for Trade and Sustainable Development gave a presentation on how to access EU-ACP funding. Ms. Yentyl Williams, Founder and President of ACP YPN gave a presentation on ‘Networking for Associations: Tools for Effectiveness‘. Mr. Charles Azilan, Chargé for Diaspora affairs moderated the session. Here is the link to the event on the website of the Togolese Embassy [FR].
In her presentation, Yentyl explained what were the three keys for success based on her experience of founding and managing ACP YPN: (i) a project with defined mission and goals, as well as a strong legal basis; (ii) a team who can advance the activities to achieve the mission and goals and (iii) dedication, and not simply passion, to overcome all obstacles and challenges to strive for success. Yentyl also gave an overview of some of the useful social media tools – all free (!) – which can be beneficial for networking and communicating the work of the Association e.g. Twitter, Facebook , WordPress and LinkedIn.
Yentyl also commended the example of H.E Ambassador Kokou Nayo M’Beou for encouraging Togolese diaspora associations to be organised, united and equipped with the right tools to be effective. Indeed, this is a positive example of an ACP state fulfilling it’s obligations under Articles 4-7 of the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, concerning the ‘actors of the partnership’ in which civil society organisations are recognised as actors in EU-ACP relations.
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