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Sunday, 22 October 2017
 

Accra Social Media Development Workshop

Accra - Accra the Capital city of Ghana has recently hosted a workshop on the use of social media in supporting the development of the countries of East and West Africa, with the participation of 12 countries, including Sudan
The workshop aimed at sharing ideas between the countries of East and West Africa to use social media development imitative  "Promoting collaboration despite distance and building a community of practices through the use of social media and collaborative web 2.0 tools both between SAWAP team members and with BRICKS stakeholders or implementing institutions "Is the general objective underpinned by the regional workshop on capacity building for SAWAP teams and media men and women in the use of social media and collaborative web 2.0 tools for development.
This workshop, which takes place from 13 to 16 February 2017 in the city of ACCRA, brings together about forty participants from the twelve (12) SAWAP countries except Senegal, who was unable to join the team, journalists From the SAWAP countries, members of the BRICKS implementation institutions, CILSS, OSS and IUCN. Organized as part of the implementation of BRICKS '2017 communication plan for which IUCN is responsible, this workshop will strengthen the knowledge and skills of the SAWAP teams in social media and collaborative tools in order to contribute to a better Dissemination of good practices, success stories and different project results, but also to improve collaboration between remote teams but a stakeholder in the same SAWAP community.
The opening ceremony of this regional workshop was chaired by Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) of Ghana, with his Mister Advisor and Ms. Saadia Owusu-Amofah representing IUCN Ghana.
Miss Saadia Owusu-Amofah, thanked the attendance of the various participants in this workshop on behalf of the three implementing institutions of BRICKS: CILSS, OSS, IUCN, recalled the numerous communication actions around the Great Green Wall And Sustainable Land and Water Management, which have been carried out by BRICKS since its launch in 2014, namely the development of a communication strategy and plan and their implementation, Capacities of BRICKS and SAWAP team members, the development of communication tools, knowledge management and sharing through, inter alia, the social media of the project and the SAWAP portal or the networking of experts. While grateful for the World Bank's close cooperation with its development objectives for the Africa region, it expressed strong interest in 12 of its States through this project, and welcomed the commitment of the CILSS and the OSS, Along with IUCN, the communication leader within the BRICKS project, are helping to build synergy in building a sustainable community of practices for a world where nature is conserved and valued.
The official opening address of Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng was mainly focused on the reminder of the paramount importance of Sustainable Land and Water Management. Indeed, respect for natural landscapes, protection and management of water sources. "Water is paramount, we cannot create it, so we have to manage it optimally", this sentence explains in its view all the interest that Ghana and its government bring to land and water issues. As an example of this workshop, which is a platform for popularizing Sustainable Land and Water Management, reducing land degradation and restoring degraded lands? And this through communication tools such as social media and collaborative tools that undoubtedly contribute to efforts to meet the challenges of sustainable management of natural resources and water.
The workshop provided some papers about social media in communications’ like self-introductions and collection of participant’s expectations and BRICKS project and roles and BRICKS project communication working Group and Google agenda and Gmail Basic and Google drive face book and web02