The International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Survey 2017 Dissemination Workshop was held in Cape Town, South Africa between 7th and 9th of November, 2017. In attendance were over twenty representative across the Africa continues, each representing their country.
The dissemination workshop was designed to train participants on how to dissemination the Open Budget Survey results in each country.
At the workshop, issues discussed included the Global Results of the OBS 2017, key issues and recommendations for OBS 2017 country summaries, country-specific communications strategy development, incorporating OBS methodology into messages and messages.
Other topics included message development, communication channels, activities, materials and partnership, IBP’s OBS dissemination plan, delivery your message, working with the media, practice communications activities and workshop evaluation.
The workshop was split into different sessions for each day. The major highlight of the first day of the workshop was group’s discussions on the effect and implications of the decrease in global OBS scores in 2017.
On the second day, Ayomide was asked to do a presentation on the use of infographics in conveying messages to the appropriate audience. Other means of communication, specific to each country was also examined. Dissemination plans prepared by each country before the workshop was also examined and corrections were made where necessary.
On the third day, each participant was asked to do 5mins of short video interviews when found in such situation with media outlets. Each video was examined and corrections were made appropriately.
At the end of the workshop, participants were presented with certificates and a photo session with the IBP team.