The civil society space has been shrinking in Angola, with fewer opportunities to speak out and engage with the government. To help Angolan civil society organizations (CSOs) proactively influence public policy, FSVC, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), conducted a webinar on CSO engagement in budget policy and advocacy. FSVC presented the legal framework for policymaking and the budget cycle, as well as items in the budget that are of interest to CSOs.
FSVC also invited Mozambican CSOs to this webinar, as they have over a decade a of experience in community organizing and coordination. Their participation and sharing of experiences made Angolan representatives aware of tangible steps they can take to be better coordinated in the future. It also promoted regional civil society dialogue, which is critical to bridging information gaps, achieving better mutual knowledge, and enhancing civil society’s effectiveness and influence.