The Chairman Board of Trustee of the Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR) Dr Aminu Magashi, has been appointed member Advisory Board of Advocacy Accelerator Kenya.
This was contained in a letter officially sent to CHR by the Advocacy Accelerator Executive Director Wanjiku Kamau,. The letter reads that,
“The Advisory Committee is thrilled at the level of interest and the quality of the applicants. It was not easy to select just 14 members from the slate of over 60 incredibly strong candidates but we have tried to ensure representation across countries and regions and also to draw in members to the board from communities of advocates, donors, and media and research/academic institutions”.
The Advocacy Accelerator is an exciting new platform being created to increase the skills, sharing among, and impact of advocates in East Africa and globally.
The initial areas of focus for the Advocacy Accelerator have been informed by extensive consultations with donors, researchers, and advocates across the globe, which are summarized in the report titled strengthening country-based advocacy for maximum impact: What will it take?
The Advocacy Accelerator is housed within Amref Health Africa – the largest health NGO on the African continent.
Advisory Board members will meet in-person annually to review progress and provide strategic input and guidance to Advocacy Accelerator leadership.
The Board will meet remotely at least three additional times each year to address ongoing issues. Advisory Board members are expected to join at least 3 of the scheduled meetings each year.
Advisory Board members’ responsibilities;
1. Track adherence to the Advocacy Accelerator priorities and responsiveness to key constituencies; monitor management and accounting; and remain current with the Advocacy Accelerator’s activities through review of updates and participation in board meetings (formal or informal and physical or virtual).
2. Participate virtually or in-person in at least three meetings annually. Members who are unable to attend at least two meetings consecutively may be asked to resign.
3. Assist in advancing the goals and missions of the Advocacy Accelerator as appropriate through public speaking, professional work, and outreach to contact networks.
4. Act as stewards of the Advocacy Accelerator and help to ensure that the work of the initiative and allied groups appropriately advance its mission and reflect the priorities of its constituencies.
5. Engage in a reflective, self-evaluative process to improve Advisory Board effectiveness.
Dr Aminu Magashi Garba is the civil societies’ representative of the Global Financing Facility Investors Group and a member of the UHC2030 CSOs Pre Advisory Group.
He founded and coordinates the Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN), à Pan African group that uses budget advocacy to influence adequate health sector finances, transparency and accountability.
He chairs the Board of Trustees of Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR), a leading evidence based health advocacy NGO in Nigeria.
He is a co-convener of the PMNCH Steering Group on accountability, a founding member of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) Civil Societies Coordinating Group.
In the past he has facilitated the emergence of many national and subnational accountability mechanisms in Nigeria focusing on SRMNCAH.
He writes a newspaper health column with a Nigerian Newspaper ‘Daily Trust’ for over 14 years and the publisher of an online newspaper ‘Health Reporters – www.healthreporters.info’.
During his undergraduate course, he was actively involved in student unionism and rose to become Vice President of Nigerian Medical Students Association (NIMSA) in 1997/8.
Dr Garba has an MSc in Public Health and a diploma from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
He is a 2006/7 British Chevening Scholar.