About Policy Link

What we Do and Why it is Important

Policy LINK strengthens the leadership capacity of public, private, and civil society actors and fosters collective action among them to transform policy systems. Building on the successes of Africa Lead’s nearly decade of programming, Policy LINK does this through a range of core services, including:

Transformative leadership training.

Policy LINK offers a range of leadership training programs to develop the “soft skills” of public, private, and civil society actors, including a five-day Champions for Change course and a six-month executive leadership program as well as bespoke options.

Participatory stakeholder and network mapping to improve decision making and resource allocation.

Policy LINK uses a variety of participatory mapping techniques, both for systems and stakeholder mapping, to catalyze, scale and sustain organizational and institutional change.

Facilitation of a common vision and actions from all parties for a mutually beneficial solution.

Policy LINK uses a facilitative leadership approach and a set of resources to catalyze and strengthen multi-stakeholder coordination and inclusive dialogue among actors at all levels.

Joint work planning at local and community levels.

Policy LINK offers participatory tools and approaches to strengthen local systems to increase community and private sector participation in policy discussions, improve collaboration, communication, enhance the coherence of policy implementation, and ensure donors’ work aligns with and advances national, regional and other partnership goals.

USAID implementing partner coordination.

Where implementing partners are working in isolation, Policy LINK can apply USAID’s collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) methodology and get them to work together more efficiently and effectively.

Platforms for knowledge sharing and learning.

Through peer to peer networks, virtual and in person dialogue, and online learning and collaboration tools, Policy LINK facilitates global learning and knowledge management for policy.

Pamela Chunda,Customs Officer, Zambia Revenue Authority – participant East Africa Seed Policy Learning Exchange, Africa Lead
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“If we are speaking the same [policy] language don’t you think it’s easier for us to do business together, than if we are speaking different languages?”
Dorine GengaUSAID Kenya Project Management Specialist – Resilience Learning
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“When it comes to joint planning and implementation you quickly appreciate the fact that it is a complex system that carries risk, however creative thinking and figuring out what is the entry point is better than not taking any steps forward.” -
Ben MwongelaManaging Director, Agile Consulting – participant in Executive Leadership Course for Africa’s Food Security
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“This course has changed how I view leadership… the hardware of leadership is not enough.This course brings in another dimension of leadership… leadership from a software point of view; how we can influence people, how we listen, how we build trust and coalitions are key within an ever-changing landscape.”