In November colleagues from across the consortium gathered in Freetown, Sierra Leone for the final ARISE annual general meeting. It was a wonderful week filled with sharing, learning, and reflection. Our colleague Shrutika Murthy from The George Institute collected together images from across the week, and wrote this blog. Additional images and copy from Leah Murphy and the rest of the ARISE team.
We kicked off the meeting by reflecting on the most significant changes in our work at ARISE. Doing responsive research through co-production, evidence-building and advocacy emerged as top contenders!
Some of our ARISE PhD cohort presented their progress and learnings on diverse topics including non-communicable diseases, stigma, and healthcare. The rest of the team provided insightful feedback to help them reach the finish line!
The team also visited urban informal settlements in Cockle Bay and Moyiba and were welcomed by community chiefs and co-researchers. We learnt about their histories, challenges, achievements and ARISE’s contribution.
A selection of images from Cockle Bay.
A selection of images from Moyiba.
Co-researchers presented on the consortium’s role in enhancing their capacities and enabling them to successfully advocate for their communities with governance actors. “If our votes count, our voices should too!”
ARISE country teams presented their most significant communication outputs, including impactful photo essays, photo books, briefs & documentaries.
We kept our spirits high with energising songs and dances. Music transcends all boundaries, truly!
The AGM went by in a blink! Thank you to our extraordinary Sierra Leone colleagues for welcoming and hosting us all with such warmth and love!