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Imali Ngusale

Imali Ngusale - 2017 Nominee
Position: Advocacy and EU liason officer
Organization: Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung
Current Location: Nairobi
M.A from Development Communication
Imali is an amazing communications advocacy practitioner. She has successfully initiated the creation of a Family Planning technical working group in Busia County of Kenya. – Mark Gachagua , Advocacy Officer at Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I support and strengthen family Planning Country program interventions in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania where I support the training of youth champions who advocate for increase of domestic funding at sub-national level. I also support Technical Working Groups meetings at sub national levels to increase their asks for family planning through technical support (i.e World Contraceptive Day Forums).

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The fact that there are so many young people who are at risk of procuring unsafe abortion (which more often than not leads to death) has triggered in me an unrelenting passion to support advocacy work. In my current position, I collate information from sub national and national level and help my organization to develop new Advocacy Asks with a specific bias on Youth Friendly services. The difference between youth who lead healthy lives and the ones who do not is information

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I support Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to share their stories through writing, leadership in this work is peer to peer. I begin by involving everyone, asking about their opinions but tailoring those opinions towards a specific objective.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I will use the $ 1000 to make mini-documentaries in East Africa(Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania ), translate these stories into vernacular languages and use social media , learning institutions, CSO coalitions and TWGs with specific decision makers to cascade the knowledge and essence of family planning to a wider audience.

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