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Advocacy and Lobbying fo Social Change

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Introduction to Advocacy & Lobbying for Human Rights and Social Change

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Advocacy and Lobbying fo Social Change

  1. 1. nicolc@spc.int INTRODUCTION TO ADVOCACY & LOBBYING
  2. 2. Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) www.spc.int/rrrt YUMI TOK TOK • Using case study Qs as guide … • Tell the “story” of your advocacy journey. – When did you start? – What was your objective? We want … – What achieved along the way? – What incremental successes? – Who helped/supported you? – What lessons for others?
  3. 3. Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) www.spc.int/rrrt OUR ADVOCACY MEETING CABINET POSITION PAPER COALITION BUILDING COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS DV LAW ENACTED TRAINING DUTY BEARERS MASS MEDIA OBJECTIVE  xxxxxxxxxx  RESEARCH  xxxxxxxxxx LESSONS SUCCESSES SAFENET NEXT STEPS  xxxxxxxxxx  xxxxxxxxxx  xxxxxxxxxx OPPORTUNITIES  xxxxx  Xxxxx  Xxxxx CHALLENGES 2015
  4. 4. Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) www.spc.int/rrrt • Enabling Environment Advocacy & Lobbying: • motivates leadership to create supportive environment for change • Targets - policy makers, MPs, decision-makers, advisors • Social Mobilisation Advocacy: • Ensures wider participation & ownership • Targets - social institutions, networks, organisations, churches, NGOs, community, youth, school groups, health centres, teachers … • Attitude and Normative Change Advocacy: work to trigger sustained changes in attitudes, norms and values • Targets - individuals, families, community structures , women’s groups, traditional leaders, … ADVOCACY AT ALL LEVELS
  5. 5. nicolc@spc.int WHAT IS ADVOCACY? • What are the first words or thoughts that come to mind when you hear the word “advocacy”?
  6. 6. Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) www.rrrt.org ADVOCACY DEFINITION  ACTION directed at social change.  Putting a problem on the AGENDA  Providing a SOLUTION to the problem; and  Building SUPPORT for the solution and for the action needed to implement the solution. MOBILISING ACTION FOR CHANGE!
  7. 7. Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) www.rrrt.org ADVOCACY: Social-Ecological Model MARCO-level ENABLING ENVIRONMENT Lobbying & Advocacy MEZZO - level SOCIAL MOBILISATION Schools; churches; teachers colleges MICRO – level ATTITUDE, CULTURE BEHAVIOUR CHANGES
  8. 8. Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) www.rrrt.org ACTION for CHANGE …. at various levels POLICY/LEGISLATIVE/ NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT ORGANISATIONAL COMMUNITY INTER- PERSONAL INDIVIDUAL MARCO-level ENABLING ENVIRONMENT MEZZO - level SOCIAL MOBILISATION MICRO – level ATTITUDE, CULTURE BEHAVIOUR CHANGE
  9. 9. Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) www.rrrt.org What is LOBBYING?
  10. 10. Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) www.rrrt.org What is LOBBYING? Lobbying is …  an organised attempt to influence DECISION-MAKERS  persuading people who have a say in decision-making (POWER) to do what we want
  11. 11. Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) www.rrrt.org LOBBYING METHODS • Face to face Meetings • Factsheets • Submissions (verbal) • Submissions (written) • Position Papers • Policy Briefs • Letter Writing • Petitions TARGETS • Ministerial advisers and staff • Legislative drafters • Members of Parliament • Parliamentary committees • Experts and consultants • Local Government officials • Police Commissioners • Hospital directors • Ministers Finance • Law Reform Commissions • Attorney Generals
  12. 12. Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) www.rrrt.org ADVOCACY TOOLBOX • List 15 different ways (activities) you can use to mobilise support for your issue and to influence decision-makers to act. • newspaper articles • caps & t-shirts • radio talk back/call-in shows • Marches & demonstrations • …………
  13. 13. nicolc@spc.int ADVOCACY TOOLBOX SOCIAL COMMUNITY ADMINISTRATIVE
  14. 14. nicolc@spc.int ADVOCACY STRATEGY MIX • Just as humans seek a dignity that says not by bread alone, so we as social advocates must work to effect change not by elections alone, not by mass mobilisation alone, not by lobbying alone, not by information alone, not by coalition alone and not by anything else alone. International Advocacy Institute
  15. 15. nicolc@spc.int Quiet negotiation Share information Meet civil servants Non-public briefs Continued negotiation Meet civil servants Public briefs “feed opposition” Appear at Committees MP meetings Alliances with other groups Letters to MP / Newspapers Public criticism Media advocacy Release information Letter writing Protest action (marches, demonstrations etc) Litigation GOAL TO WIN Low Profile Medium Profile High Profile Advocacy APPROACHES
  16. 16. nicolc@spc.int 1. Working with MoE to include Girl Guides in school curriculum. 2. Distributing mosquito nets to prevent dengue. 3. Meetings with Chamber of Commerce to fund internship programs for youth. 4. Building a disaster evacuation centre. 5. Presentations to Cabinet on VAW and resources needed to effectively respond to VAW. 6. Consultations with church leaders to speak out about VAW. Is it advocacy, lobbying or service…?
  17. 17. nicolc@spc.int Is it advocacy, lobbying or service…? 7. Mobilising women's’ groups to demand local council allocate land to a build Safe House. 8. Writing and presenting to parliamentary committee, a position paper on ratification of CAT. 9. Building a youth centre with an after school sports program. 10. Meetings with AG’s office to amend Penal Code. 11. District consultations to build support for inclusive education pilot program in 6 district schools.
  18. 18. nicolc@spc.int TAKE AWAY MESSAGES • Lobbying is one of many tools used in advocacy. • Lobbying alone is seldom sufficient to sustain action for change. Effective advocacy uses a mix of strategies. • Lobbying does not have to have a bad name! Lobbying can be done ethically & effectively? • What is Pacific-Style lobbying & advocacy?
  19. 19. nicolc@spc.int

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