European CSOs in Advocacy, Campaigning andPolicy DialogueThe case of NGO law campaign in Armenia: Lessons LearnedOpen Foru...
The campaign             • September 2009: Controversial amendments to NGO law initiative by               the Ministry of...
Know your target• Governments are living institutions  – human relations  – decision making process: formal and non    for...
Effective Communication• information needs in policy process  – data sources  – analytical capacity  – less options, easie...
The Homework• framing the issue matters  – data backed arguments  – process arguments  – are you FOR or AGAINST something•...
Challenges or opportunities• Negotiations: the power of the people  – melting pot or a salad• Solutions, solutions, soluti...
Lessons• Accountability towards whom?  – be carful what you wish for  – who sets the policy agenda• Recognition of the rol...
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15 april advocacy arsen stepanyan

  1. 1. European CSOs in Advocacy, Campaigning andPolicy DialogueThe case of NGO law campaign in Armenia: Lessons LearnedOpen Forum regional consultation for EuropeBrussels, April 2011
  2. 2. The campaign • September 2009: Controversial amendments to NGO law initiative by the Ministry of Justice inception • October 2009: NGOs learn about the initiative from Parliament web site • November 2009: a group of NGOs voice their concern, Civil Society Initiative mobilizes 300 organizations to campaign against the draftmobilization • February 2010: OSCE issues a detailed analysis • December 2010: Minister of Justice fired, Deputy Minister resigned • March 2011: the Initiative reaches an agreement with Ministry ofnew phase Justice
  3. 3. Know your target• Governments are living institutions – human relations – decision making process: formal and non formal – needs and priorities of government agencies• Tools you create – Citizen guide to Government – Government web sites – Networks & umbrella organizations – CIVICUS: Civil Society Index
  4. 4. Effective Communication• information needs in policy process – data sources – analytical capacity – less options, easier to make decisions• communication channels – traditional media – new media – personal communication• relations with media (validity, gate keepers)
  5. 5. The Homework• framing the issue matters – data backed arguments – process arguments – are you FOR or AGAINST something• educating about your issue – CSOs, donors, government, media, public• thou protest too much – the power of the people – the monster you create
  6. 6. Challenges or opportunities• Negotiations: the power of the people – melting pot or a salad• Solutions, solutions, solutions – offering alternatives – expectations of the participants – i want everything and right now!• Communicating the victory – prisoner dilemma – channels of communication
  7. 7. Lessons• Accountability towards whom? – be carful what you wish for – who sets the policy agenda• Recognition of the role of CSOs – in policy inception phase• CSO enabling environment is the key!
  8. 8. European CSOs in Advocacy, Campaigning andPolicy DialogueThe case of NGO law campaign in Armenia: Lessons LearnedOpen Forum regional consultation for EuropeBrussels, April 2011
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