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    • Effective Partnership Strategies to build Advocacy Capacity among Settlement Service Providers
      • OCASI Conference
      • 5 November 2009
      • S. Gopi Krishna
      • on behalf of the City of Toronto’s Immigrant and Refugee Housing Committee (IRHC)
      • Scarborough Housing Help Centre
      • 416-285 5410
      • [email_address]
    • This workshop will explore
      • What is a Coalition?
      • How are coalitions born? Who are Traditional Members of coalitions?
      • What challenges can a coalition face?
      • What is the advantage of recruiting non-traditional members?
    • A. Birth of a Coalition
      • How is a coalition born?
      • What coalitions do?
      • What are the benefits of a coalition?
    • What is a Coalition?
      • An alliance of people, factions, parties, or nations
      • from Latin coalēscere “ to grow together ”
      • a mutually beneficial and well defined relationship by people and organizations to achieve common goals
    • How are coalitions born?
      • Response to immediate situation- usually a crisis of some kind e.g. HRSDC funding crisis of 2003
      • A group of organizations/individuals looking to increase their influence in decision making e.g. Ontario Medical Association
      • Decision makers initiate consultations to get community feed-back and buy-in e.g. Ontario Early Years Centre tables
    • What do Coalitions Do?
      • Work of a coalition may focus on:
        • Advocacy
        • Information sharing/networking
        • Strategic planning
        • Partnership Building
    • Benefits
      • Drawing attention to an emerging issue
      • Research to identify impact on target population
      • Identify options and solutions to an existing challenge with a positive impact
      • Lobbying governments /lawmakers to implement the best options
    • B. Membership
      • What is the traditional membership of a coalition?
      • How does membership impact the work of a coalition?
      • How do members interact? What is the decision making process?
    • What does traditional membership of coalitions consist of ?
      • Membership usually consists of organizations and/or individuals interested in a given topic
      • In the context of the coalitions we work with, the membership largely consists of non-profit organizations
    • How does membership impact work of a coalition?
      • Coalitions have few resources- funding is always an issue for advocacy
      • Membership means everything to a coalition
      • Members have to divide duties between themselves
      • Ability to negotiate and agree on a common goal
    • How do members interact? What is the decision making process?
      • Members meet regularly to discuss
      • issues, exchange information, and make decisions
      • Decisions are made usually through consensus. If consensus is not possible, then decisions are made through a simple majority
      • What challenges can a coalition face?
      • How can coalitions address
      • challenges?
    • Internal Challenges
      • Getting members to agree on a common goal
      • Lack of speed can be frustrating
      • Lack of Resources
      • Concern about consequences of
      • advocacy – will I get into trouble?
    • External Challenges
      • Do the funders/community view it as a legitimate body?
      • How quickly a coalition can react to a situation and how?
      • Understanding of policy formulation
      • Experience- why should a new voice be taken seriously?
    • Characteristics of strong coalitions
      • Coalitions that speak for a cross section
      • of the community are seen as legitimate
      • Develop a common goal that reflects reality ( as opposed to a magical wish list)
      • Understanding of policy perspectives- government makes decisions based on financial consequences
    • How Coalitions Respond to Challenges
      • Lack of progress can be frustrating- Members should remind themselves that advocacy is not micro-waving, it is slow and steady
      • Will funders/governments punish organizations for advocacy related work? It is important to critique without being critical
      • What is the definition of non-traditional members? What are examples of this group?
      • How will non-traditional members increase capacity?
      • Where and how can we recruit non-traditional members?
    • What are examples of non- traditional members?
      • A non-traditional member is a party interested in the same result as the non-profit sector but works in a different sector
      • Students and university professors
      • Bureaucrats and funders
      • Unions
      • Profession affiliation organizations
    • How can non-traditional members increase coalition capacity?
      • Bring new perspectives in terms of strategy
      • and policy
      • Experience and understanding
      • Coalition is seen as being legitimate
      • “ Champions” – spokespersons inside the system ( e.g. government) as opposed to the outside
    • How can non-traditional members increase coalition capacity?
      • Ability to provide funders with facts and figures
      • Access to resources not available presently- research about how an issue has been addressed elsewhere
    • Where can we recruit non-traditional members?
      • To find “non-traditional members to champion your program, consider:
      • Civil servants who know policy works
      • Academicians and Students- advocacy is a given in academic life
      • Journalists/broadcasters - a voice to reshape public opinion
      • Unions supporting social causes
    • How can we recruit non-traditional members?
      • No magic formula for recruitment. However, it is
      • important to have answers to the following:
      • Identify the impact of policy on a group that you want to recruit
      • Do their skills and interest match and increase your capacity?
      • What can you offer them in return?
    • The IRHC story
      • A brief review of the experiences and practices of
      • The Immigrant and Refugee Housing Committee (IRHC)
      • How did IRHC evolve?
      • What is the membership of IRHC?
      • What challenges did IRHC face? How did it respond to the challenges?
      • IRHC was born out of a consultation held by the City to respond to an influx of refugees in 1992
      • It was originally called IRHTG (Immigrant Refugee Housing Task Group) but became IRHC (Immigrant Refugee Housing Committee) in 2007
      • IRHC has been supported by the Shelter, Support and Housing Administration Division and meeting on a regular basis for over 15 years
      Birth of IRHC
      • IRHC
      • Goals:
      • Supporting marginalized immigrants
      • Networking & collaboration
      • capacity building
      • Public education & Advocacy
      • Research support
      • Inform public policy
    • IRHC’s responses to challenges
      • Pro-active approach in keeping members informed,
      • and rapid response to new issues; e.g.
      • Information on new resources & initiatives
      • Response to increase in Mexican & Haitian refugee claimants
    • IRHC Membership
      • Over 24 non-profit organizations active in the housing and immigrant serving sectors
      • Academicians and Researchers
      • City staff
      • IRHC Minutes and announcements are distributed to over 120 people on a regular basis
    • Challenges and IRHC
      • Housing issues are linked to other legislations include immigration and social services
      • Responding to gaps in services for newcomers
      • Drawing attention to housing issues faced by newcomers and refugees
      • Lack of sufficient resources
    • IRHC’s responses to challenges
      • Responded to existing gaps through coordination and planning of various services e.g. IRHC designed the “First Contact” Program and helped Red Cross implement the service.
      • Red Cross’ First Contact Program offers holistic services to newcomer refugees as soon as they come to Toronto. Services include 24 hours/7 days Hotline and a Drop-In Centre
    • IRHC’s responses to challenges
      • Creating credible reference material on the issue of housing- The IRHTG worked closely with the City of Toronto to produce the “ Refugee Housing Study ” in (1992), the first study of refugee housing issues in Canada
      • IRTHG made input to important policy documents, such as the Mayor’s Homelessness Action Task Force (1999 )
    • IRHC Welcomes New Members
      • http://www.toronto.ca/housing/irhc.htm
      • Contact Azar Farahani, Agency Review Officer,
      • Housing Division, City of Toronto
      • ( 416) 392 0068- [email_address]