Pd Effective Partnership Strategies D7
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×
 

Pd Effective Partnership Strategies D7

on

  • 1,114 views

 

Statistics

Views

Total Views
1,114
Views on SlideShare
1,095
Embed Views
19

Actions

Likes
0
Downloads
4
Comments
0

5 Embeds 19

http://pdconference.ocasi.org 12
http://pdconference.moresettlement.org 3
http://colloquedp.ocasi.org 2
http://colloquedp.moresettlement.org 1
http://www.slideshare.net 1

Accessibility

Categories

Upload Details

Uploaded via as Microsoft PowerPoint

Usage Rights

© All Rights Reserved

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Processing…
Post Comment
Edit your comment

    Pd Effective Partnership Strategies D7 Pd Effective Partnership Strategies D7 Presentation Transcript

    • 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
    • C. CHALLENGES
      • 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
    • D. NON-TRADITIONAL MEMBERS AND EFFECTIVENESS
      • 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]