Lesson Learnt   South Asia Training of Trainers Workshop on   Bridging Research and Policy Vibhor Bansal, Rijit Sengupta C...
Consumer Unity & Trust Society Organisational Profile <ul><li>Established in 1984,  started with a simple yet effective  w...
The CUTS family <ul><ul><li>Programme Centres   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Centre for International Trade, Economics and E...
Workshop on Bridging Research & Policy <ul><li>CUTS-ODI partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Participants from Bangladesh, India,...
Role of CSOs in policy-making  in South Asia <ul><li>‘ Collaborative’ Vs ‘Confrontationist’ approach </li></ul><ul><li>Pro...
Role of CSOs in policy-making  in South Asia <ul><li>Attention  to collecting non-existent  evidences  </li></ul><ul><li>F...
Analyzing the Context for influencing policy <ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of evidence on specifi...
Developing an effective intervention strategy <ul><li>Essential Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Linkage between local and natio...
Role of communication in advocacy <ul><li>Essential Elements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective Communication Skills </li></u...
Coalition Building and Networking   <ul><li>Important Factors </li></ul><ul><li>Objective Oriented (Specific Goals)   </li...
Conclusion <ul><li>Evidence-based Policy In Development network (EBPDN, www.ebpdn.org) </li></ul><ul><li>South Asia Traini...
Project Research Outcome <ul><ul><li>Multiple Stakeholder engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance public understandi...
Thank you for your attention! CUTS International Email:  [email_address] ,  [email_address] ,  [email_address]   Web:  www...
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A presentation by Vibhor Bansal and Rijit Sengupta from CUTS International on the Training of Trainers on Bridging Research and Policy workshop held in Shimla, India. The presentation was given for the 3rd Annual ebpdn Partners Meeting held on the 26-27 November 2007 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Lesson Learnt: South Asia Training of Trainers Workshop on Bridging Research and Policy

  1. 1. Lesson Learnt South Asia Training of Trainers Workshop on Bridging Research and Policy Vibhor Bansal, Rijit Sengupta CUTS International
  2. 2. Consumer Unity & Trust Society Organisational Profile <ul><li>Established in 1984, started with a simple yet effective wall newsletter ‘ Gram Gadar’ (village revolution) </li></ul><ul><li>Executive committee (13 members) </li></ul><ul><li>Members: 353 individuals and 300 organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Accredited to UNCTAD, UNDP, UNEP, UNCSD, WTO, World Bank etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Serves on several policy-making bodies in India </li></ul><ul><li>80 employees and 300 volunteers </li></ul>“ Consumer Sovereignty in framework of social justice and equality, within and across borders”
  3. 3. The CUTS family <ul><ul><li>Programme Centres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Centre for Competition, Investment & Economic Regulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Centre for Consumer Action Research & Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Centre for Human Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Centres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calcutta Resource Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delhi Resource Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>London Resource Centre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Africa Resource Centre, Lusaka </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Africa Resource Centre, Nairobi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hanoi Resource Centre </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Workshop on Bridging Research & Policy <ul><li>CUTS-ODI partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Participants from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka </li></ul><ul><li>workshop focused on certain ‘core elements’: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of CSOs in policymaking/influencing in South Asia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyzing context of policy influencing (processes) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing an effective intervention strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of communication in advocacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Merits of coalition building and networking </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Role of CSOs in policy-making in South Asia <ul><li>‘ Collaborative’ Vs ‘Confrontationist’ approach </li></ul><ul><li>Proper understanding of the politics and political processes </li></ul><ul><li>Equal emphasis on Spatial and Temporal aspect of policy advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Divergent opinions among CSOs often hinder consensus-building </li></ul><ul><li>Need for proper Communication Strategy to articulate views/stand </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Proactive’ Vs ‘Reactive’ advocacy approach </li></ul>
  6. 6. Role of CSOs in policy-making in South Asia <ul><li>Attention to collecting non-existent evidences </li></ul><ul><li>Functional issues or Structural aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary outreach – an effective tool </li></ul><ul><li>Need for a participatory approach </li></ul><ul><li>Critical issue of representation by CSOs </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to attribute ‘policy change’ to solitary initiative </li></ul>
  7. 7. Analyzing the Context for influencing policy <ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of evidence on specific developmental issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ National level advocacy’ element missing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Absence of coordination between the Ministries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural aspects are sometimes/often ignored </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify and prioritise ‘core’ issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Useful Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem Tree Analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SWOT/SLOT/SWOC analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research And Policy In Development (RAPID) Framework </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Developing an effective intervention strategy <ul><li>Essential Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Linkage between local and national level advocacy strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement of the media as a partner rather than as a publicising platform </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination between research and advocacy team </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of strength and weakness of a team/organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate ‘Core Competencies’ while designing interventions </li></ul><ul><li>Useful Tools: </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Entrepreneurship Matrix </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Force Field Analysis </li></ul>
  9. 9. Role of communication in advocacy <ul><li>Essential Elements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective Communication Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying target audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Balancing combination of ‘persuasion’ and ‘lobbying’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying and usage of appropriate tools/methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proper knowledge management & documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Selling’ the messages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Useful Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writeshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing policy position papers/briefing papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lobbying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campaigning </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Coalition Building and Networking <ul><li>Important Factors </li></ul><ul><li>Objective Oriented (Specific Goals) </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Goodwill among members </li></ul><ul><li>Consensus among members </li></ul><ul><li>Guard against internal competition </li></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>Evidence-based Policy In Development network (EBPDN, www.ebpdn.org) </li></ul><ul><li>South Asia Training Manual </li></ul><ul><li>Future: Evidence-based Policy Advocacy Projects implemented by country partners </li></ul><ul><li>This is just the Beginning!! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Project Research Outcome <ul><ul><li>Multiple Stakeholder engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance public understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple yet effective means of communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dissemination and Feedback through Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participatory Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media to convey outcomes extensively for public understanding </li></ul></ul>Policies encourage consumer participation in reforms Consumers/representatives voice their views, demands, and concerns on specific policies that affect their lives PRACTICE CHANGE POLICY CHANGE Policy and Practice Change <ul><li>Communication Channel between consumer/representatives and government/policy-makers </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentarians’ briefings (PARFORE, Bill Blow-up) </li></ul><ul><li>Media to communicate pros and cons of policy changes </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange of opinions with policy-makers (e.g., CIA) </li></ul>Objective Change Policy Influencing Process at CUTS
  13. 13. Thank you for your attention! CUTS International Email: [email_address] , [email_address] , [email_address] Web: www.cuts-international.org

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