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Using Events to Influence Change

  1. 1. Using events to influenceVoices learning event 15 NovemberRashmi Mistry
  2. 2. AGENDA• Intro• Policy and research – SADC process• Public campaigning and mobilisation – COP17• Movement building – Rural Womens Assembly• Oxfam’s approach• Exercise• Discussion
  3. 3. WHAT ARE EVENTS?• Policy makers and decision makers meet to take decisions that could impact on the issues you care about, eg…• Global and regional: G20, G8, COP, SADC, BRICS, African Union, World Economic Forum etc…• National and local: Mangaung, provincial councils, business conferences, etc…
  4. 4. WHY DO OXFAM USEINTERNATIONAL EVENTS• Some of the reasons people are kept in poverty are structural, political decisions that happen at global levels• Debt relief and aid – G8• Trade – WTO, bilateral, regional• HIV/AIDS – MDGs, UNGA, G8 etc• Climate change – UNFCCC / COP, G20
  5. 5. INTERNATIONAL POLICIES CANLEAD TO CHANGE• Oxfam theory of change identifies some international processes as having potential to create change at national level• Used to put the spotlight and pressure on issues• For citizens to hold decision makers to account where national processes fail• But they only happen if there is national level action!
  6. 6. CASE: HOLDING GOVERNMENTAND BUSINESS TO ACCOUNTPhilippines – indigenous community used the Commission for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  7. 7. WHAT EVENTS CAN DO• Keeping poverty on the political agenda – e.g. G8, G20, UNGA, WTO – aid, trade, debt• Keeping poverty in the public eye • Added pressure on decision makers • Fundraising • Mobilisation• Facilitate civsoc networking and movement building
  8. 8. SOME OXFAM ACHIEVEMENTS• Instrumental in putting poverty on the G8 agenda• Alliance building – e.g. Rio• G8 in Germany 2009 produced $750m extra aid money• Finance on the EU agenda in climate negotiations• G8 in Canada – recommitment to Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria
  9. 9. OUR APPROACH RESEARCH LOBBYING EVIDENCE TARGET PUBLIC CAMPAIGNING MEDIA MOBILISATION
  10. 10. COP 18 IN DOHA – THE PLAN• Policy and research – produce a brief outlining problem and key asks• Lobbying – team of advocacy specialists lobby officials directly before and during event• Alliances – working together with global and local civsoc• Media – media coordinator to communicate to officials and public• Campaigning – actions and stunts to officials and public
  11. 11. QUESTIONS? L
  12. 12. THE EXERCISE• The BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa are meeting in March in Durban• Our objective:• How would you approach this?
  13. 13. THANKS!Rashmi MistryOxfam, rmistry@oxfam.org.uk

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