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Policy advocacy islamabad ashraf

  1. 1. W I T H A S H R A F C H A U D H R Y A S H R A F @ A S H R A F C H A U D H R Y . C O M C E L L : 0 3 2 1 9 2 7 4 7 2 3 Policy Advocacy: concept.process.tools
  2. 2. What is Policy?
  3. 3. Policy is a:  plan  course of action  set of regulations adopted by government, businesses or institutions to influence and determine decisions and procedures.
  4. 4. What is Advocacy?
  5. 5. It is a deliberate process to:  Influence  Persuade  Convince policy makers.
  6. 6. Deliberate?  Intentional  Well thought-out  Clear objectives  Desirable changes
  7. 7. Influencing  Is it shouting at government?  Is it confrontational?  Is it processions on roads?  Is it strikes?  Is it hunger strikes?  Is it dharna?  Is it long march?
  8. 8. Policy-makers  Government  Private institutions  Influential individuals  Political parties  Society’s deep rooted traditions
  9. 9. Advocacy is used to influence the choices and actions of those who make laws and regulations, and those who distribute resources and make other decisions that affect the well-being of many people.
  10. 10. What can Policy Advocacy do?  Legislation  Proclamation (public statement)  Regulation  Legal decision  Committee action  Institutional practice
  11. 11. Examples of Advocacy  Use of iodized salt  Population control  Registration of nikah nama  Getting approval of first wife to contract second marriage  Reserved seats for women  Quota systems
  12. 12. Brainstorming In pairs, please brainstorm at least two examples in each of the following categories:  Legislation  Proclamation (public statement)  Regulation  Legal decision  Committee action  Institutional practice
  13. 13. Policy Advocacy Process
  14. 14. Analysis In-depth understanding of:  Problem  People involved  Policies  Stage of implementation  Organizations  Channels of access to influential people and decision-makers.
  15. 15. Strategy Detailed course of action The strategy phase builds upon the analysis phase to:  Direct  Plan  Focus on specific goals  Position the advocacy effort with clear paths and  Achieve those goals and objectives.
  16. 16. Mobilization  Coalition-building  Events, activities, messages  Creating positive impact  Maximum participation by all coalition members  Minimizing responses from the opposition.
  17. 17. Action  Keeping all partners together  Persisting in carrying out advocacy  Repeating the message  Using the credible materials  Keeping the attention
  18. 18. Evaluation  What were the targets?  What time frame did you allocate to achieve?  What is the actual result?  What is the variance?  What went wrong?  Why went wrong?  What lessons were learnt?  What to do next?  What to avoid next?
  19. 19. Continuity  Ongoing process  Articulating long-term goals  Keeping functional coalitions together  Maintaining data and arguments in tune with changing situations.
  20. 20. Advocacy Tools  Expert informant  Honest broker  Capacity builder  Lobbyist & player  Use of media
  21. 21. Group Discussion 1. Based on the presentation, indicate what specific policy advocacy efforts made by your institution in 2009-2010? 2. What are 2 major policy issues that you feel you should focus upon as policy advocacy initiatives? 3. Develop a simple roadmap for your policy advocacy initiative.

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