Introduction to Policy Advocacy and Engagement
Application deadline: August 1, 2013
Policy advocacy is a strategy to influence policy makers when they make laws and regulations, distribute resources, and make other decisions that affect people’s lives. The principal aims of advocacy are to create policies, reform policies, and ensure policies are implemented.
There are a variety of advocacy strategies, such as discussing problems directly with policy makers, delivering messages through the media, or strengthening the ability of local organizations to advocate. This course provides a step by step guide for planning advocacy initiatives, as well as advice for successful implementation.
WACSI has designed an introductory course on policy advocacy and engagement course to equip participants with fundamental concepts, basic knowledge and skills on policy advocacy, the policy making cycle, planning for advocacy campaigns and policy influencing strategies. This course will respond to basic policy making knowledge gaps within civil society in the sub-region.
Objectives of the course
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Clarify and define the main terms and concepts associated with advocacy, engagement, public policy;
• Articulate the key purposes of the policy making cycle;
• Expose participants to a range of policy communication and advocacy tools;
• Lobby and negotiate effectively in a policy influencing process; and
• Monitor and evaluate advocacy processes.
• Case studies
• Audio-visual aids
• Group work & role plays
This course has been designed for staff that are new to policy advocacy and engagement. Practitioners working within the sector who have little or no policy advocacy experience should attend this course, as do managers who are managing staff responsible for policy advocacy interventions.
600 Ghana Cedis
Participants will bear their transportation and accommodation costs.
Language of instruction: English
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19-21 August, 2013