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West Africa Civil Society Institute Strengthening Civil Society


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Policy Advocacy and Engagement

Application deadline: September 07, 2015

This course gives participants a thorough understanding of theories of change and how to influence processes in their own context to achieve social, political and policy change. Participants will build on existing skills to help plan and deliver effective advocacy strategies and build capacity and confidence in the ways in which relate to different audiences. Participants will also have a more thorough understanding of power dynamics and the operating space for civil society.

This particular course has been designed to raise awareness of the various aspects of challenges of civil society actors in conducting effective policy advocacy. The course will help participants to sharpen their vision, language and tools to advance the respective goals of their organization’s and as well enhance their individual skills in policy advocacy and engagement.

Objectives of the course
At the end of the course participants will be able to:
• Gain insight into the public policy perspective central to framing policy advocacy-oriented communication tools;
• Understand how policy papers, as the main example of policy communication tools, can support an evidence-based decision-making process;
• Build insight into a strategic approach to planning an advocacy campaign
• Analyse and reflect upon strategies for increasing the likelihood of achieving desired policy influence in the writing and using of policy papers;
• Build insight into the structure and advocacy purposes of the two main types of policy papers: the policy study and policy brief;
• Compare the differences between traditional academic writing and applied real world policy writing;
•Deepen understanding through analysis of relevant policy case studies & real world policy papers;
• Determine a suitable focus and objective for an advocacy campaign targeting the local policy context;
• Build insight into the nature of persuasive advocacy messages.

Course Methodology
• Presentations
• Case studies
• Group work
• Discussions

Target audience
This course is intended for civil society practitioners who have experience in doing advocacy and would like to explore some of the more complex and challenging aspects in a more discursive context.

Previous Participants Say…
"This training provided me with skills to write policy studies and briefs. This is a gap that must be closed in the West Africa sub region”. Rev. Fr Evaristus Bassey, Executive Secretary at Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria.

How to Apply: Complete, sign and email application form to or
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Contribution Fee: A Course contribution fee of  $450 (Four Hundred and Fifty Dollars Only, excluding bank transfer charges if applicable). The fee covers: Tuition, Feeding, Training materials, WACSI Publications and Certificate of Participation.

Participants will bear all costs related to transportation to and accommodation in Accra, Ghana.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 07, 2015

Language of instruction: English

Download call for application here

Download list of courses scheduled for 2015 here


26-29 August, 2013

07-10 October, 2014

06-09 October, 2015

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