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  • Effective Strategies to Support Advocacy Campaigns: Considerations For Funders and Advocates
    TCC Group
    This report provides insights collected by TCC Group from funders and advocates interviewed across the United States, mainly to support funding and campaign efforts. Respondents noted that while considerable attention has been paid to factors informing the development of sound campaign strategy, comparatively less attention has been paid to the structural and operational issues that hinder successful campaigns.
  • RHSC Youth Caucus Key Messages on Young People’s RH Supplies Access
    Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition
    This document is a powerful call to action, asking governments, CSOs, research institutions, the private sector and the international community to address young people’s reproductive health supply needs in a number of specific ways. The key messages can be used to advocate for political and financial support at national (local, in country) and international level for young people to acquire accurate information (and life skills) around sexual and reproductive health and rights.  
  • MobiLab Live conversation: “Winning when it keeps getting harder to campaign”
    Mobilisation Lab
    In this live conversation, MobiLab engages panelists Scovia Arinaitwe, Reza Ghazinouri and Hajnalka Schmidt on how campaigners and activists are mobilising and organising in high-risk environment. States and companies are restricting or influencing free speech, funding, internet access and the ability of change makers, movements and NGOs to operate in the open. People campaigning and advocating for change are being jailed, threatened and even killed. This is happening across democratic and authoritarian states.
  • Universal Health Coverage 2030 Advocacy Guide
    UHC 2030
    This is a guide to promote health systems strengthening to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). It builds on the recommendations set forth in Accelerating Political Momentum for Universal Health Coverage: UHC 2030 Framework for Advocates (Framework for Advocates) to include tactical considerations and resources to help a broad range of advocates across varying sectors conceptualise and execute advocacy initiatives that are grounded in the belief that UHC is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. This guide will be updated on an annual basis to ensure that existing and emerging advocates continue to have the resources needed to call for UHC.
  • Next Generation Kenya Qualitative Research Findings
    British Council
    This report presents findings from multi-method qualitative research with young people in Kenya, one of the several elements of the British Council’s Next Generation Kenya Research and Advocacy Project. Kenya is one of many ‘youth bulge’ nations, facing the dual opportunity and threat of a sizable young adult population rising to meet an economy that does not yet have obvious roles for them to fill. This means pathways to economic stability can be unclear – but also that there is opportunity for creative, exciting new pathways to be forged by a new generation.
  • What Makes an Effective Coalition
    TCC Group and The California Endowment
    This report provides insights into characteristics of effective coalitions by looking into the capacity of organisations to be good coalition members and assessing the impact of coalition work.    
  • Building Advocacy Coalitions for Greater Action and Accountability
    Asia-Pacific Leadership and Policy Dialogue for Women’s and Children’s Health
    The participation of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in multi-stakeholder advocacy coalitions enables them to have a voice in decision-making processes alongside “traditional” decision makers such as governments and the donor agencies.
  • Strengthening National Advocacy Coalitions for Improved Women’s and Children’s Health
    The Partnerships for Maternal New Born and Child Health
    This document, ‘Strengthening National Advocacy Coalitions for Improved Women’s and Children’s Health’, is a follow up of the 2013 report on the work of national CSO coalitions. It reports on further progress made by different CSO coalitions in nine countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda in advocating for the implementation of commitments made by governments towards improving the health of women and children.
  • Working in coalitions
    Centre for Lobbying in the Public Interest
    Often, one of the most powerful ways for nonprofits to engage in the public policy process is by working in coalition with other nonprofits. Effective coalitions can amplify nonprofit voices to legislators and the public, as well as allow coalition members to share the costs of their advocacy efforts.
  • Webinar: “Integrating social media and traditional media to enhance advocacy work: Proven effective strategies for advocates”
    Advocacy Accelerator
    The Advocacy Accelerator’s webinar on “Integrating social and traditional media to enhance advocacy work: Proven effective strategies for advocates” held on 28th March 2018, provided a good number of insights into the use of diverse media tools in advocacy. The panellists, Ibrahim Batambuze (Reach a Hand Uganda), Paul Ekuru (Well Told Story, Kenya) and Dr.Ayodele Alonge (CARTA Fellow, Nigeria) shared vivid and powerful examples of integrating social and traditional media and demonstrated how blending the two leads to enhance impact. The discussion was expertly moderated by Neema Iyer (Founder, Pollicy Uganda). Learn more from this audio recording.
  • National Civil Society Coalitions on the Sustainable Development Goals – A Mapping
    Together 2030
    The report launched by Together 2030, in a partnership with the Norwegian Forum for Development and the Environment (ForUM)  reviews the organization of national civil society coalitions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • From Paper to Practice: Sexuality Education Policies and Their Implementation in Kenya
    Guttmacher Institute and African Population and Research Centre
    This report presents an analysis of policies and curricula on sexuality education in Kenya and their implementation in secondary schools, focusing on key stakeholders and the experiences of principals, teachers and students in three geographically and ethnically diverse counties: Homa Bay, Mombasa and Nairobi.
  • Women Enabled International’s accountABILITY Toolkit
    Women Enabled International
    Women Enabled International’s accountABILITY Toolkit empowers women with disabilities and organisations working on their behalf to use U.N. human rights mechanisms to ensure that the human rights violations women with disabilities experience receive redress and that statements, recommendations, observations, and guidance from the U.N. incorporate an intersectional gender and disability rights perspective.
  • The NEW Family Planning Global Handbook
    Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
    This handbook recently released by Population Reference Bureau (PRB), offers clear, up-to-date information and advice to help providers meet clients’ needs and inform their choice and use of contraception. The Handbook is also an excellent resource for training and can help to reinforce supervision. It also includes new WHO recommendations that expand contraceptive choices
  • EVALNEWS:Evaluation and advocacy newsletter
    The EVALnews newsletter by UNICEF has a thematic focus on evaluation and advocacy. It asserts that advocacy is complex, fast paced, and dynamic and therefore difficult to evaluate. To face the challenge of evaluating advocacy, this current issue presents some resources that evaluators can use. The highlights section includes a brief on the upcoming EvalFest 2018: Voice, visibility and Value conference that will be held in New Delhi, India
  • TURNING PROMISES INTO ACTION:Gender Equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    This summarized report provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data, and provides practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes.
  • Inaugural Lecture:“Working in coalitions and why this is critical for advocacy in our modern age”
    Advocacy Accelerator
    How can advocates overcome challenges facing multi-sectoral alliances and coalitions in Africa? Learn more from the Advocacy Accelerator’s Inaugural Lecture by the Executive Director of Amnesty International Kenya, Irungu Houghton. Nairobi, 8th February 2018. Click on the links to access the recordings :Audio (full lecture) Video (highlights)
  • Webinar: Donor funding for advocacy in the Global South: Are funding models for local advocacy fit for purpose?
    Advocacy Accelerator
    In this webinar recording, the panelists  discussed the opportunities and challenges related to funding for local advocacy both from an advocate and donor’s perspective. While doing so, they provided more insights on how donors and advocates can work together towards reforming the funding architecture. Through this approach, donors and advocates will use this platform to continue the conversation on this important topic and this will allow for each constituency to better understand each other’s challenges while allowing for the possibility of co-designing solutions to the problems faced. The objectives of the webinar were:To deepen understanding of how donors are supporting national and sub-national advocacy to promote Africa’s health and development agenda. To gain additional insights into donor criteria for decision making and the factors that determine donor resource allocation for health advocacy by local partners in Africa. To learn and share effective approaches to negotiating flexible funding for local advocacy. To provide a platform for advocates and donors to exchange perspectives on opportunities and challenges in relation to funding models and joint partnerships for local advocacy efforts.Meet the Speakers Alex le May is Deputy Fund Director for AmplifyChange, providing technical support to civil society led sexual and reproductive health and rights policy and advocacy projects. Alex has 10 years’ experience as a sexual and reproductive health...
  • Webinar: Media as a critical partner in advocacy: How to ignite the power of media for advocacy impact
    Advocacy Accelerator
    The media has the power to influence and shape public opinion. The purpose of media in advocacy is to improve news coverage of critical issues and thereby mobilise citizens and community groups in support of a particular cause. Wandera Ojanji is a seasoned advocate and media strategist with over 15 years and Pamella Sittoni is a Managing Editor at The East African deconstruct the subject matter breaking it down to pieces that are palatable to advocates and any other person interested in media issues.
  • ICTs’ for Feminist Movement Building
    APC, Just Associates, Womens Net
    This toolkit aims to help organisations and activists to strengthen our use of ICTs to help build movements that challenge inequality and put women’s voices and experiences front and centre in our communications. We cannot create change alone. We must build movements that work on many fronts and lift up the voices and experiences of many.
  • Advancing Women Leaders in Africa
    Wilson Centre
    The global community knows when women are in leadership, society as a whole benefits. Women political leaders tend to focus on social issues, such as health, education, and food security to name a few examples.6 Women leaders have been seen to be risk takers and propose innovative solutions to societal challenges. They are advocates of peace, and are crucial participants in mediating conflicts around the world. Their leadership approach is inclusive and takes into account the community’s needs
  • Scaling Accountability through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy Monitoring and Advocacy
    UKaid, Sida, USAID, Omidyar Network
    This paper makes the case for one among several possible strategic approaches by distinguishing between “scaling up” and “taking scale into account”. This proposition grounds an explanation of the vertical integration strategy, which involves multi-level coordination by civil society organisations of policy monitoring and advocacy, grounded in broad pro-accountability constituencies.
  • Adolescent Reproductive Health Advocacy Kit
    Advocates for Youth
    Advocacy is critical in efforts to ensure that adolescent reproductive and sexual health programs are enacted, funded, implemented and maintained. Advocacy (like lobbying) seems intimidating to many—but the idea is more frightening than the activity. All advocacy involves is making a case in favor of a particular cause using skillful persuasion and/or strategic action.
  • Advocating for Change for Adolescents
    The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
    Today, there are more young people in the world than ever before, including 1.2 billion adolescents.1 Young people can bring about unprecedented societal and economic progress. However, they can only transform the world if they survive and thrive. Adolescence is a critical phase in the development of physical, cognitive, emotional, social and economic capacities.
  • Demography Dividend: Projecting Policy Changes to Reap a Demographic Dividend
    Policymakers in high-fertility countries are increasingly enthusiastic about the demographic dividend: the potential for faster economic growth due to changes in population age structure. But a demographic dividend cannot be achieved without strategic, integrated investments and policy changes in multiple sectors. To provide evidence about the specific investments needed and their benefits, the Health Policy Project (HPP) developed the new Demography Dividend (DemDiv) model.
  • Ensuring Access to Comprehensive Health Services
    FHI 360
    While many countries continue to face daunting obstacles to realizing access to health services for all girls and women, there are demonstrated strategies that can help them break down these barriers. This brief discusses some of the solutions that can help communities ensure that girls and women have access to a comprehensive range of services promoting their right to physical and mental health.
  • Accélération des approches africaines en matière de plaidoyer: Passer de la conversation à l’action.
    Accelerateur du plaidoyer
    Objectifs du webinaire:Donner une vue d’ensemble de la façon dont l’Accélérateur du Plaidoyer répond aux besoins des militants pour la santé et du développement en Afrique. Présenter les besoins, les défis et les solutions du plaidoyer. Obtenir des notions du ‘comment faire le plaidoyer’: Usage de la technologie, des medias sociaux et des plateformes émergentes pour la réalisation des objectifs du plaidoyer.
  • Webinar: Accelerating African approaches to advocacy: From conversation to action. A debate with African advocates
    Advocacy Accelerator
    Objectives of the Webinar:To provide an overview of how the Advocacy Accelerator meets the needs of Africa’s health and development advocates. To present contextual advocacy needs, challenges and solutions. To gain insights on the ‘how of advocacy’: Use of technology, social media and emerging platforms to achieve your advocacy goals. 
  • The Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Very Young Adolescents Aged 10–14 in Developing Countries: What Does the Evidence Show?
    Report draws on analyses of national survey data and literature review results to provide an overview of the evidence on key aspects of sexual and reproductive health among very young adolescents aged 10–14 living in developing regions. (May 2017)
  • U-Report
    Social messaging tool allows anyone from anywhere in the world to respond to polls, report issues, support child rights an work as positive agents of change on behalf of people in their country. Register by following @UReportGlobal on Twitter or send ‘JOIN’ to U-Report Global on Facebook Messenger.
  • Strengthening Family Planning Policies and Programs in Developing Countries: An Advocacy Toolkit
    Toolkit assists RH/FP advocates in promoting policy dialogue on the health, social and economic benefits of increasing access to family planning services. (December 2005)
  • Create and Deliver Your EPIC Laser Talk
    Guidance on how to speak powerfully about an issue. An easy format to use to create powerful “laser talks” – short and compelling talks, less than 2 minutes long, that are the backbone of advocacy work. The acronym EPIC serves as a reminder of the basiscs: Engage, state the Problem, Inform about the solution, and give the Call to action.
  • Advocacy Capacity Assessment Tool
    CARE, HealthNet TOP, Save the Children, ZOA, Dutch Consortium for Rehabilitation
    Tool to assess civil society organizations on a range of key capacities for effective advocacy. It has a focus on fragile states. The tool is to be used as a guideline by the facilitator. (September 2014)
  • Network Capacity Analysis: A toolkit for assessing and building capacities for high quality responses to HIV
    International HIV/AIDS Alliance Frontiers Prevention Project
    Toolkit can be used by networks to help identify their capacity building needs, plan technical support interventions, and monitor and evaluate the impact of capacity building. It provides a structured approach to generating both quantitative and qualitative information about the situation of the organisation at the time of analysis. The resulting outcomes can also be used to track progress when developing capacity. (2007)
  • What Makes an Effective Advocacy Organization? A Framework for Determining Advocacy Capacity
    TCC Group
    Report identifies distinctive characteristics that are critical to high-performing advocacy organizations. It outlines a model for evaluating organizational capacity for advocacy organizations and describes in detail the capacities that are critical to advocacy and how they interrelate to each other. (January 2009)
  • Advocacy Sourcebook
    Tool can be used to assist organisations in drawing up advocacy action plans that aim to improve the water supply and sanitation situation of the poorest people in the countries where they work. However, The Advocacy Sourcebook is written and structured so as to be useful to any individual, group or organisation seeking to carry out advocacy work on their own issues in any country in the world.(September 2007)
  • PITCH Programme Advocacy Tools- Capacity Assessment
    Planning and monitoring tool used as part of the Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV  (PITCH) programme which provides guidelines and a template focused on completing an advocacy capacity assessment. For the purposes of advocacy M&E, capacity assessments can be used to gather information on the current level of knowledge and skills of advocates or organisations undertaking advocacy linked to the PITCH programme aims. The results are then used to shape capacity strengthening plans with a view to repeat the assessment after 6 months. The aim is to improve on the scores of the first assessment for key areas of requiring support and therefore measure capacity strengthening progress over time.
  • PITCH Programme Advocacy Tools- Advocacy Log
    Planning and monitoring tool used as part of the Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV  (PITCH) programme which provides guidelines and a template focused on completing an Advocacy Log.
  • PITCH Programme Advocacy Tools- Advocacy Asks
    Planning and monitoring tool used as part of the Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV  (PITCH) programme which provides guidelines and a template focused on Advocacy Asks.
  • Creating the Greatest Impact
    Website includes resources that support High Impact Practices (HIPs), a set of evidence-based family planning practices vetted by experts against specific criteria and documented in an easy-to-use format. HIPs help programs focus resources for greatest impact.
  • Youth Toolkit on SIDS (Small Island Developing States) and Climate Change
    The Commonwealth
    Toolkit is a resource for anyone who wants to find out key information on climate change science, impacts and negotiations, both from a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) perspective and beyond, post the Paris Agreement. The toolkit, written by youth, for youth, provides the youth reader with key advocacy lessons, as well as success stories, initiatives and interviews of young people in the field of climate change. (2016)
  • Young people as advocates: Your action for change toolkit
    Step-by-step guide to help plan, implement, or improve advocacy initiatives focused on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. (2011)
  • Witness in South Africa: Video Advocacy Training for LGBTI Activists
    Video about six-day training session for LGBTI activists in South Africa focused on video advocacy strategies, storytelling for action, and distribution.(July 2015)
  • White Ribbon Alliance and George Nkhoma
    White Ribbon Alliance
    Blog written by a midwife and citizen representative for the White Ribbon Alliance, and an example of powerful storytelling for advocacy. (November 2016)
  • Where Change Happens: How international NGOs are shifting the focus of their advocacy & campaigning towards the Global South
    The Eden Stanley Group
    Report looks at how 30 INGOs are adapting their advocacy approaches to have a greater focus on influencing governments in the Global South, often with limited resources, and under pressure to demonstrate impact quickly.(July 2015)
  • What the US can learn from Ethiopia about birth control
    Case study and lessons learned about birth control and long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARC) use in Ethiopia.(May 2016)
  • What Organizational Processes are Most Critical for Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting to Take Hold?
    USAID Learning Lab
    Blog explores the need to focus on organizational processes as essential for collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA). (July 2016)
  • Web Writing for Beginners: Top Ten Tips
    Guidelines on web writing for those that want to publish information about their advocacy efforts but don’t know where to start.
  • Using evidence to drive action: A “revolution in accountability” to implement quality care for better maternal and newborn health in Africa
    Evidence for Action
    Paper discusses the Evidence for Action (E4A) program which uses evidence to drive action and accountability to improve maternal and newborn survival in six African countries. The paper introduces E4A, the rationale that underpins the program design, and presents initial findings on how information and data currently feed into accountability and implementation across the six E4A countries. (July 2014)
  • USAID Leadership, Management & Governance Project: Tools, Resources, and Publications
    Various products based on USAID’s experiences providing management assistance to international public health programs. They offer sound advice and practical guidance for strengthening health services for greater health impact.
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