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  • 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”
    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.
  • Universal Health Care-Primary Health Care Self-Assessment Tool
    Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage/Results for Development (R4D)
    Tool collaboratively designed with input from 50 representatives from Joint Leadership Network (JLN) member countries and global partners. It is a rapid diagnostic instrument that captures the perspectives of various stakeholders, identifies misalignments between health financing and service delivery goals and creates the space to discuss changes that can lead to improved delivery of primary health care. (October 2015)
  • Tools for Effective Advocacy
    Bolder Advocacy, Alliance for Justice
    Tools geared towards building the capacity of nonprofits to advocate and organize for smart public policies.
  • Theory of change for advocacy and campaigns
    Video and summary explain how a theory of change approach can help advocates make connections between what they are doing and the change they want to see in order to increase their impact. It focuses on four questions that guide the process for developing a TOC for advocacy.
  • “The Unified Accountability Framework: Supporting country-led efforts with the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health”
    Every Woman Every Child
    Multi-stakeholder accountability framework provides a way of organizing and bringing together diverse stakeholders and critical elements to help countries drive results, resources and rights in support of the Global Strategy.
  • The Organizational Capacity Assessment Suite of Tools
    Health Policy Project/USAID
    Suite of tools helps organizations or institutions along the path to becoming organizations capable of fulfilling the functions necessary to achieve health policy objectives in low- and middle-income countries. The tools are highly participatory and designed to be facilitated by someone outside an organization’s staff. (2014)
  • The Art of Knowledge Exchange: A Results-Focused Planning Guide for Development Practitioners
    World Bank
    Guide and other resources support the design, implementation, and measurement of a results-oriented knowledge exchange initiative focused on connecting and facilitating engagement between knowledge seekers and providers. Available in several languages. (2015)
  • The Advocacy Strategy Framework: A tool for articulating an advocacy theory of change
    Center for Evaluation Innovation
    Brief offers a simple one-page tool for thinking about the theories of change that underlie public policy advocacy strategies. It presents the tool and then offers six questions that advocates, and funders working with advocates, can work through to better articulate their theories of change. (March 2015)
  • The Advocacy Iceberg (Podcast)
    Campaigning Effectiveness
    Site includes various resources, including podcasts, blogs, and publications, developed by Jim Coe and Tess Kingham (and colleagues), specialists who provide strategy and evaluation support to organisations engaged in campaigning, advoacy and social change.
  • The Activist Toolkit: Developing the Skills to Become a Trained Citizen Advocate
    Toolkit is a step-by-step guide on how to introduce yourself, new volunteers, and other community activists to concrete actions that can be taken to develop skills as effective citizen activists.
  • Template for Social Media Control
    Template helps audit Social Medial Networks in order to better align social media with an organization’s goals.
  • Tanzanian civil society campaigning for change
    Center for Advocacy and Empowerment
    Case studies describe the experiences and learning from three advocacy campaigns in Tanzania, drawing common lessons learned. They are aimed at informing and inspiring other CSOs in Tanzania and other countries. Through the open participation of the campaigning organizations, these case studies provide an unvarnished, behind-the-scenes look at campaigning in Tanzania.
  • Taking Advocacy Campaigns Off Auto-pilot
    Stanford Social Innovation Review
    Article discusses the need for advocacy organizations to take more chances with technology and think beyond existing tools to achieve greater impact. (September 2016)
  • Supporting the Use of Research Evidence (SURE)
    Collaborative project that works to strengthen evidence-informed policy-making in Africa by building on and supporting the Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) in Africa and the Region of East Africa Community Health (REACH) Policy Initiative. Initial results and potential applications are included on the website.
  • Stronger markets, increased access to maternal health supplies
    Series of advocacy papers provides specific and actionable recommendations that advocates and decision-makers—globally and in three target countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Nigeria—can use to raise awareness of the urgent actions needed and push for positive policy change to improve the quality and availability of essential maternal health products. (August 2016)
  • Stronger Health Advocates, Greater Health Impacts: A workshop curriculum on strengthening advocacy coalitions (Facilitator’s Guide)
    Workshop curriculum is a step-by-step guide to forming action-oriented coalitions that can more strategically engage in advocacy. (2015)