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Identifying the Advocacy Problem

For organizations considering advocacy for the first time, LWF Cambodia’s Rights-Based Approach to Development introduces the concept of RBA where development organizations work with government and authority figures as well as populations to respect, protect and fulfill the development obligations defined in the human rights standards. A rights-based approach to programming emphasizes realizing rights and focuses on the structural causes of poverty. Thus RBA focuses on the most vulnerable, on root causes, right-holders, duty-bearers, empowerment and advocacy.

Although primarily about policy processes, Monitoring Government Policies, produced by Christian Aid, CAFOD and Trocaire begins by examining concepts of policy monitoring, identifying problems and corresponding solutions and deciding on a perspective monitoring (e.g. gender, livelihoods).

Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) is a local level advocacy methodology that transforms the dialogue between communities and government in order to improve services like health and education that impact the daily lives of communities.  CVA works by mobilizing citizens, equipping them with tools to monitor government services, and facilitating a process to improve those services.  Communities research concrete government commitments (such as the types of drugs that should be available in a clinic or the standard teacher pupil ratio in primary schools) and then compare reality against those commitments.  Communities also generate their own criteria for the performance of public facilities (like schools and clinics) and use simple methods to measure their satisfaction.  With this crucial data in hand, communities use simple tools to advocate for improved services.  The Guidance Notes include step-by-step guidelines for facilitating this process.

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