DMCDD will give priority to support the strengthening of the Southern Partners’ advocacy work locally, regionally and nationally. The challenge is to think of advocacy as a strategic approach in each individual smaller effort. This means that advocacy should not be understood in a narrow sense as lobbying aimed at political process. Advocacy should be understood as strengthening the participation of civil society in political processes aiming at democratising and changing of decision making processes in the favour of the poor.
The relevant political level can be the partner church or organisation itself, or it can be the local, regional and national governmental levels. Advocacy entails networking and local mobilisation through the Southern partners’ own channels. Advocacy issues could be HIV/AIDS, the environment, human- and civic rights, gender etc.
A review on advocacy among a sample of partner organisations working with DMCDD was carried through in December 2007. Please download the Final report and Catalogue of lessons learnt and good examples for further information.
Based on these findings the DMCDD advocacy strategy 2009 has been developed and can be downloaded here.
Se uddrag af advocacy-strategien på dansk her.