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Content related to: policy analysis, policy dialogue and policy impact in the context of development programmes and projects

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MDF Asia - ADVOCACY AND POLICY INFLUENCING, 7 - 10 Aug 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Course Objective

In these times of social media, lobbying for changes has become an everyday activity for individuals with a conscience. In the interests of creating sustainable changes, more organisations are shifting from service delivery to influencing changes to the policy environment. 

This course offers an extensive planning framework and builds essential skills to engage in lobbying and advocating for positive changes.

Course Highlights:

  • Understand how to embed advocacy and policy actions in your organisation's change plans;
  • Learn how to plan, prepare, implement, and evaluate advocacy initiatives by using practical tools and methods;
  • Learn how to conduct stakeholders analysis and the policy context;
  • Gain insights into how to build strong coalitions, select your political targets, and frame your messages in convincing ways;
  • Learn how to conduct a lobby meeting.

For whom?

You are a professional engaged in advocacy, civil society capacity building, governance or transparency programmes. You represent a network, an alliance, an association or a trade-union. You defend the interests of many or promote rights for your target groups.

Course Agenda

Day 1 

Introduction to concepts relating to API and Policy Influencing Cycle

Develop Vision/Mission

Discuss about Theory of Change

Day 2  

Gain insights on Policy mapping, Situation analysis/PESTLE analysis

Introduction to CLASP principles

Skills training: Elevator pitch

Day 3  

Learn how to conduct stakeholders analysis, including discussion on working with allies and opponents

Discuss about chain of influences, networks, and alliances

Learn more on communications and phrasing the messages

Skills training: practise a lobby meeting

Day 4  

Discuss about outcome challenge and progress makers

Understand about indicators and outcome journal

Skills training: policy debate

Course language: English

Course fee: EUR 830 including training venue, lunches, refreshments, materials and certificate, excluding 10% tax

Discounts: 10% for MDF alumni; 01 free place for organizations sending 6 staffs on the same course


For more information, please visit our website at contact us at; Phone number: +84 (0)24 6258 4438


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