This issue of ONTRAC looks at capacity building for advocacy. Following Chris Stalker’s overview of the huge shift towards placing a greater emphasis on advocacy in development work in recent years, and the pertinent issues around this, other articles explore experiences of this complex process from a diverse range of settings.
Sehjo Singh, the director of the National Centre for Advocacy Studies in India, reflects on how the centre tries to strengthen people-centred advocacy through models such as the ‘community learning movement’. Rod MacLeod summarises the lessons learnt from capacity development with CSOs in seven African countries around ensuring that the benefits of oil resources can be shared more widely and fairly.
Clare Moberly discusses her work with Oxfam in their advocacy programming – an example of an INGO focusing more on national level advocacy and incorporating advocacy into its programming at country level. This highlights challenges such as the new types of skills that staff need if they are to be involved in supporting southern advocacy more. Finally, Jan Knight, Capacity Building Adviser to SAVI in Nigeria, describes this unique initiative and its promising results so far in strengthening advocacy capacity on both the ‘supply’ and ‘demand’ sides.
ONTRAC 47. Empowered to Influence - Capacity Building for Advocacy