CIVICUS’ advocacy work is created in partnership with local members and partners. Their voices are featured centrally in advocacy documents and tools.
What makes this practice exemplary?
An integral part of CIVICUS’ approach is that advocacy work is done jointly with members and local partners. Advocacy work is co-created in partnerships and published with mutual consent, and advocacy positions are based on a “sense check” with voices on the ground.
CIVICUS’ main analysis tools are also developed through inputs from CSOs and networks on the ground, with quotes and data from partners included where possible. Examples can be seen in a paper documenting Democracy Dialogues in the US, and the State of Civil Society reports and the CIVICUS Monitor as finished products featuring local inputs and voices. CIVICUS also supports civil society representatives to speak for themselves in high-level discussions.
What kind of organisation is this good practice useful for?
CSOs working in partnerships with local partners