ADVOCACY AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT FOR THE SDG'S
QOEN Consulting is increasingly being asked by our clients “how can we best make our voice heard to change and amend existing laws, policies or strategies”?
Several of our clients from Civil Society Organisations and United Nations agencies see their landscapes of work changing. Government agencies are increasingly delivering social services in a more effective manner. However, when looking at the policy landscapes in the sectors we work, there are many challenges to be overcome. But the “promise” of a positive policy change is that it touches on the lives of many people, or even an entire nation. A small policy change can lead to big changes in the lives of all affected individuals. Therefore, it is worthwhile to work on advocacy and policy development, despite the challenges and long term timespan these activities may bring.
Many of us feel like spectators nowadays, when it comes to participating in activities related to policy change. It almost seems as if nobody will speak for your interests if you are not well organised. And most of us are not in the club of the decision makers, and even if we are, how can we really exert any influence over the bigger issues at stake. We have also never been taught how to address our challenges at the policy levels, and yet, if we are not raising our voice, somebody else will decide on our behalf.
However, HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS!
In reality any of us actually have the capacity to become powerful advocates. Several advocacy NGOs/CSOs and international agencies have achieved good results. But good advocacy requires clarity of purpose, thorough preparation, imagination, and sometimes sheer luck.
QOEN Consulting supports you and your agency with advice, tools and skills building for advocacy and policy development activities. This support helps our participants to plan and strategize for policy change, and plan for advocacy campaigns.
Starting with a thorough "Policy Analysis", QOEN Consulting will provide the necessary background information in relation to a specific sector policy. QOEN Consulting uses in-depth "Stakeholder Analysis & Mapping", to identify the best alliances and multi-stakeholder partnerships, or to assess an ongoing partnership, in order to prepare for an effective campaign. QOEN Consulting facilitates successful "multi-stakeholder dialogue", and facilitates multi-stakeholder partnerships, alliances, or networks for advocacy work. "QOEN Consulting supports with Policy Mapping tools and techniques., QOEN Consulting provides support with effective Advocacy Campaigns and "Communications Strategies", and messaging to plan ahead and create an effective advocacy campaign.
QOEN Consulting uses "Results Based Management" and "Outcome Mapping" as an approach to effectively monitor advocacy work. This approach uses progress markers and advocacy indicators to monitor progress. The approach can also include the development of "risk management strategies", and support to the development of a "policy campaign" and Advocacy Strategy. We sincerely believe that with dedication, thorough planning and the right mindset, we can support your advocacy campaign development, and through you, hope to make a difference in this world..