A New Weave of Power, People and Politics
The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation
This field manual provides a well-tested approach for promoting citizen participation. It breaks down the traditional boxes separating human rights, rule of law, development, and governance, and reconnects them in order to create an integrated approach to rights-based political empowerment. A New Weave of Power, People & Politics combines concrete and practical 'action steps' with a sound theoretical foundation to help users understand the process of advocacy planning and implementation. This is an 'Action Guide' that builds on the authors' 50 years of combined experience in advocacy, gender, human rights, popular education, and social change. These collective experiences were gathered in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and North America, and they range from participatory research and community development, to neighbourhood organizing and legal rights education, to large-scale campaign advocacy. It delves more deeply into questions of citizenship, constituency-building, social change, gender, and accountability.
|PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING POLITICS|
|Chapter 1: Politics and Advocacy|
|Chapter 2: Democracy and Citizenship|
|Chapter 3: Power and Empowerment|
|Chapter 4: Constructing Empowering Strategies|
|PART TWO: PLANNING ADVOCACY|
|Chapter 5: The Basics of Planning for Citizen-Centered Advocacy|
|Chapter 6: Planning Moment #1 - Looking Inward|
|Chapter 7: Planning Moment #2 - Understanding the Big Picture|
|Chapter 8: Planning Moment #3 - Identifying and Defining Problems|
|Chapter 9: Planning Moment #4 - Analyzing Problems & Selecting Priority Issues|
|Chapter 10: Planning Moment #5 - Mapping Advocacy Strategies|
|Chapter 11: Finding Policy Hooks and Political Angles|
|Chapter 12: Forces, Friends, and Foes|
|PART THREE: DOING ADVOCACY|
|Chapter 13: Messages and Media - Educating and Persuading|
|Chapter 14: Outreach and Mobilization|
|Chapter 15: Maneuvering on the Inside: Lobbying and Negotiating|
|Chapter 16: Advocacy Leadership|
|Chapter 17: Alliances and Coalitions|
Lisa VeneKlasen Lisa VeneKlasen is Executive Director & Co-Founder of Just Associates, an international advocacy and learning organization. She has worked closely with dozens of NGOs, social movements and grassroots groups on people-centered advocacy and advocacy training. She has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Valerie Miller Dr Valerie Miller is Senior Advisor & Co-Founder of Just Associates. She was formlery Policy Advocacy Director at Oxfam America and Director of Policy and Exchange Programs at the Institute for Development Research. She has a doctorate in adult education.
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