Making Change Happen: Advocacy and Citizen Participation

The Making Change Happen workshop brought together innovative activists and thinkers to reclaim advocacy and citizen participation as deep and ongoing processes of organizing, consciousness raising, political empowerment and social transformation to benefit the poor and marginalized. This report is structured around the key themes addressed during the meeting:

  • Engagement in advocacy – When is a policy space strategic and when is it just window dressing?
  • Issue-based struggle or struggle-based issue  – Linking social transformation and policy advocacy
  • Who’s who in advocacy – Identity, representation and legitimacy
  • How to assess success – Evaluation for learning