ROOTS 1+2 Advocacy Toolkit Advocacy toolkit

Advocacy toolkit
Section G5
Advocacy Cycle Stage 4
Taking action:
Difficult political contexts
Section G5: What characterises a
‘difficult political context’?
• The government may be corrupt and abuse its power
• Citizens may be prevented from engaging in political
activity and advocacy work
• Electoral opposition may be treated with hostility
• There may be repeated political and civil violence
• One political party may dominate and opposing
political parties may be weak or non-existent
Section G5: Why do advocacy in a
difficult political context?
• It can open up civil society space, enabling civil
society to engage with the government
• It can encourage changes in the accountability and
transparency of government and other institutions
• It can strengthen civil society and empower citizens,
so that communities can engage in decision-making
• It can build the capacity of governments and open
them up to ideas and opportunities
Section G5: Preparing for advocacy in a
difficult political context
Build intentional strategic relationships ahead of time
Seize opportunities when they arise
Link it into existing activities
Be aware of cultural norms and worldviews
Acknowledge and confront fear
Choose an advocacy issue with wisdom
Develop a clear message
Understand how government works
Section G5: Doing advocacy in a
difficult political context
Use contextually appropriate terminology
Be collaborative, not confrontational
Avoid bribery and corruption
Use indirect approaches to access advocacy targets
Be willing to model and share good practice
Create a vision for change
Use contacts outside the country
Non-violent resistance