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What is the Networking for Policy Change: An Advocacy Training Manual ?

It is through advocacy—a set of targeted actions in support of a specific cause—that a supportive and self-sustaining environment for family planning and reproductive health goals can be created. This training manual was prepared to help representatives of NGOs and other formal groups of civil society form and maintain advocacy networks and develop effective family planning/reproductive health advocacy skills. The manual's tools and approaches can be used to affect FP/RH policy decisions at the international, national, regional, and local levels.

The manual is based on the principle that advocacy strategies and methods can be learned. The building blocks of advocacy are the formation of networks, the identification of political opportunities, and the organization of campaigns. The manual includes a section on each of these building blocks, with specific subjects presented in individual units. Units within each section contain background notes, learning objectives, and handouts. While the manual can be used in its entirety, it is designed to be used in sections depending on the particular needs of the network. The manual promises to be a useful and practical tool for NGOs and other organizations committed to improving the quality of family planning and reproductive health programs.

Click here for the entire document in English, Spanish or French

English Version


Section 1. The Power of Numbers: Networking for Impact

Section 2. Actors, Issues, and Opportunities: Assessing the Policy Environment

Section 3. The Advocacy Strategy: Mobilizing for Action

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Spanish Version


Sección I. El poder de los números: Formar redes para lograr impacto

Sección II. Protagonistas, temas y oportunidades: Evaluación del ambiente político

Sección III. La estrategia de defensa y promoción: Hacia la acción

French Version


Section I Le pouvoir du nombre : former des réseaux efficaces

Section II Intervenants, thèmes et possibilités : évaluer l'environnement politique

Section III La stratégie de plaidoyer : Se mobiliser pour l'action