- The Modules
- Introduction to the Workshop
- Steps to Establish MRM
- Introduction to Child Rights
- Impact of Armed Conflict on Children
- The Basis of MRM:
- Processes and Political Aspects of MRM
- MRM Guiding Principles
- Child Participation
- The Basics of Information Management
- Security and Safety
- Engaging with Parties to the Conflict
- MRM Phasing Out
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Caring for Staff
- Follow-up Training
- Sample Agendas
- Reference Materials
- Evaluation of Training
- Identify benefits and risks of advocacy
- Understand the framework for advocacy
- Learn the principles of advocacy for MRM
- Learn components of advocacy strategy formulation
|Session||Guided plenary discussion|
|Time required||90 minutes|
|Venue requirements||Main training room|
Breakout rooms or quiet areas
|Equipment||2-3 Flip charts|
|Resource person(s)||1 person with knowledge of the topic, able to enrich the presentation by providing concrete examples and lessons based on own experience|
|Training materials||- Advocacy Balance sheet [PDF]|
- MRM Field Manual Section K3 "Advocacy"
|Documents for participants|
|Access to materials||All the training materials are included in Folder Module 14C: Advocacy|
Prepare with three facilitators (or participants) advocacy at local, national and international - determine who will cover which level.
Pre-position 2 or 3 flipcharts at front of the plenary
- Introduction to Advocacy (15 minutes)
Three facilitators or participants each provide one concrete example of advocacy at the following levels
- Guided Plenary Discussion (60 minutes)
Commence with a series of brainstorming questions and list answers on flip charts. Following each brainstorming question, the facilitator should add any key aspects that are not included, and then provide an opportunity for discussion. Throughout the plenary discussion elicit examples from the participants to illustrate.
Brainstorm: List the issues we advocate on - related to MRM
- All six violations
- Specific issues related to different violations - e.g. recruitment, releases, medical aid for child victims
- Policy changes
- Legislative reform
Brainstorm: Who do we advocate with?
- Armed forces
- Armed groups
- UN peace-keepers
- Civilian forces (e.g. police)
- Our own organisations
- Protection and other humanitarian clusters
Brainstorm: List different types of advocacy
- Immediate results
- Long term goals
- Public advocacy
- Private advocacy
- Advocacy on policy development and change
- Advocacy on specific individual incidents
- Advocacy for humanitarian response
- Advocacy on behalf of an individual(s)
- Advocacy on MRM itself (e.g. within own organisations)
- Use of the media
Brainstorm: Who carries out the advocacy?
- SRSG CAAC
- UN Agency Directors / Commissioners
- Regional Organisations
- SRSG or RC
- UN Agency Country Directors / Heads of Agencies
- Foreign Embassy representatives or visiting foreign Government Officials
- NGO Directors
- Child Protection Advisors in UN Missions
- Head of UN Field Offices
- Protection Officers in UN agencies
Brainstorm: List potential risks associated with advocacy.
- Reduced access
- Threats to staff and programmes
- Threats to organisations - particularly local NGOs
- Threats to local population
- Threats to IDP population
- Loss of legitimacy and influence
- Distortion of messages
- Misunderstanding or conflict among partners or within organisations
- Resource intensive
- Could be used politically
Some suggestions for developing a discussion to follow from the brainstorming:
- Chose any two of the lists above and linking them ask for discussion on the challenges for carrying out advocacy.
- The issues and who we advocate with.
- And then ask what methodology is appropriate?
- Who we advocate with and the potential risks
- Reflect on the different levels of advocacy and when each level might be appropriate
- Ask for examples of achievements in advocacy efforts with which they have been involved.
- Ask for examples of frustrations with advocacy with which they have been involved
Share the Sargasso "Balance Sheet". Note that this is a real example from one country but is anonymised as it is still in current use by the UN Country Team.
Discuss any other useful methods people have found to measure their advocacy impact.