Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Advocacy strategies to promote child friendly policies

The Tanzania Global Study team posted a query to the Child Poverty Network regarding how to ensure that the key findings of the Tanzania child poverty study actually influence child friendly policies, as well as how to develop successful advocacy strategies and who are the key stakeholders to target for such policy change.

The feedback to the query emphasized that influencing policy frameworks is one of the most powerful methods for effecting change. For the Global Study teams, the first step to consider is what are the policy changes they want to see as a result of this new information generated by the child poverty study? An issue to consider in measuring “child friendly policies” and their effectiveness is to assess whether they address obstacles in achieving the MDGs with equity. In the context of low income country, child friendly policies will minimize barriers of access to basic services for the poorest and most vulnerable.

A child poverty study report should make its voice heard. This calls for an advocacy strategy that generates awareness and dialogue, and influences national development actions. A strategic plan covers outreach, communication, marketing and monitoring of results and it requires a solid financial commitment.

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