Approaches for successful CSO advocacy

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Across 37 countries (as of May 2022) Family for Every Child members are providing direct support to vulnerable children and families. They are also building evidence through research and advocating for change to improve children's outcomes. As a global network of local CSOs we know that locally-rooted knowledge and experience is the key to bringing about effective change for children and families.

In this How We Care series we explore the approaches to advocacy taken by three of our member organisations. From Jamaica we learn about participatory advocacy and how parents are being supported to advocate for their children’s rights; in the Philippines we learn about how direct collaboration with government can be a powerful route to effecting change; and in South Africa we look at the vital role of both research and networks on the advocacy journey.

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Approach 1: CPTCSA 

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Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA) - working in the Philippines since 1994, providing therapeutic support to young perpetrators and survivors of child sexual abuse.

Quezon City, Philippines

Collaboration as a path for advocacy: working with government to effect change

An overview of the programme (2 mins)

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Approach 2: CBRJ

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Community Based Rehabilitation Jamaica (CBRJ) - Supporting families of children with disabilities, and campaigning for their rights

Spanish Town, Jamaica

Participatory advocacy: parent-led advocacy in the Caribbean region

An overview of the programme (2 mins)

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Briefing Paper - ENGLISH

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Approach 3: CINDI

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Children in Distress Network (CINDI) - a network of over 200 South African civil society agencies championing the rights of vulnerable children and their families

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

The role of research and networks for advocacy

An overview of the programme (2 mins)

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Briefing Paper - ENGLISH

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