Marie Michael Library

Advocacy: Increasing Citizen Voice and Agency

Advocacy Approaches and Organizational Readiness

Exploring Key Concepts and Analyzing Power

Exploring Governance, Strategic Advocacy Planning, Problem Definition and Issue Framing

  • VeneKlasen, L. & Miller, V. (2002). Constructing empowering strategies. In A new weave of power, people and politics: The action guide for advocacy and citizen participation (pp. 59-78). Rugby, Warwickshire, UK: Practical Action. (StFX only)

Defining Advocacy Goals and Objectives and Identifying Stakeholders

Exploring Advocacy Strategies, Tactics and Tools: Building the Constituency for Change

Co-operation and Education Strategies

Exploring Advocacy in Action

Persuasion through Designing Effective Messages and Lobbying

Using the Media and Litigation Strategies

Confrontation Strategies, and Monitoring and Evaluating Advocacy

Suggested Readings

Organizations and Resources

  • Advocacy Accelerator provides platforms for advocates and their supporters to share evidence, approaches, and expertise.
  • CIVICUS provides information about power analysis.
  • Communication Initiative Network
  • Democratic Audit is an independent research organization which audits democracy and human rights in the UK.
  • Global Nonviolent Action Database provides free access to information about nonviolent action from all continents and most countries.
  • GrantCraft works to improve the capacity of the social sector through data-driven tools and access to knowledge.
  • International Center on Nonviolent Conflict educates the global public through media, influences policies and media coverage, and educates activists and organizers through seminars and workshops.
  • Nepal Participatory Action Network (NEPAN) provides information about advocacy for the poor and underprivileged issues.
  • Participedia strengthens democracy through shared knowledge. This site contains a database of crowd-sourced data on democratic innovations.
  • Peace Women, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
  • Radio Africa increases the knowledge and skills of radio broadcasters, encourages government officials to communicate more effectively, and improves communication flow.
  • Waging Nonviolence, people-powered news and analysis.
  • Witness: See it. Film it. Change it empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into tools for justice, public engagement and policy change.

International Advocacy Campaigns

Manuals and Toolkits