Sparking Activism Initiatives Locally

Sparking Activism Initiatives Locally – SAIL is implemented by Co-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development as part of the ‘Advocacy and Watchdog Role of Civil Society’ Program, supported by the Public Affairs Office at the US Embassy in Tirana.

SAIL builds on the bequest of the 2016 initiated ‘Kindle Advocacy’ project, and tackles the need for the newly emerging activists and civil society organisations to articulate evidence-based responses in influencing policy-making in pressing issues related to governance, democracy, city-making, rights, and similar issues that shape and affect the lives of citizens in both urban and rural areas. The project aims to cultivate and boost the internal capacities of local CSOs and young activists to monitor, analyze, and undertake concrete steps/actions through an integral approach, providing the target groups with both capacity development and advocating experience. A tailored capacity development program is envisioned in the form of workshops and coaching components, covering numerous core themes, pertinent to the aforementioned issues. In the process the participants will have improved:

– their understanding of policymaking processes;
– their knowledge of how to engage in policymaking and policy-influencing processes including monitoring, analysing, influencing;
– how to establish dialogue platforms with the local/regional/ and national authorities;
– how to raise particular pressing issues within the sector, and;
– how to initiate lobbying and advocacy actions in view of influencing policy-making.

In the process, all the project findings and results, in the form of policy briefs, recommendations, and awareness raising campaigns will be used for influencing policy- making and policy-implementation of the actual causes of the participating organizations and activists, in structured moments such is the National Activism Day (NAD 2020, NAD 2021), and any other occasions viewed appropriate by the participants.

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