We support disadvantaged communities by bringing their stories and experience to the attention of the public and decision-makers worldwide. We undertake advocacy locally, nationally and internationally to bring about positive change to policies and practices. Together with our supporters, we campaign for global justice and help raise awareness of important development issues.
At present we influence policy in five main areas:
VSO advocacy toolkit
We have produced an advocacy toolkit, Participatory Advocacy, based on our experiences in many countries over the last few years. It provides a simple, practical manual for VSO staff, partners, serving and returned volunteers that will help you plan and implement advocacy. The toolkit covers:
strategic planning for advocacy
lobbying and campaigning
media work and communications.
The toolkit is available to download on the left.
- Participatory Advocacy: A toolkit for VSO staff, volunteers and partners (2370KB)
- START (Simple Toolkit for Advocacy Research Techniques) (1358KB)
- VSO input to the International Development Committee inquiry into the MDG summit of September 2010 (57KB)
- VSO input to the DFID Bilateral Aid Review (Sept '10) (216KB)