Over the years, many development organizations have continued to make mistakes when designing their advocacy Theory of Change. This has not only made the monitoring and measuring of their advocacy interventions difficult but also has limited their chances to showcase the impact of their work. On 30th September, our Executive Director hosted a webinar on the “Common mistakes development organizations make when developing an advocacy Theory of Change”
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Open letter: Donors and supporters must act to ensure civil society resilience against COVID-19 pandemic
Dear civil society donors and supporters,
As the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, civil society organizations across the world are taking proactive measures to protect the health and well-being of their staff and partners. This includes necessary shifts in strategy, reprioritization, and adjustments in programming and outreach. At the same time, civil society infrastructure is under visible and immense financial pressure. Projects have been postponed, deliverables delayed and energies diverted to making alternative plans. Major events have been cancelled at significant financial loss.
Theory of Change is thought to be very useful for learning and adaptive management of complex interventions such as advocacy. Nevertheless, the use of Theory of Change is also under critique. One common criticism is that Theory of Change is often used as a framework that fixes agreements rather than as a living, guiding tool that helps reflection and adaptation. However, while such criticism stresses forms of control, little research has looked at the way Theory of Change and advocacy practice relate.Read More »The Hidden Life of Theories of Change
Looking for M&E for Advocacy TA Providers (Researchers, Evaluators, M&E for Advocacy specialists, and Organisations that provides M&E for Advocacy TA)
Are you an Advocacy Researcher or Consultant or M&E for Advocacy Specialist? Does your organisation provide Technical Assistant to CSOs/NGOs on Advocacy M&E. Join our… Read More »Looking for M&E for Advocacy TA Providers (Researchers, Evaluators, M&E for Advocacy specialists, and Organisations that provides M&E for Advocacy TA)
Eswatini is the first African country to achieve 95-95-95 global HIV target. This means that 95% of people living with HIV in Eswatini know their status, that 95% of people who know their HIV-positive status are accessing treatment and that 95% of people on treatment have suppressed viral load. Eswatini, a tiny country of just over a million people in southern Africa, has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world: 27% of adults live with the disease.Read More »Eswatini is the first African country to achieve 95-95-95 global HIV target
How can qualitative researchers collect data during social-distancing measures? Adam Jowett outlines several techniques researchers can use to collect data without face-to-face contact with participants. Bringing together a number of previous studies, he also suggests such techniques have their own methodological advantages and disadvantages and that while these techniques may appear particularly apt during the coronavirus crisis, researchers should take time to reflect on ethical issues before re-designing their studies.Read More »Carrying out qualitative research under lockdown – Practical and ethical considerations
Release date: 17th August, 2020
Africa faces some of the world’s greatest development challenges and its research capacity is not yet sufficient to meet them. Improving
research management within institutions is crucial, if research and innovation is to underpin social and economic development in Africa.
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems for advocacy interventions usually include a number of common elements. The nature of advocacy work means M&E systems need to be designed and implemented differently than in conventional projects. M&E systems for advocacy work should be simple and time efficient, and should be designed to support ongoing advocacy processes.
By Rick James (INTRAC)
Exit will be a core strategy of international NGOs for years to come. The recent announcement from Oxfam that they are leaving 18 countries and exiting from 700 partners is a bitter taste of the post-Brexit, post-COVID-19, post-DFID future for those of us based in the UK. Because of the UK’s large footprint in development, these issues will have a much wider effect.
The #Evidence4Advocacy campaign aims at promoting evidence-based advocacy in Africa. The campaign targets CSOs, NGOs, research institutions, the private sector, advocacy think tanks, and individual consultants who… Read More »#HIV2020: Give community-led research the respect it deserves
Two years ago, the International AIDS Society (IAS) chose the United States of America (U.S.) as the site for the 2020 International AIDS Conference (AIDS2020). Community advocates argued that the U.S. was an inappropriate choice given legal travel restrictions on sex workers, people who use drugs, and Muslims, which would have made it very difficult for members of these communities to enter the country.
The #Evidence4Advocacy campaign aims at promoting evidence-based advocacy in Africa. The campaign targets CSOs, NGOs, research institutions, the private sector, advocacy think tanks, and individual consultants who in the last 10 years have been involved in advocacy research or evaluation. The campaign led by Evidence Frontiers will inform the following areas: