Join us for a discussion with panel of business and civil society organisations in the vanguard of joint advocacy
Tuesday 22 May, 3.00 – 4.00pm UK time / 10.00 - 11.00am ET
- Ruth Mhlanga, Senior Private Sector Adviser, Oxfam
- Sandra Martinsone, International Policy and Advocacy Adviser, Ethical Trading Initiative
- Ilze Melngailis, Senior Director, Global Partnerships, UN Foundation
- Jane Nelson, Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
- Selena Victor, Director, Policy and Advocacy, Mercy Corps
- Dominic White, Head, International Development Policy, WWF
- Samantha Johnson, Senior Manager, Enterprise Issues - Global Corporate Government Affairs and Policy, GSK
- Simon Wright, Director, International Development, Save the Children
- Julian Egan, Head of Advocacy, International Alert
- Rachael Leman, Executive Director, CARE Action
- Richard Gilbert, Challenge Director, Business Fights Poverty
A new area of collaboration between civil society and business in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is emerging in the form of joint advocacy. Businesses and civil society organisations are increasingly coming together through specific partnerships and broader coalitions to combine their voices and influence in support of the policies and resources needed to achieve implementation.
Evidence suggests that joint advocacy can be a powerful tool to change attitudes, policies and practices. A growing number of examples are emerging, but advocacy collaboration remains relatively ill-defined and challenging and, as a result, under-utilised.
A new report by Business Fights Poverty and the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School explores the rationale for advocacy collaboration, explains what it looks like, identifies some of the challenges and suggests a range of building blocks to inform the design of responsible and effective joint advocacy activities going forward.
- Why is joint advocacy between civil society and business needed, and what are some good examples?
- How does joint advocacy make a difference, what are some of the challenges and how have you managed to overcome them?
- What needs to be done to enable more advocacy collaboration to happen?
This discussion is part of the Business Fights Poverty Challenge on Advocacy Partnerships.
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