Voice for Change Partnership


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With 50 years of advisory experience and an in-depth understanding of socio-economic and political contexts, one of our key roles is evidence-based advocacy. We collaborate with knowledge institutes, governments, private sector and civil society, generating evidence that enriches policy debates. Through evidence-based advocacy we aim to create enabling environments for effective solutions.

With the ‘Voice for Change Partnership’ (V4CP) programme, we work to strengthen civil society organisations (CSOs) in Kenya, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Honduras and Indonesia in their role as advocates and lobbyists. CSOs represent the interests of crucial groups such as pastoralists, female entrepreneurs, small-holder farmers. Together with IFPRI, we will support these organisations to foster collaboration among relevant stakeholders, influence agenda-setting and hold the government and private sector accountable for their promises and actions. We will tackle four issues – food and nutrition security, resilience, renewable energy, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) – by also addressing gender balance and climate change mitigation.

By collaborating with national and international partners, different levels of government, and the private sector, CSOs will contribute to improving the ‘enabling environment’. Guaranteeing that CSOs have a greater voice in issues such as policy creation and implementation or better provision of services, will ensure that the interests of the communities they represent are better served. Together with IFPRI, we will enhance their capacities (e.g. leadership competencies, knowledge development, advocacy skills, improving the sustainability of the organisation) in order to empower them to speak with a greater voice, also beyond the scope of this programme. They will be trained to use evidence such as research, data and lessons learned from current projects to back up their advocacy strategies.  

Ultimately, the increased influence of CSOs will contribute to sustainable and inclusive development in the fields of food and nutrition security, resilience, renewable energy, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

This programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and will run for five years in the aforementioned six countries. SNV headquarters in The Netherlands manages the programme and stimulates dialogue at an international level.

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Enable CSOs to have a greater voice as advocates and lobbyists and effectively serve the interests of the people they represent.

2

Influence agenda-setting by stimulating collaboration among CSOs, governments, private sector and other relevant players.

3

Enhance government and private sector accountability, ensuring that promises and actions are followed through.

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