Civic Engagement and Advocacy
What the Programme Does
One of the hallmarks of CSPR since its establishment has been its capacity to mobilize and coordinate civil society’s involvement particularly in the PRSP process. CSPR has scored a number of successes in this area and it is for this reason that the network is constantly referred to as an international best practice model.
One area of significance is in the area of policy advocacy, while CSPR has managed to develop and implement significant advocacy campaigns, this needs to be strengthened so that greater impact can be achieved. The changes in terms of the operating environment which includes the implementation of new processes such as the National Development Plan, implementation of the National Decentralisation Policy etc, will invariably require that civil society is ready and able to engage at national, provincial and even district levels.
- To enhance civic engagement in pro-poor development processes at local, national and international levels.
- To advocate for policy and institutional frameworks that enhance development locally and internationally
- Facilitate capacity building in advocacy for CSOs working in pro-poor development areas
- Facilitate policy dialogue among CSOs on identified pro-poor development issues
- Advocate for CSOs’ inclusion and participation in key policy formulation and Implementation
- Establish partnership that will facilitate CSPR members’ participation in activities and programmes related to Debt, Trade and Aid.
Some of the expected outcomes of the Civic Engagement Programme are;
- Increased civic awareness on pro-poor development locally and internationally;
- Effective and quality civic engagement in local and national development processes;
- Efficient and effective coordination of civic engagement in local and national development process
A Programme Officer at the Secretariat manages the programme. A CEA Programme Management Team composed of Network Members provides overall policy directions in the design and implementation of programme activities.