Policy Analysis and Advocacy for Environmental Activists

CEU Community + Invited Guests
Nador u. 13
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 8:00pm to Friday, February 13, 2015 - 6:00pm

Policy Analysis and Advocacy for Environmental Activists

Organized in partnership with the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, this two-day training for 25 environmental activists from Moldova and Belarus will combine training sessions and discussions on environmental innovation and advocacy. Held by leading SPP faculty, the course will include activities and assignments designed to provide participants with analytical tools to engage in informed policy advocacy. The workshop will focus in particular on environmental mapping and analysis, policy development, innovations in civic monitoring, networking and advocacy.

More specifically, the training will include sessions on the following topics:

1. Environmental Activism  The session will discuss the practice of environmental activism and the extent to which it relies on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for disseminating information, gaining support, and promoting social change. 

2. Policy Development and Analysis Two sessions will focus on the phases of policy development, including planning, drafting, development, implementation and review. They will further introduce a number of analytical tools (e.g. PESTLE, SWOT, influence map, flowchart and gender-sensitive analysis).

3. Citizen Participation and Civil Society DevelopmentThis session will offer insight on processes for meaningful citizen engagement, and will suggest recommendations for inviting participation from broad cross-sections of society. It will also provide guidelines for communicating and developing trust between community leaders and citizens. 

4. Innovations in Civic Monitoring ― This module will offer a comprehensive overview of technical, policy and ethical considerations involved in the use of new, innovative technologies for civic monitoring, and will present several guidelines for the safe and ethical use of these technologies for the public good.

5. Tools for Digital Activism Two sessions will familiarise participants with new ways of mobilising and organising constituencies and will indroduce powerful communication tools for participatory engagement. They will also address the power of data visualization and some of the ways in which different campaigns have attempted to distill complex information into single graphic images.

6. Environmental Mapping and Analysis ― The session will focus on the potential that mapping has in environmental activism and advocacy applications through an overview of the existing mapping technologies and a number of case studies in which various mapping technologies are used in activism/ advocacy scenarios.

Application deadline: January 26, 2015

The language of the course will be English.

See the participants' booklet here.

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