Advocacy

 

Progress Advocacy Initiative

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Introduction


We are living through extraordinary times. The world is slowly—and unsteadily—emerging from the worst financial and economic crisis in recent history. The challenges that have followed in the wake of these events have had serious and lasting implications especially for the developing countries. With resources as scarce as they have been in decades, nearly every challenge that we seek to address looks less soluble than it did even a few short years ago.

Advocacy has been a important part of progress Think Tanks work and strategy. To reach our ambitious goals, it is essential to engage a broad range of stakeholders and communities in discussion and debate on the issues we feel are critical to our progress and development.

When we talk about advocacy, we are not just talking about influencing legislators and politicians, or grassroots organizing and campaigning. But we are also advocate by seeking to build a strong knowledge base upon which to act and create support for our issues, and engage others to join the cause, and lend our unique voice to aid and advance our and similar work.

The human development indicators for Pakistan are still low despite significant progress in recent years Efforts to eradicate poverty are to be approached through multi-disciplinary systems, targeting issues of improving education and health, protecting natural resources, preventing impacts of natural disasters, ensuring economic and social well-being, and improving capacity and institutional development.

 

Defination


Advocacy can be defined as attempting to influence public policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions; it may be motivated from moral, ethical or faith principles or simply to protect an asset of interest, through education, lobbying, or political pressure. Advocacy groups through the utilization of sound research data for educating the public as well as policy makers, thereby improving the public policy process, what legislation is needed to address problems and the funding required to provide services or conduct research. It is now clear that public policy priorities are influenced by advocacy.

Shaping public policy is a complex and multifaceted process that involves the interplay of numerous individuals and interest groups competing and collaborating to influence policymakers to act in a particular way. These individuals and groups use a variety of tactics and tools to advance their aims, including advocating their positions publicly, attempting to educate supporters and opponents, and mobilizing allies on a particular issue.


About Us


Progress Advocacy group is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the political, social, economic and justice systems while advocating to influence and for change in the public policy decision making, with transparency and accountability. The progress advocacy efforts are in line with the public interest, and demand, leading to improvement in people’s lives.

It encompasses notions of power relations, people’s participation and a vision of a just society. Progress believes it is critical to bring the real world impact of laws, policies, and programs on the lives of the masses. Progress directly advocates to members of national and provincial assemblies government officials, opinion makers intellectuals civic society and other revalent stakeholders with the objective to build support and funding for public policy making and programs.


Our Guiding Values


We are guided by the Universal principles of : Diversity, Equal Opportunity, Accountability, Democracy, Transparency, Integrity, Justice, Change, Service.


Our Approach

We are in the business of unleashing the power of people to transform their communities. Our approach ensures solutions emerge from within the community, rather than being imposed from the outside. By combining technical expertise and promoting community leader ship we spark creative solutions and lasting change.
We get people involved in shaping their future and cultivate local talent—enabling people to become strong advocates and effective leaders in their communities. The Progress’ approach accelerates community's ability to meet challenges head on.


Our Work

Progress advocates to help communities address important and critical issues and concerns over a diverse and wide range of subject including, economic, political, social and environment to build a better future shaped and shared by all.
Progress believes it is critical to bring the real word impact of laws, policies, and programs on the lives of the masses. Progress directly advocates to members of the government officials, and with the objective to build support and funding for public policy makings and programs. To this end progress Advocacy utilizes different approaches carrying out diverse set of activities for bringing the desired societal changes.

These comprise of a series of actions taken with highlighting of issues to change the “what is” into a “what should be. These actions vary with the existing political, economic and social environment and are directed towards

  • Question the way policy is administered.
  • Participate in the agenda setting as they raise significant issues
  • Target political systems “because those systems are not responding to people’s needs”
  • Are inclusive and engaging
  • Propose policy solutions
  • Open up space for public argumentation
  • In addition progress advocacy seeks to influence government policies with the objective to:
  • Assist in the development of better public policy
  • Ensure government’s accountability to citizens.
  • Give a voice to (misrepresented) citizen interests.
  • Mobilized citizens to participate in the democratic process.
  • Support the development of the culture of democracy.



Scope Of Work

Progress Advocacy encourages, promotes and supports:

  • Transparency and corruption

 

Special Advocacy Initiatives

I. Energy Policy Initiative

Many attacks on utilizing national natural energy sources are simply redundant, old-fashioned political biased bigotry with vested interests and an attempt to manipulate political points scoring and gains at the cost of public and greater national interest. The progress Advocacy initiative attempts to move into action the ongoing debate on the issues of Dams while engaging these stake holders and utilizing the advantage of existing resources and experts for a win win situation.


II. Education Policy Initiative
III. Democracy Initiative

Progress Democracy Imitative seeks to bring the ideal of representative self-government closer to reality. The Imitative collaborates with grassroots groups, advocacy organizations, and reform-minded legislatures, politicians, government officials and others eliminate barriers to full and equal political participation and to promote institutions that meaningfully reflect the diverse interests and views of the populace.


IV. Justice Initiative

The Progress Justice Advocacy initiative is dedicated to justice system reform that secures the rule of law, reducing the gap between the promise of equal justice and the day to day reality. The initiative ensures that courts and other social institutions remain open and fair, in criminal and civil matters, despite disparities of wealth and power.
The initiate also aims to restore accountability, transparency, and the Constitution’s structural checks and balances in providing both freedom and national security in an era of enhanced executive power. The initiative advocates for structural approaches to counter terrorism that yield more effective laws sensitive to civil liberties, and to provide representation, and counsel to the detainees in counter-terrorism operations.


V.Trans National Initiative

The phenomenon of globalization draws a special attention to advocacy beyond countries’ borders. The core existence of international networking demonstrates the increasing importance of transnational advocacy and international advocacy. Transnational advocacy networks are more likely to emerge around issues where external influence is necessary to ease the communication between internal groups, government and the international actors. To further its mission, Progress Trans National Advocacy initiative programs promote and encourage such networking activities essential for exchange of information and ideas.


Our Tools

  • Education
  • Awareness                  -  Mass Rallies, & Walks
  • Media Campaign       - Publications – Brochure,  Flyers etc
  • Public Speaking         - Conferences, Seminars etc
  • Press Conferences    - SMS, E-Mails
  • Print Media                  - Inter Personal Contact
  • TV Appearances        -  Lobbying
  • Bill Boards & Adds    - Consultancy & Advisory