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The Micah Network Advocacy Forum was established in July 2006 and has approximately 40 members who are practitioners.
Terms of Reference
1. Advocacy Forum
- 'Advocacy' because it leaves open the option for participating organisations to be represented by a 'policy' or 'campaigns' person
- Understood that agencies usually to be represented by an advocacy 'director' but 'directors' not in name so as to give agencies flexibility to appoint appropriate person
- 'Forum' to indicate exchange of ideas and not 'network' so as to differentiate easily from Micah 'Network'
- Acronym: 'M-NAF' will keep us from taking ourselves too seriously!
- to develop Christian/biblical policy perspectives/distinctives/agendas on poverty, justice and development issues
- to develop a south-north advocacy discussion among Christian advocacy directors
- to support and make most effective use of Christian representatives in international advocacy processes (e.g. Erika Izquierdo in the International Facilitation Team of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty)
- to share information and resources and provide advice to each other
- occasionally to coordinate approaches to particular processes, meetings etc (e.g. the G8; the World Bank/IMF cycle)
- occasionally to contribute to a common 'policy briefing' project (e.g. top-line international briefing for Micah Sunday)
- to be a pool of expertise for Micah Network to draw on in preparing advocacy workshops
Perhaps three types of discussion:
- Broad issues and campaigns – poverty, inequality, the MDGs, Micah Challenge, GCAP
- Sectoral issues and campaigns – HIV/AIDs, climate change, water and sanitation; just governance …
- Approaches and programs to develop advocacy capacity at all levels
4. Modes of discussion
- Face to face: at Micah Network Tri-ennial Consultations and regional workshops
- Email: the main mode, perhaps incorporating listserver and email discussion techniques
- Teleconference/Skype etc: secondary mode for sub-group project work
To enquire about joining the Micah Network Advocacy Forum, please email the facilitator Tom Baker.