Policy Analysis and Advocacy for Environmental Activists

On February 11-13, 2015, a group of 25 environmental activists from Moldova and Belarus had the opportunity to attend a two-day training on policy analysis and advocacy in Budapest, Hungary.

The course included interactive sessions, activities and assignments designed to provide participants with analytical tools that will enable them to engage in informed policy advocacy. The workshops focused on providing informative and practical insights into policy development, innovations in civic monitoring, networking for policy change, advocacy and Internet activism.

Participants were positive about the training session and stressed the need for such events.

“This training course was a great opportunity for me to get a better insight into policy development and analysis, and to get a clearer picture of where the mission of the Platform I am coordinating fits within this policy cycle. I now find it easier not only to plan the activities our Platform will be carrying out, but also to have a well-structured and clear dialogue with its existing and potential members regarding the role each of us plays both individually and jointly. I particularly enjoyed the example-based approach of the trainers, as well as the overall warm and friendly atmosphere”, said Natalia Ciobanu, coordinator of the National Environment and Health Platform in Moldova (NEHP).

Alexandr Iscenco, founder of the Moldovan Environmental Governance Academy (MEGA), described how "the course was interesting and very important for our organisation, which also deals with such innovations as mapping for community engagement and environmental action. This course has already laid the foundation for some interesting collaboration projects ..."

Besides gaining knowledge, participants had the chance to expand their network: “The main things were experience exchange and constructive dialogue between tutors and students and between representatives of Belarus and Moldova, new ideas for mutual projects and the enrichment of professionalism in environmental activities”, said Elena Vetrova, project manager for Living Partnership Republican Social and Ecological NGO in Belarus.

Participants from Belarus underlined the importance of the analytical tools presented during the workshops, which will be applied in their organisation, and the mapping technologies and data visualisation instruments for strengthening environmental activism in their region.

The course was organised by the REC and delivered by the Central European University School of Public Policy (SPP).


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