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Civil Society Institutional Advocacy Development Program

By: Stephen Nkem Asek, International Governance Institute’s Focal Integrity Team for Cameroon (IGI-FITCAM)

This resource describes a training program developed by the International Governance Institute’s Focal Integrity Team for Cameroon (IGI-FITCAM) to build the capacity of national NGOs to undertake advocacy efforts.

Civil society organizations (CSOs) or individuals have a right to advise their government at local and national levels after identifying a problem in society and in the context of this proposal, advise on ecological and sustainable development related problems in their environment. Policy development is, therefore, an essential step towards institutionalizing regulations that support sustainable development changes in society. Once the capacity of CSOs is strengthened on (public) policy formulation process they will be empowered to influence and guide the direction of policy (statements of intention) towards the desired outcome of sustainable livelihoods, business, and industry initiatives as well as conservation of environmentally protected areas from a rights-based standpoint.