We put a strong emphasis on cross-sector advocacy and policy development as a way to scale up promising approaches by replications of good practices by other actors. This means among others creating the evidence base for shaping policies promoting in particular the realization of the human right to water and sanitation and the development of local capacities. Moreover, interventions related to advocacy and policy development aim at strengthening the civil society voice for example by supporting processes bringing civil society voice at national or global level. Finally, those interventions also aim at enhancing the visibility of good practices developed by Swiss NGOs (Non-governmental Organisations).
We support in first priority existing organisations and networks in their advocacy efforts rather than building parallel structures. In case there is no advocacy network or body, the Consortium can also directly carry out advocacy activities in view of contributing to the development of the policy framework. Additionally, we concentrate our interventions on evidence-based advocacy: identifying lessons learnt from the Consortium projects, documenting them and feeding them into platforms and discussions in order to contribute to shaping standards, norms and strategies. Finally, joint advocacy activities at country level (or at least coordination of advocacy activities) are encouraged.
Promising advocacy opportunites may arise during the project phase either in the field or at global level. We have an allocated Global Advocacy Fund of CHF 150,000, for the period 2014-2017, so that we can be flexible to respond to opportunities for influencing policies at country and international levels.