The education and capacity building of various stakeholders is an important non-confrontational approach to introducing concepts, laws and values that protect refugees. There are moments where education and capacity building may be a more appropriate approach, even though it is less direct than lobbying. Instead of presenting clear routes for change, you are instead focused on providing instructive information to policymakers or policy enforcers.
- Education and Capacity Building:
- Helpful when there is no identified champion to support your cause
- A way to build relationships with important key officials and plan for long-term needs
- A way to sidestep lobbying restrictions and still connect with key policymakers
- Helpful way to organize your own knowledge
- Can be hard to know if your efforts will help you achieve your policy goals
Note that it can be difficult to know if your capacity building and educational sessions are contributing to your bottom line. Often the impact of this type of meeting will not be felt immediately. However, the knowledge that you have shared may change how a policymakers approaches changes to legislation overtime.
As it can be difficult to know for sure that you are contributing to your bottom line, be sure that you have selected the policymakers that you are educating wisely. Ask yourself if the policymaker or policy enforcer is likely to be tasked with something that will impact your bottom line in the future.
Additional advice includes:
- In your training sessions, use the language that your participants are most comfortable with. Even if English is an official language, using a local language might be more effective.
- In certain countries, it might be common practice that participants are expected to receive a workshop participation fee and transport allowances. Be sure to take this into account when budgeting.
- To encourage participation, convince participants how the training will assist them in improving their job performance.
You may refer to the guide below on the suggested steps to take when organizing a training workshop.