RC 3 - Lobbying

Lobbying involves face-to-face meetings, lobby letters, engagements at events and other direct attempts to influence policy-makers, public officials and other decision-makers through personal interviews and persuasion. The cornerstone of lobbying is shaping the agenda of meetings around a “deliverable” for the decision-maker. A key aspect to lobbying is building relationships. Lobbying does not only happen at national and international levels. For example, community members may lobby local chiefs to oppose a biofuel deal.

Participatory tools to support lobbying include:

Gatekeeper tool - to identify people and organisations who might help you access the decision makers you want to influence.

Petition - to collect evidence of support or opposition to an issue or proposal

Dialogue/interface meeting - to engage with duty bearers directly on an issue



Here you can download some useful resources.

Tools in this toolbox

Citizens' voice

Citizens' voice is an approach to citizen journalism that can support the extension of communities’ capacity to pursue their own …

Gatekeeper tool

To identify people who can help you access duty bearers relevant to your advocacy or campaigning work.The processDraw up a table …

People’s caravan

To raise awareness or lobby on an issue.  A group of people travelling together in procession often to raise awareness or lobby o…