Constituency and Influence for Reform: Building the Capacity of Civil Society to Effect Meaningful Change
With the generous support of the European Union, in July 2020, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee began a project, “Constituency and Influence for Reform,” aiming to support civil society organizations (CSOs) working on gender, corruption, and environmental justice in Eastern Partnership countries.
The project seeks to:
- Strengthen civil society’s communication capacity, supporter base, financial sustainability, and good governance;
- Enhance the use of policy-influencing strategies towards national authorities, applying international standards and procedures, and context-specific approaches; and,
- Increase the operational resilience of civil society.
Among the foreseen activities within the Constituency for Influence and Reform project are trainings on social media communication strategies, advocacy campaigning, crowdfunding, and CSO good governance as well as opportunities for small locally-initiated projects in each target country.
As such, the project will enable CSOs to increase and better mobilize their constituencies to engage with governments on these pressing issues, and contribute to maintaining and expanding civic space in their respective countries and across the region as a whole.