Alliance Members

Welcome

We are Family for Every Child, a global alliance of local civil society organisations working together to improve the lives of children around the world. This is a site for you, the members of Family for Every Child.

This section of the website is for our existing alliance members. Here you will find information on Family's governance, your membership, communications and other members' work. It is also a space to connect with other members and the Secretariat, and access the latest updates and resources.

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Expected Outcomes

The main outcomes expected from this programme will centre on projects to support one or more members to advocate for change in law, policy or practice related to care in their own national contexts. This will be provided in the form of five (5) main initiatives or projects:

1. Basic support on developing advocacy capability, knowledge and skills - A number of Members have in the past requested basic advocacy skills training for their staff and key partners (in many cases, partners that are part of or planned to become part of a national network). This will include support to identifying the appropriate skills and knowledge needs, customising a training programme that is relevant to the Member, context and advocacy environment and agreeing on mentoring and follow up support for Members and partners. Advocacy capacity support will be provided in the context of a relevant thematic issue that aligns with the Member’s aspirations, our Strategy, Conceptual Framework and Family Goals.

2. Advocacy strategy development - this will arise in instances where Members have identified a specific advocacy issue (that aligns with the Family goals and strategy), that they wish to advocate for at national level. Family will support members to create and document an advocacy strategy. The Strategy is a broader roadmap to Member’s advocacy goals and may include long term goals, and shorter-term plans.

3. Convening national networks - This is a focus on how Members can either convene new advocacy networks where relevant, or strengthen existing networks at national level, with a view to leveraging them to influence policy, law and practice from the vantage point that networks facilitate.

4. Forging strategic partnerships - the key to Members’ convening power and expanding their sphere of influence at national and regional levels is to ensure that they are more connected to credible and like-minded organisations and individuals who will either be part of or support their networks and advocacy cause.

5. Support to existing or ongoing national advocacy strategy - A Member may have initiated a national advocacy strategy that aligns to our goals and relates to the Alliance advocacy aspirations but needs support to strengthen or affirm the strategy either through a plan of action or amend it to respond to changes in the care laws and policies in their context.


The process

Step 1: The idea

Ideas may come through the following three channels, responding to advocacy needs:

a) Members approach any member of the AP Secretariat team and share their idea. This may arise due to one or more of the following examples:

  • Changes to the care context, policy, law or practice in a country.
  • Absence of critical policy, law or practice in a country.
  • Laws, policies are in place but there are no resources, poor accountability, transparency and political will to implement.
  • Rights-holders (e.g. parents of children in need of care) demand access to certain services that are continuously inaccessible to them.
  • New international initiative or campaign in Member country that is relevant to Member and Family’s work.

b) A member from the Secretariat may encourage a member(s) to develop an idea and explore a wider advocacy initiative.


c) Member(s) with a focused and united advocacy agenda (regionally or cross-regionally) identify one or more thematic issues they would like to formulate a strategy and advocate on.

Step 2: Submit your idea

The Member writes a summary using the Idea Template, specifying the context, the issue or problem, the goal and what they want to achieve. If there is more than one Member, then all the key Members directly involved will also fill in the ideas template, specifying their united and individual goals for the initiative.

Step 3: The Secretariat reviews your submission


The Secretariat focal point on advocacy, together with other relevant Secretariat staff decides on whether to proceed with the idea or not, guided by the Member(s) further details, as well as the Criteria mentioned below.


The Criteria

The following criteria will be considered for deciding on an appropriate and relevant NAP to pursue:

  • The advocacy initiative is closely in line with at least one of Family’s Conceptual Framework Goals.
    Expected results: short-term strengthening policy and practice, and likely longer term impact on children’s care.
  • Evidence of capacity and commitment for sustained leadership of or support for an advocacy network, both before and after the Family intervention/workshop.
  • Where relevant, there is a proven level of support and interest from other members who will be involved in co-supporting or advising the advocacy network)Evidence of identified / expressed support and interest from other Members, networks or strategic partners will add weight to a Members’ potential.
    The Member has a clear vision on what their advocacy needs are. If the goal development is advanced, is it SMART?
  • How cost effective is the proposal, set against potential long term gains (e.g. 8000 GBP worth of activities gains a Member access to Ministry platforms and national decision-making multi-stakeholder committees; leading to a domino effect of influencing wider audiences and donors).
  • Will this enhance Member’s power to influence power-holders and will they be in a better position to mould campaigns that unite them as an Alliance, build strategic partnerships and gain more mileage in their quest to amend children’s care policies and practice?
  • Evidence of donor interest in this issue or region and evidence of knowledge of other existing or past advocacy networks in the country or region of focus and any lessons on their functioning and performance. To what extent are lessons infused into the proposal?