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INTENSIVE FIELD TRAININGS (IFT)
 
CertAAP | Certificate in
ADVOCACY FOR GRASSROOTS 
ACTION AND POLICY CHANGE (IN CONTEXT OF NATURAL
RESOURCES)
11-14 June 2014 | Manali, India

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TRAINING BACKGROUND

How does one bring about change at grassroots level and in policy environment? The obvious answer is: ideally through non-violent mass-based movements, mobilized through an organization that ensures that collective wisdom is employed in goal setting, strategizing and sustaining the campaign. Advocacy, by its very definition, is done on the behalf of someone else. People-Centred Advocacy is a value and process, and it seeks to build capacities of people, making them their own advocates. Policy advocacy is defined as the deliberate process of influencing policy decision makers through targeted actions.

Despite growing awareness and increasing investments in environmental protection, pressures on the world’s natural resources and ecosystems continue to increase rapidly. The impacts of human activities reach into every corner of the natural world. The upshot of this growing human domination of the planet is that no ecosystem on Earth is free from pervasive human influence. Globalization, affluent consumerism, concentration of wealth and state-backed industries & commerce in the developing world have not only exploited recklessly the natural resources such as forests, rangelands, waters, wetlands, coastal areas, mountains, minerals and biodiversity, but also affected adversely the lives and livelihoods of countless poor people while making them further vulnerable.

Environmental awareness, civic education and mobilization to reject the injustice have risen remarkably during last 2-3 decades. It is seen a growing civil society mobilization to resist the dominant economic growth model. It is noticed a marked growth in mass movements against destructive development projects, especially amongst communities most impacted by displacement or the degradation of their environment. There is also a shift in local governance paradigm, which seeks qualitative change in sustainable development and equitable benefit sharing of natural resources or its byproducts at local level.

This residential training will focus on imparting the knowledge on the governance systems in natural resource sector, need to make the governance systems accountable at local level, need for policy change, methods of policy studies, the principles of people-centred advocacy, tools & methods of advocacy, media advocacy, policy advocacy, legislative advocacy, advocacy writing skills and networking & alliance building. This training is to build the strengths of field workers and managers involved in advocacy action, policy studies, and influencing the policy-makers.
 

Brief about Policy Advocacy
- Policy advocacy is the essential link that ensures research results enter the policy domain.
- Policy advocacy should be integrated into project design and management from the outset.
- For policy advocacy to be successful, research teams need to identify and gain access to appropriate political decision makers at the most opportune moments. Timing of research outputs is crucial to maximize the opportunity for policy reform. 
- Communication of policy messages must be targeted carefully to different stakeholders. One size does not fit all.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the uptake of research outputs in policy processes is critical to assess progress and learn from experience.
- Policy advocacy should be a long-term process that continues beyond the conventional lifetime of a project so that research findings can be incorporated within policy processes when appropriate.

 
WHO CAN APPLY FOR INTENSIVE FIELD TRAINING
  • NGO workers & managers
  • Executives of support/funding agencies
  • Field activists doing grassroots action
  • Others involved in advocacy work
 
 
VENUE OF INTENSIVE FIELD TRAINING

Kohinoor Heritage Resort
Naggar Castle        
Manali -  175130 (Distt. Kullu), HP, India
Tel: +91-1902-248517
E-mail: kohinoor.naggar@yahoo.com
Web: www.kohinoorheritageresort.com

 
 
MEDIUM OF INTENSIVE FIELD TRAINING
The medium of instructions will be English with mix up of Hindi. Knowing English or Hindi is essential for participating this IIIrd Residential IFT.
 
 
LEARNING STRATEGY & FEATURES
  • Combination of theory and practice (more)
  • Critical and substantive reflections of participant’s own personal capacities
  • Group deliberation and experiential activities
  • Handouts and reading materials
  • Visuals and pictorials
  • Residential venue and learning practice without formal time limits
 
 
LAST DATE OF REGISTRATION
Application Submission:  15 May 2014
Payment of Training Fee: 20 May 2014

Early applications will be given priority. The moment the seats are full, accepting further applications will be stopped. Applicants whose contribution towards cost is received will only be confirmed with the places.
 
 
AVAILABILITY OF PLACES
IIIrd Residential IFT has vacancies for 24 persons only. The places will be booked on first come first served basis. Having <15 participants registered the IFT may be postponed further.
 
MODULE OF INTENSIVE FIELD TRAINING
Tentative module of IIIrd Residential IFT is as under:
 
  • Governance Systems in Natural Resource Sector
  • Governance, Policies, Laws and Issues concerning Land Resources including Land Acquisition, Land Alienation, Common Lands, Coastal Zones
  • Governance, Policies, Laws and Issues concerning Forest Resources including Forest Rights, Forest Conversion and Destruction, Biodiversity, Protected Areas
  • Governance, Policies, Laws and Issues concerning Water Resources including Water Pollution, Water Commodification, Groundwater Exploitation, Damming of Rivers, Water Conservation
  • Governance, Policies, Laws and Issues concerning Agriculture including Monoculture, GM Crops & Foods, Seed Control, Biopirarcy, Synthetic Biology
  • Governance, Policies, Laws and Issues concerning Mining & Minerals including Displacement, Tribal Survival, Coastal Sand Mining, Radioactive Mines and Health, Quarrying
  • Governance, Policies, Laws and Issues concerning Other Important Natural Resources
  • Why Accountability of the Governance Systems?
  • Concepts, Need and Scope of People-Centred Advocacy
  • Advocacy for Grassroots Action and Policy Change
  • Rights-Based Approach of Advocacy
  • Role of Information and Research in Advocacy
  • Methods and Tools of People-Centred Advocacy: Hard Tools & Soft Tools
  • Media Advocacy
  • Need for Policy Change
  • Methods of Policy Studies
  • Methods of Policy Advocacy
  • Methods of Legislative Advocacy
  • Networking and Alliance Building
  • Formulation of Advocacy Plans
  • Advocacy Writing Skills with Practice of Writing on: Application, Complaint, FIR, Report, Memorandum, Declaration, Appeal, Campaign Letter, Proceedings of Public Hearing, Case File, etc.
 
*The module is subject to change.
 
 
ACCOMODATION & LOGISTICS

Place of training, Kohinoor Heritage Resort, is one of the nicest locations in tourist city of Manali. Participants will be provided with the accommodation on DOUBLE SHARED basis. Rooms are equipped with linen, quilt, chair, table, attached toilet-bath, TV, etc. Daily cleaning of rooms is ensured.

Water supply is generally adequate in the hotel. However, the possibility of occasional interruption in water supply cannot be ruled out, viewing the scarcity of water in the mountains. Electricity supply is plenty, with generator facility. LCD projector is available.

The participants usually reach the Manali in the morning as they travel overnight from Delhi to Manali. So the accommodation for participants will be available from 9 am of 11 June 2014 till 3 pm of 15 June 2014. Before or after this duration, the accommodation will not be availed by the organizers. Residing in Kohinoor Heritage Resort before or after the specified timings will be the responsibility of the participant at his/her own cost. To see the glimpses of Kohinoor Heritage Resort, please look website.

 

FOOD & REFRESHMENTS

During the training vegetarian food will be served. From 11 June 2014 till 15 June 2014, breakfast, lunch and dinner (except on 14th June) will be served everyday. Morning bed tea will be served on 12, 13, 14 and 15 June 2014. Tea will also be served twice during 4 days of the training sessions.

 

TRAINING FEES FOR INTENSIVE FIELD TRAINING

For Indian Participants


A non-refundable Training Fee of Rs. 13,000 per participant is to be paid through DD or bank transfer once the Application is approved.

The DD should be made in favour of GRASSROOTS INSTITUTE payable at Kullu. Receipt for fee amount will be produced. The fee amount can also be deposited by cash/local cheque in the account of GRASSROOTS INSTITUTE. The account details can be obtained from IFT Coordinator before depositing the amount.
 

Above nominal fee is towards the cost of (i) accommodation, (ii) food, (iii) reading material kit, (iv) CD-ROM (to be provided at the end of training), (v) training facilitation, and (vi) general guidance.

 
 
 
 
 
PROPOSED RESOURCE PERSONS
 
Mr. Rahul Saxena

Mr. Yogesh Diwan

Ms. Kiran Shaheen

Mr. Vinod Gautam

 
 
 

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