Today the Namati Myanmar Team is excited to be working with our local partners to build their skills to do their own policy advocacy work-- including writing policy briefs using case data. Over the last year the Namati Myanmar Team has built a strong policy advocacy portfolio of its own; this week’s training is the first in a series of trainings designed to move Namati’s advocacy beyond just our own voice, and to help our local partners develop the skills to do policy work at many different levels of government.
There is a lot of excitement in the room, but also a lot of confusion and skepticism-- in Myanmar, even using words like “policy” and “advocacy” as of two years ago was dangerous with the military government. The new government is skeptical of engaging with Civil Society for its own reasons, too.
Have others had experience in trying to train local groups on policy advocacy in this type of environment? What examples or stories have you used to convince local partners (primarily of activist backgrounds) of the importance of using data and short client stories to seek systemic change?