Running policy influencing programmes, working with a range of influential non-state partners
Effective policy influencing requires action from a range of local partners, each with different forms of power and influence: interest groups such as business have economic power; more traditional CSOs can have influence on some issues; research institutes and think tanks can use policy relevant and politically informed evidence to inform policy makers; and local community groups can assert influence, including increasingly through social media.
Kivu International provides support and advice for this full range of local partners. We support them to increase their impact on policy by developing clear influencing strategies and building the skills needed to implement them. For example, we have substantial experience of supporting the growth of strong and effective think tanks which carry out policy-relevant and politically-savvy research to play a vital role in informing debate and influencing policy. However, we also design and run programmes of work which bring together influential coalitions of different interests to help achieve change.