The organisation provides advice on lobbying strategies and tactics, arranges lobby visits and carries out lobbying for policy making and changing addressing and on behalf of governments, NGOs, intergovernmental organisations and the private sector.
In cooperation with other actors we advocate for the rights of the child, participating in meetings with the Permanent Representation of EU Member States in Brussels, meetings with bodies of the Council of the European Union like the Political and Security Council, the European Commission, European Parliament, the Council of Europe and United Nations Special Rapporteurs and of both EU and non-EU countries’ Permanent Representations to the UN,all featured within the agenda to promote the rights of the child.
The goals of advocacy and lobbying are similar and complementary, but the processes followed by each are different. Advocacy is attempting to cause political action while gaining public support, using methods such as civil education and public campaigns, , whilelobbying refers to directly influencing the government and decision-makers with a specific aim of amending existing legislation or current policy structure.
We use two types of lobbying:
1) Direct lobbying
Through direct lobbying we communicate our views and recommendations to a legislator, Parliamentarian or any other governmental actor or body responsible for developing legislation. This form of lobbying is direct since it refers to specific legislation with a proposed view on such legislation.
2) Grassroots lobbying
Grassroots lobbying attempts to influence the public to express a particular view to thelegislators or governmental bodies about a specific legislative proposal. This form of lobbying instigates communication with the public with regards to specific legislation, encouraging the public in turn to take a stand and further action in relation to the proposed perspective on the legislation.
The advocacy strategy can include activities such as:
- Articles in newspapers (media campaigning)
- Publishing research or reports
- Public speaking
- Featuring stories about how an individual or group was helped or has benefited from the organisation or action
- Distribution of promotion materials