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Face-to-Face Training


Empower people to influence policy makers

Advocacy is all about influencing decision-makers, identifying issues on behalf of the disadvantaged, and providing solutions to these problems. Many social changes are the result of advocacy by inspiring social leaders. Just think of Greta Thunberg,  Mahatma Gandhi, or Martin Luther King.

Good advocacy can have a far greater impact than other intervention types, such as service delivery.  Advocacy can be "large scale," i.e., advocating for policy change towards governments, or "smaller-scale," such as advocating for better services delivery in communities or better leadership at a communal level.


Our Impact Training on Advocacy is the perfect entry point to make your advocacy effective and based on a solid plan. It will prepare you to take on an influential advocacy role on any issue. The training will help you develop fundamental advocacy skills and familiarize you with advocacy tools, strategies, and tactics.

The training uses tools, which have been developed by the Civil Society Academy, such as the Advocacy Canvas, 100kways to change the world, and our guide to advocacy strategies

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How do we transfer knowledge?

We use a variety of participatory tools and methodologies such as:


  • Reflections in break-out groups

  • Case Studies

  • Role-play

  • Videos

  • Guest Speakers

  • Quiz

  • Panel discussions

  • Fishbowl

  • World café and many more…..

Key Topics of the training

During the Advocacy Training  you will


  • Learn the theory and practice of advocacy​

  • Define key influencers, and advocacyc goal, key demands, as well as the strategies and activities of your campaign

  • Design your own advocacy campaign

  • Analyse and define potential partners and key influencers

  • Explore essential advocacy concepts and tools such as lobbying, media advocacy, people-centered advocacy, evidence-based advocacy, and rights-based approach.

  • Reflect on your role in advocacy and improve your communication with decision makers

After the training you will be able to

  • Develop an effective advocacy strategy that will take your initiative to the next level.

  • Build partnerships to achieve your advocacy goal

  • Exercise improved communication and networking skills

This course is designed for mid to senior level staff of civil society organizations with a strong commitment to introduce and/or expand their advocacy initiatives.


Training Fee

Internationational & Affiliates

EUR 350 p.P*

*For groups of four or more: 10% discount

For national organizations

EUR 175 p.P*

This Training includes

24 hours of training, split into four days into sixteen sessions | A package with all the training material | Impact Training Advocacy | Lunch, drinks and snacks.

Training Schedule 2023

Coming soon...

Your Facilitators

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Retta Menberu

Retta Menberu Woldetsadik (M.D., MSc) stands up for civil society-state dynamics, good governance, advocacy, and a rights-based approach to development.

Since 2018 he has been part of CSA, built up, and leads the Africa office to advocate for change and empower the youth.


After working more than two decades in development and health leadership, as a trainer, researcher, and consultant in clinical medicine and public health, Retta developed himself to a broader development leadership and facilitation role by operating as Country Director for ActionAid International, and as regional Strategy Adviser for Rush Foundation. Additionally to his work with CSA, he works as a coordinator, researcher, adviser, and facilitator of international development and humanitarian organizations, alliances, and multi-actor partnerships in diverse contexts across Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Sohini Paul


As a facilitator and coach of Civil Society Academy, she has focused on providing trainings and workshops on leadership and team management in several countries across Asia and Africa. She also facilitates trainings on advocacy and human rights-based approach.  

Sohini has a Social Science background with master’s degrees in Geography and Regional Planning. She is a certified Life and Leadership Coach. She has more than two decades of experience in the development sector, during which time she supported the work of numerous social change organizations, working on issues of local self-governance, right to information and land rights. She has worked on capacity building of civil society organizations, from grassroots community groups to large networks.  

Sohini is passionate about civil society strengthening and holds space for those who are ready to learn and be happy - this is reflected in her facilitation style.

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What fellow pioneers share about the training

Ashmita Pandey, Programme Officer, FORWARD, Nepal

“Before this course I was unfamiliar with advocacy and rights-based approaches as I mainly work on agricultural issues. I was also unaware of laws, regulations, legal systems, and governance etc. of my own country Nepal. Now I realize the importance of advocacy and its approaches and will definitely take it up in my organization.”

Rozina Sultana (former) Programme Coordinator, PRAVAH, India

“This course has inspired me to come up with new innovative ideas for my project which has a strong focus on advocacy.”

Peter Hinn (former) Country Director, Welthungerhilfe, Myanmar

"The methodology used in this course, guest speakers and a very good team of facilitators with extensive expertise made this an enriching experience. This has been good value for money.”