Follow-up support for advocacy activities on parallel reports

15 March 2022 –

The Coalition offers limited financial support (between 1500 and 3000 euros) for follow-up activities implemented to promote the parallel reports findings and the implementation of its recommendations, and interact with the government (and relevant key stakeholders and policy-makers) on its findings.

General guidelines

The purpose of these follow-up actions is to create momentum for reforms, and not to create public awareness of the report. Documents to base your advocacy efforts on are your own parallel report and the official UNCAC review documents (recommendations in the executive summary and the full country report, where available).
Please send your proposals for follow-up actions to email hidden; JavaScript is required. The proposals should be 1-3 pages long, in pdf-format, in English, French or Spanish and include the following points:
  1. Description of advocacy goal(s) and strategies to achieve goals
  2. Stakeholders involved
  3. Planned activities and suggested timeline
  4. Resources needed
  5. Possible communication plan to key stakeholders

Please feel free to come up with original proposals.

The follow-up activities could be combined with other already planned activities of your organization. The advocacy efforts around the parallel report findings could complement other similar findings from other reports and processes focused on your country (OGP action plan, regional initiatives, other evaluations conducted, implementation of Summit for Democracy commitments, etc.). You can also team up with other CSOs to implement the activity.

You can also choose to focus on only 2-3 key recommendations of the report for your advocacy.

Some examples of activities we support are (but are not limited to):

  • Conducting an advocacy campaign on one specific recommendation (including, for example, developing an outline of key features of a new policy), hold meetings with decision-makers;
  • Organizing a discussion event with panelists from your CSO and the government to discuss the implementation of selected recommendations received in the parallel report and official 2nd cycle UNCAC review;
  • Conducting an awareness-raising campaign on the report’s findings and recommendations among key stakeholders through engagement and meetings with decision-makers;
  • Producing a short follow-up document explaining exactly how specific recommendations of your parallel report and the official country report have been implemented (or not);
  • Integrating the promotion of the parallel report’s findings and recommendations into ongoing advocacy activities;
  • Training government officials on (a) specific anti-corruption policy issue(s) related to a recommendation given in the parallel report;
  • Contributing to a national development/anti-corruption working group or relevant fora or the development of a national anti-corruption strategy/policy:
    • Initiating an inclusive discussion/follow-up process that includes relevant governmental and non-governmental actors, on advancing specific reform efforts (in case such processes are lacking);
    • Where the UNCAC review is in its initial stages, coordinate an inclusive consultation process with non-governmental and governmental stakeholders;
    • Develop a strategic follow-up plan with government stakeholders on how to implement the country reviews’ and the parallel reports’ recommendations.

Guiding questions

  • What types of strategies and which approaches would help you have an impact?
  • What are the activities you think would have the most impact to address some of the weaknesses of the anti-corruption framework identified in the report or make progress towards implementation of the recommendations?
  • What reforms or changes appear to be politically feasible in the short- to mid-run, which ones would have a major impact?
  • Who are your possible allies to engage with that will learn to effect change?
  • Based on the steps you are proposing, how may they contribute to the desired change?

You can consult this TI Advocacy strategy document as a reference for developing your proposal.

Please feel free to come up with original proposals.

Outputs

Impact report, detailing your actions and how they contributed to change (2-4 pages)

Timeline

  • Within one month of receiving your application (at email hidden; JavaScript is required), the UNCAC Coalition Hub team will reach out to you to discuss your application and if the proposal has been accepted.
  • Depending on the activity, between 1-6 months.

A global civil society network promoting the implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)