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Bringing together 10 years of useful lessons learned from UNDEF civil society projects

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Ensure materials and curriculum align with expertise of audience

The project workshop covered a great deal of complex and challenging material on an intensive basis over two long days. Although materials were circulated in advance, according to participants, only …
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Use mobile training units to reach more people

Although the youth responded strongly to the project’s capacity building offer, acceptance was less pronounced among local government officials at the barangay level, as well as among traditional/religious leaders. Only …

Compromise is often a necessary element of successful advocacy processes. Imperfect legislation for pedestrian’s rights can be better than no legislation, particularly when amendments can be introduced later. The original …

A CSO’s search for sustainability is never-ending. Every new project should include the “seeds” – innovative strategies – of future sustainability. Additionally, since securing funds from a specific international donor …

Consider revenue generating mechanisms including: membership fees; services fees; and private sector support; and build on project success to develop spin-off products that can be presented to international donors.

Consider developing formal partnerships with research organizations or think tanks, particularly those specialized in related topics such as public transportation.

Ensure that projects explicitly consider and raise awareness regarding the differentiated needs of vulnerable groups and establish partnerships with women’s organizations and CSO’s representing other marginalized communities.

Getting a law passed is only the beginning. Monitoring and further advocacy may be needed to ensure the law is implemented.

There is value in courting controversy: Strategies seen as controversial can generate more media buzz and can capture public attention.

Seeing is believing: Innovative techniques based on demonstration and experiential learning can be powerful tools for awareness raising.