Lesson

The perfect can be the enemy of the good

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 project
proposal had included the development and drafting of legislation. However, when the
Ministry of the Interior (MoI) launched a bill, IP determined that it would make more sense
to engage in and influence the MOI’s proposal rather than seek to push their own initiative.
IP engaged in a dual-pronged stategy during the advocacy process that included both
constructive and frequent dialogue with the MoI on the content of the law as well as civic
activism to pressure parliament on approval of the legislation.