A NEW WEAVE OF POWER, PEOPLE & POLITICS: The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation

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A NEW WEAVE OF POWER, PEOPLE & POLITICS: The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation


Wyman, Miriam, Women & Environments International Magazine


A NEW WEAVE OF POWER, PEOPLE & POLITICS: The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation. Lisa VeneKlasen with Valerie Miller. (Oklahoma City: World Neighbors, 2002) US$ 40.00

The Guide is like a quilt-making kit. Rather than preset designs, it contains a rich selection of patterns, pieces, and fabrics. From this colorful mix, the user can stitch together an advocacy strategy to fit particular contexts, needs, and visions.

A New Weave of Power, People & Politics is an action guide rooted in the understanding that "the very principles...of how to use citizen participation and advocacy to insure greater equity, justice, and inclusion were at the heart of how to achieve more long-lasting concepts of peace and security." It inserts notions of power, citizenship and human rights into debates on participation and advocacy, while providing valuable tools for doing so. The Guide grows out of the authors' concerns with the experiences of women's rights activists around the world.

It is designed for people and organizations grappling with issues of power, politics, and exclusion, including:

* Non-governmental organizations and grassroots groups interested in a rights-based approach to advocacy that combines policy influence activities with strategies to strengthen citizen participation, awareness and organization;

* Donor institutions interested in supporting comprehensive advocacy programs that focus on overcoming exclusion and subordination, as well as on building more democratic forms of public decision making;

* Development agencies interested in engaging their own service delivery structures and beneficiaries in the pursuit of development solutions through political process;

* Trainers, activists, organizers, and researchers interested in building bridges between civil society, government, business, and other influential people and institutions to promote more accountable political processes and responsive development policies. …

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