HP128 - Southern civil society actors and advocacy policies for development
Convened by Willem Elbers, Lau Schulpen (both from Radboud University, the Netherlands), Margit van Wessel (Wageningen University, the Netherlands) and Jelmer Kamstra (MoFA of The Netherlands)

Thus far, advocacy research has primarily focused on international campaigns, putting large INGOs at the center of attention. In contrast, local advocacy dynamics in the global South remain poorly understood. This applies even more to advocacy undertaken by less formalized actors that are not connected to the international aid system, such as social movements or community based organizations. This panel provides a space for finished research papers that cover new ground, centering on ways to foreground the role of Southern CSOs’ advocacy in the context of development. In doing so, it aims to shift the agenda on advocacy in development research.