Thursday, 18 December 2014

News from the Latvian NGDO Platform LAPAS

While planning the activities for the upcoming EU Presidency in 2015, the Latvian development CSO platform LAPAS also organised capacity building activities for its members and advocated for Post-2015 issues at national level.

From education to campaigning
While Latvian NGOs have a wide and good experience in global education, campaigning on development has not been much practiced so far. In the light of upcoming DEAR projects to be implemented by Latvian NGOs and the European Year for Development 2015, with support from TRIALOG, the Latvian platform LAPAS organised a training event on campaigning for its members. The training covered a wide range of issues such as a new communication strategy for LAPAS, debate on link between personal and organisational values, review of best practice stories from Red Jackets – the platform of best exporting brands in Latvia – as well as theoretical and practical perspectives from ActionAid global. The participants found the training inspirational and have planned ways of improving their own informational and awareness raising campaigns.

National Advocacy for post2015
On November 3 2014, the Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation organised a National Workshop to discuss post2015 issues. A wide range of stakeholders – development and green NGOs, academia and experts, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Environment and Regional Development, gathered to present opinions on postMDGs and postRio+20 processes and to discuss about national and European perspectives. As a result, a National Advocacy plan will be drafted, including positions on all key areas in post2015 (which will be available also in English). The event was organised with the financial assistance of the European Union, under the programme SD2015 implemented in partnership with CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Stakeholder Forum and UNDESA.

Photo of the national advocacy event: LAPAS
Information provided by Inese Vaivare, LAPAS

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