Objective 1: Public policy reform

Method of engagement

Campaign and lobby government for asset recovery related legislative, institutional and policy reform.

Possible actions

  • Develop and maintain contact with stakeholders driving legislative and public policy reform processes, such as key ministries, members of parliament and members and leaders of concerned parliamentary sub-committees.
  • Lobby state institutions and semi-state organisations (e.g. professional associations representing enablers) on addressing system weaknesses that allow assets to be stolen.
  • Develop case-based studies that draw out the underlying systems weaknesses that led to the assets to be lost, with a view to make the need for policy reform more easily accessible.
  • Engage with media, academia and other CSOs to align reform demands, generate a broad coalition and increase the number of advocacy channels.
  • Capitalise on political changes for opportunities to affect policy changes.
  • Actively follow the concerned country’s legislative reform schedule to conduct timely advocacy campaigns.
  • Identify and partner with potential champions for legislative initiatives as an avenue to propose provisions dealing with the asset recovery process.

Best practices

  • Identify specific expectations and goals to be achieved within your reach of capabilities.
  • Develop a core message of your work and adapt it to different audiences.
  • Present information and resources only from reliable sources to establish credibility.
  • Consider approaching third parties to independently assess the benefits of the proposed changes, in order to increase their appeal.
  • Identify the constraints in conveying your message to key decision makers (if you cannot lobby direct decision makers, lobby those who have influence over direct decision makers).

Resources

CSO examples


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