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Enabling rules for advocacy in Kenya

Catalysing development: towards enabling rules for advocacy in Kenya

This study examines how the ‘institutional design’ of aid chains shapes the ability of CSOs in the Global South to undertake advocacy work. The chain of funding for civil society aid, which flows from the North to South (from institutional donor to international CSO to local CSO), comes with policy priorities and requirements. How this aid chain is organized (i.e. its institutional design) shapes the way development work is undertaken. The study conceptualizes the institutional design of aid chains as consisting of interrelated ‘rules’ regulating, for example, who is in and out, roles and responsibilities, decision making, and information sharing.

The aim of the study is to clarify how the civil society aid chain influences the ability of CSOs to engage in various types of advocacy for inclusive development. The research will employ a comparative analysis of the institutional design of the Strategic Partnership (SP) and Accountability Fund (AF) – two main lobby and advocacy instruments of the Dutch government. It investigates the similarities and differences in the rules of these instruments and their underlying policy beliefs, application and impact on advocacy roles. This will allow for findings and recommendations to be produced on these two important lobbying and advocacy instruments of the Dutch government.

The SP-case in the research involves the Women@Work programme of Hivos in Kenya. The AF-case still has to be determined, in consultation with the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi. Besides studying the impact of the rules on the ability of CSOs to undertake advocacy work within the aid chain, the study will also examine relevant CSOs outside the aid chain. The study will employ a range of methods to collect data and triangulate findings, including: analysis of relevant documents, interviews, focus group discussions and (participatory) observations.

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  • African Studies Centre Leiden
  • Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen
  • Hivos
  • Institute for Development Studies of the University of Nairobi

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