Earlier this month, in a packed lecture theatre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, our CEO Eric Levine spoke about why we think advocacy is so important for development. The event was the first in a series of discussions on advocacy and development organised by the London International Development Centre (LIDC) and ONE.
Eric talked about our youth-led advocacy in Africa and Asia, ranging from sex education in Zambia to community habits and violence in Zimbabwe. Victoria Forsgate, Youth Engagement and Advocacy Manager, also talked about the success of ongoing campaigns run by the Student Stop AIDS Campaign, including the creation of the HIV Medicines Patent Pool.
Young people are too often excluded or overlooked in policy making and decisions about resource allocation that directly affects their lives, families, communities and countries. That's why Shaping Policy and Practice is one of the five major approaches in our five year global strategy.
The next event in the LIDC-ONE series will be held on 28 November 2011 at the Institute of Education and will explore how research and advocacy can work together for development. To read more about the event click here. To find out more about how we shape policy and practice click here.