CODEC Techniques for Effective Advocacy to Access in Rights
Based on CODEC Advocacy Program, CODEC organized and mobilized numbers of round table meetings, press conference, social campaign and electronic media show especially talk show on TV channel at national level. Policy makers especially honorable Minister, Members of Parliamentarian Standing Committee, Member of Parliament (MP) participated in these events. CODEC also facilitated networking with like minded NGOs and local journalists, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), national print and electronic media to address the issues and concerns of the issues of coastal and reverine communities at national level. There are some common denominators such as coastal CBOs facilitated by the CODEC, Bangladesh to secure their rights and entitlements through advocacy campaigns at local and national level. The major learning of CODEC in this aspect that It is essential to maintain clarity in communications at coastal level to national level and messages should be compelling for those to whom they are intended; calls to action should be specific and concise. Good planning and organization must combine with the ability to mobilize broad coalitions of public and private support towards a common goal of CODEC Advocacy to access in rights and entitlements of the coastal disadvantaged communities. It involves taking action and initiative. Before adopting a campaigning orientation, it is worth asking whether the goals could be better achieved by dialogue or quiet negotiation. The consequences of CODEC Advocacy and Access in Rights program intervention, the Government became concerned and initiated some policy related action such as providing and ensuring food security for the fisher-folk communities in the period of banned Ilsha catching, ID card issues for the fishermen those go for fishing in long distance in the sea etc. Through capacity enhancement of CBOs, CODEC facilitated to access to information and in their means to exercise their rights to freedom of expression. The lack of “voice” of disadvantaged coastal communities and groups is a challenge at the core of pro-poor advocacy in coastal areas of Bangladesh on adaptation, mitigation and resilience access. It is one of the reasons why advocacy for equitable access to community favor Policies, Plan and Implementation is important and emerging. At the same time, it compromises the ability of coastal disadvantaged communities themselves to advocate for their own adaption through their own organization with the adverse situation growing with the changes of climates and their emerging needs. This is called CODEC Pro-Poor Advocacy and access to Rights.