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Course E062: Citizens and Advocacy (Advanced Course)

3 September-18 November 2014 (E06214) | Register for this course (page will open in new window)
28 January-14 April 2015 (E06215) | Register for this course (page will open in new window)

This e-learning course provides citizen activists, community and development workers and other change agents with a range of proven advocacy methods and critical concepts as a means for them to reflect on and deepen their own work. The course will look at the theoretical foundations and critical issues of advocacy, elements of advocacy planning, and strategies for action.

In this course, participants should deepen their knowledge about advocacy and its relationship to: Politics and Democracy; Citizenship and Rights; Power, Empowerment and Citizen Education and Action. Participants will gain basic skills and knowledge in: visioning; contextual analysis; problem/issue identification; analysis and prioritisation; power mapping; goal/objective setting; analysis of advocacy arenas and strategies; message development, reports and media; public outreach and mobilisation; lobbying and negotiation; advocacy leadership and coalition building; and assessment of success.

The certificate course involves approximately 50 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction with students and instructor/facilitator, webinars and assignments, and is offered over an 11-week period. The course is based on a participatory, active learning approach, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning. Participants will do the required readings, prepare interim and final assignments and participate in group discussions. The main course text will be A New Weave of Power, People, and Politics: An Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation, by Lisa VeneKlaasen and Valerie Miller. The maximum number of course participants is 25. It is also possible to be an auditor of the course. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Course outline

Week 1. Politics, Advocacy, Democracy, Rights and Citizenship
Week 2. Power, Empowerment and Citizen Education and Engagement
Week 3. Advocacy Effectiveness: Factors and Measures of Success
Week 4. Overview of Planning; Analysis of Political and Social Context
Week 5. Identification, Analysis and Definition of Problems; Selection of Priority Issues
Week 6. "Open week"
Week 7. Analysis of Political Arenas and Advocacy Strategies; Selection of Policy Hooks and Angles
Week 8. Analysis of Forces, Friends and Foes; Review and Readjustment of Strategies
Week 9. Messages, Reports and Media
Week 10. Public Outreach and Mobilisation
Week 11. Lobbying and Negotiation; Advocacy Leadership and Coalitions

About the instructor

Ahmed Karaoud is a freelance human rights consultant & trainer from Tunisia. He served as the Head of Amnesty International's Middle East-North Africa (MENA) Office in Beirut (Lebanon) from 1996-2002. Previously, he was the Director of Training at the Arab Institute for Human Rights (1996-2001). Mr. Karaoud was imprisoned for many years for his non-violent political activities during the reign of the authoritarian regime in Tunisia. With more than thirty years of experience in the region, Mr. Karaoud is a seasoned human rights defender and trainer. His areas of expertise include human rights advocacy, monitoring, and transitional justice. He has been an instructor and trainer for HREA since 2006, including for the Young Arab Human Rights Defenders Program and for e-learning courses on Citizens and Advocacy (Arabic and French) and Monitoring Children's Rights (French).

Who should apply

The course is intended for citizen activists, community and development workers and staff members of human rights/social justice organisations. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 725. Tuition for auditors: US$ 275. There are no scholarships or discounted tuition rates available for this course.

Payments can be made online by major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal, bank transfer and money transfer (Western Union, MoneyGram). Bulk rates are available.


Register for this course (page will open in new window). Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration deadline, but please be aware that courses generally fill up quickly!

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