Pushing boundaries in Advocacy for Inclusion

29 January 2020 -  The Student Hotel, Hoefkade 9, The Hague
Time: 8.45 – 18.00

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What is the best way to strengthen political participation of people facing marginalisation and discrimination in the global South? How can unheard voices be amplified and connected in efforts to leave no one behind? What evidence exists about effective advocacy methods and collaborations?

These and other questions are central in the upcoming conference ‘Pushing boundaries in Advocacy for Inclusion’ - hosted by the Liliane Foundation, the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development, and the African Studies Center Leiden.

This conference provides an opportunity for professionals, activists, policy makers, media and academics to share their knowledge, experiences and emerging insights on advocacy for inclusion by and with a wide range of rightsholders groups. Key themes include the success factors of advocacy, the importance of intersectionality and the roles of Northern and Southern organisations in advocacy networks.

Key note speaker: Duncan Green

Duncan Green is a Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB and Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics, honorary Professor of International Development at Cardiff University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies. He is author of How Change Happens (OUP, October 2016) and From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World (Oxfam International, 2008, second edition 2012). Read his daily development blog.

Opening speech: Ton Dietz

Ton Dietz was the director of the African Studies Centre Leiden and Professor of the Study of African Development at Leiden University from May 2010 until September 2017. Although he is now officially emeritus, he is still active as co-chair of the Leiden African Studies Assembly (LeidenASA). Before coming to Leiden Ton Dietz was a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Amsterdam (1995-2010; he still is a Guest Professor at the UvA), and Scientific Director of the National Research School for Resource Studies for Development, CERES, and a Professor at Utrecht University (2002-2007).

Moderator: Clarice M.D. Gargard

Clarice M.D. Gargard is a journalist, NRC columnist, program maker and social advocate. She worked for BNNVARA, AT5, Vogue and the Correspondent. As a social advocate she represents the contemporary, inclusive feminism, that stands for customized emancipation and an equal and sustainable world. In 2019 she is the Dutch UN Women Representative and gave speech about women's rights at the UN General Assembly. In 2019 her documentary Daddy and the Warlord (director Shamira Raphaela) and book Daughter of Dragons (Arbeiderspers) was published, about her family history and the Liberian civil wars.


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This conference is part of two ongoing learning trajectories on advocacy:

'Breaking down Barriers’ was initiated by the Liliane Foundation and the African Studies Centre (Leiden University) in 2015 to identify the success factors of advocacy for disability advocacy.

• The ‘Voices for Inclusion’ project is a collaboration between the Liliane Foundation, the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development and Voice focusing on learning and cooperation between different rightsholders groups advocating for their inclusion and to have their rights respected.