Summer Budget Advocacy School took place in Odessa

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21 august 2018

More and more organizations and communities choose the BAS as the best format for training on budget advocacy.

On August 13 – 16 Budget Advocacy School for the community of convicts and prisoners took place in sunny Odessa. The organizers were International Renaissance Foundation, CO “100% of Life Network”, CO “Light of Hope”, NGO “Institute of Analysis and Advocacy”, NGO “Club” Chance” and NGO “Free Zone”.

Advocacy is one of the tools making possible to create the sustainability of financing services in places of deprivation of liberty from the budget. Therefore, we learn from BAS experts how to properly ensure the stability of financing these services,said Oleksiy Sorokin, BAS member.

During four days more than 25 participants of Budget Advocacy School studied the formation of policy priorities, features of advocacy and media campaigns, monitoring of budgetary funds. Also, representatives of the community of convicts and prisoners got acquainted with the basic tools of information design and analytics.

The main obstacles to the social adaptation of people released from places of liberty deprivation are the unpreparedness of society, the existing stigma and discrimination against these people. One of our achievements in this area is the employment of people who are in prison as social workers in the draft of non-governmental organizations. These people earn their own money and create their own material wealth for a normal stay in places of liberty deprivation. Also these people receive a profession, a specialty and self-development,” – noted Oleksiy Zagrebelnyi, executive director of NGO “Club “Chance”, BAS leading expert.

On the final day, participants tested their knowledge in practice, creating plans for their first advocacy campaigns.

This training is very important for me, because here are people who have long been engaged in advocacy. They have useful skills and new tools that will help us in the future. No doubt, anything I don’t know, I can get here,” – noted Inna Nehoda, BAS member.

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