“For no advocacy only concerns one, advocates are never alone.”
It is necessary to build partnerships. As much as we have our individual strengths, we can create more lasting and wider impacts together.
Also create a connection with your partner-beneficiaries. Get personal, find out what motivates them to do what they do and help foster that. Learn the context behind your partner-beneficiaries’ idea of peace and use that knowledge to make peace-building and the prevention of violent extremism a more familiar concept to them.
Allow your communities to take the lead in different tasks and responsibilities. This will make way for trust to build between your party and theirs and allow for long-term engagement for your project and ensure its sustainability.
Additionally, developing ties with your community and like-minded organizations will help in building your partner-beneficiaries’ trust in your group and activities. Requesting for an audience with local offices and authorities will help showcase the legitimacy of your project and will show the community that you are interested in assisting them and presenting them with new ideas for development.
Together Tip: Much likely, people before you are already fighting the same advocacies, that’s why you do not need to start from scratch!