ADVICE on HOW to LOBBY for a POLICY CHANGE in KENYA

ADVICE on HOW to LOBBY for a POLICY CHANGE in KENYA

Any change will play a huge role in individual and communal growth. In a country, it will mean adopting new ideas that can result in, for instance, economic growth. However, implementing change does not come without hurdles such as resistance from the general public and leaders. If you hope to see change happen, you should equip yourself with information on ensuring a smooth policy change process.

A Policy Handbook
A Policy Handbook

Is lobbying for a policy change beneficial?

As mentioned above, the policy change will result in growth. For instance, a policy seeking to reduce the amount of money that expectant mothers will pay during their delivery will give them a chance to afford healthcare to bring their babies to live in a conducive environment. Additionally, such a policy will help future mothers in the years to come. It, therefore, is essential to lobby for change, provided that it is not for your gain.

Tips on how to lobby for a policy change in Kenya

Anticipate backlash – as stated earlier, it is highly likely that some individuals or groups will go against what you hope to achieve. Anticipate what they will say or do to ensure that your goal to achieve a policy change dies. By doing so, you will develop ways to prove that your opinions remain valid even with their backlash. Since you cannot anticipate all their countermeasures alone, make sure to have some people in your team to help.

Collect people’s opinions – make sure you have many people supporting your decision to lobby for a policy change. At times, you may be required to present signatures or videos of people saying they agree with what you hope the policy change will achieve. However, do not give fake opinions, as this will increase the chances of your policy change being denied. 

Public Opinion Matters
Public Opinion Matters

Show how the policy change will help – give real-life stories of how the current policy has disadvantaged many people. Also, explain how the new policy will benefit everyone. These will prompt the leaders to consider implementing the policy change because they will want to fulfill their promises to those who placed them in power positions. 

Follow up – make sure to determine whether the relevant parties will consider your plea for a policy change. Otherwise, the leaders may occupy themselves with more pressing matters. After getting information on the progress, share it with the people who devoted their time to back your policy change goals. If your lobby for a policy change is denied, do not give up. As long as you believe in what you are fighting for, everything will come into place sooner rather than later.

Conclusion

Lobbying for a policy change is no easy task. It requires a lot of focus and patience. Focusing on the benefits that will occur on implementation of the policy will give you the strength to fight no matter how long it will take. To increase your chances of lobbying for a policy change successfully, make sure to anticipate resistance from some leaders and members of the public. Also, get as many people as possible on your team by explaining how the policy will benefit them.

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