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A Free Policy Analysis and Engagement Toolkit : Guide for Pacific NGOs in the Fisheries Sector

A Free Policy Analysis and Engagement Toolkit aims at strengthening the capacity of members of non-government organisations (NGOs) to effectively contribute to both national and regional policy development processes and dialogues for effective formulation and implementation of public policy in the fisheries sector. It provides a structured approach to evaluating fisheries and fisheries-impacted policies and developing policy position submissions.

When discussing fisheries policy in this context we are referring essentially to public policy analysis. Questions often arise as to what is really meant by policy and why are policies important? What is a policy process? Is there a specific process that should be followed? What is involved in policy analysis? How can policy analysis contribute to effective policy engagement in terms of policy submissions?

This guide sets out to answer such questions and enhance the ability of NGOs representatives primarily working on fisheries-related policy issues by delivering a comprehensive yet simple and practical approach that guides them in their endeavor as policy analysts. The proposed model is a product of numerous interactions and dialogues with public officials and NGOs representatives in the region following years of engaging them in policy analysis trainings.

The model proposed addresses the fundamentals of policy analysis and importantly, it helps NGOs officials gain a good understanding in doing policy analysis for their own purpose. Further, NGOs officials benefit from the model by conducting policy analysis intended to positively and effectively inform decision-making in government and regional agencies. No model captures the complexity of policy analysis, especially in government. This toolkit however provides the essentials of policy analysis critical to building the capacity of NGOs in order for them and the communities they represent to make an effective contribution to decision-making at the national and regional levels.

For better understanding of this guide, it must be made clear from the outset that NGOs do not make public policy as this is the prerogative of public officials. However with the emphasis of the governments of the region in inclusive decisionmaking through the lens of good governance NGOs are expected to make profound contributions and positively influence the public policy making process mainly because they are expected to present the voice of various groups and communities on the ground.

You can download this toolkit for free here.

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