Advocacy in all its forms seek to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable , are able to have their voices heard on issues that are important to them, defend and safeguard their rights, and have their views and wishes genuinely considered when policies are made.
TUP advocacy focuses on addressing and promoting actions for fulfillment of the needs of the ultra poor, therefore significantly contributing to ensure sustainable inclusion of ultra poor families into mainstream development programmes. The programme is committed to developing stronger tools for national advocacy around extreme poverty. Writing and speaking on behalf of TUP participants, sharing their experiences and that of stakeholders and visitors are part of the main work this initiative engages in.
Strengthening existing knowledge, organising events regarding extreme poverty, exploring opportunities to develop stronger collaboration with other extreme poverty players to develop a stronger mechanism for national and international advocacy are some of the goals of the advocacy team. Constructing awareness-creating activities for the extreme poor are necessary in the government poverty reduction strategy to influence the government to work in partnership with NGOs and other stakeholders for the adoption and implementation of the ‘graduation model’. In solidarity with the various campaigns for eradicating all forms of poverty by 2030, the TUP advocacy networks and works in collaboration with national and international alliances and stakeholders by sharing the evidence of success of the ultra poor graduation model.
The TUP advocacy team also shares lessons from various extreme poverty programmes to help understand the graduation model in different contexts, and to be able to significantly contribute to the poverty eradication process.
At the national and international levels, this initiative aims to influence processes that have an impact on the lives of the poorest. It works in partnership with a wide range of actors including civil society networks, governments and the private sector.