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Advocacy /Lobbying

This components seeks to effectively coordinate collective policy
engagements by UPHLS on policy issues of interest as well as for long-
perspective planning.
This builds on UPHLS core functions and experience of coordinating coalition
to engage in collective policy advocacy and engagements in key policy
processes.
Our role will be in the development and monitoring of social policies like the
National strategy for transformation (NST 1), the National Budget process. 
In all this work, UPHLS value lies in ‘bringing together’ coalition groups to
participate in multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral policy processes, to elicit
the value of collective organizing and action, and inspire activism and
solidarity over key policy processes.
In consolidating coalition participation in policy spaces, including the ‘invited
policy spaces’ mentioned above, we continue to focus on creating platforms
and spaces for reflection, critical review and appraisal of collective coalition
positions on a range of social, economic, political and other issues of interest
to coalition members and of consequence to the nation, so that coalition
views, knowledge and perspectives are better harnessed to contribute to
better governance and development.
Our advocacy work follows our theory of change that moves from policy
mapping, policy analysis to policy monitoring. Policy platforms are the
organizing frame. UPHLS works with its members and constituencies to
create policy platforms encompassing all levels, from the local to national.
The platforms are coalitions that do not require formal membership ; they
are flexible coalitions and maximize inclusiveness. Their major role is to
develop and promote positions and policy alternatives that reflect the widest
diversity and best practices of coalition members experience and
perspectives.
Furthermore, we work with our members and constituency through
platforms, to develop and promote positions and policy alternatives that
reflect the diversity and perspectives on inclusiveness.

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