Top skills for global development advocacy

If you are working as a global development advocate, what are the top skills that you need to acquire so that you can successfully influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems to benefit your organizations and partners? Share4VnDev is pleased to introduce an article that lists 7 soft skills that are critical for advocacy professionals. Let’s have a look:

  • Learn to listen: The most fundamental skill for advocacy is the ability to listen- Listen to local communities, local staff, to your partners.
  • Teamwork: “Like all great successes, advocacy depends on teamwork,”
  • Networking: Networking means building relationship internally in your organisation and externally with stakeholders you are trying to influence
  • Analytical Skills: The article says that it is critical to know power analysis and to have the ability to think things through so that you can “recognize who the influencers are on any given issue, where best to put your efforts and what the impact can be”
  • Communication: Advocacy is all about getting your message out so that you can engage different players so communication skill is very important.
  • Spend some time in the field: Spending time with local communities will help you understand challenges at the local level and the local context and how to connect these characteristics with the national and international policies.
  • Stay informed: “Knowing what is going on in the world, and keeping up-to-date with local, national and global news on the issues you work on is absolutely critical”

Please read the detailed article at the following link: Top skills for global development advocacy

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