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This issue contains nine papers dealing with influencing public policy through advocacy and lobbying. Influencing Public Policy (Rajesh Tandon) looks at opportunities nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have for influencing public policy and constraints to advocacy. Recent Changes in the Global Aid Environment (Sunimal Fernando) considers changes in the northern donors that are leading to a redefinition of the relationship between them and southern NGOs. NGOs and Policy Influence (Jane G. Covey) explores three issues that are important for the expanding role of NGOs in policy influence. Advocacy for Influencing Policy (T. D. Daniel) addresses the role of and challenges for NGOs in policy influence. Public Education and the Commonwealth Government (Alstair D. Crombie) interprets and reflects on a survey of Australian Commonwealth Government programs that included some element of public (community) education. World Summit on Social Development: A Postscript (Maria Lourdes Almazan-Khan) presents reflections resulting from the author's participation at the United Nations World Summit on Social Development, Copenhagen, Denmark. Lessons Learned: Making Summits Work (UNICEF) describes strategies for implementing goals, including identification of the do-able, political commitment, mobilization of a much wider range of social resources, and deployment of the expertise and resources of the United Nations (UN). The United Nations and the Nongovernmental Organizations (N. Jasenthuliyana) discusses the role NGOs play in the work of the UN. Asian Regional Forum of Alternative Institutions (Rajesh Tandon, Argus Purnomo) argues for the creation of an Asian Regional Forum on Alternative Development Institutions. A book review by Pathma N. Sivaram of Demanding Accountability is provided. (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Advocacy, Agency Role, Community Education, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Foreign Countries, Nongovernmental Organizations, Policy Formation, Private Agencies, Public Policy, Voluntary Agencies

Autor: ASPBAE Courier, n59 Dec 1994


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