Johns Hopkins SAIS expert available to discuss effective advocacy in communications for international development

Effective advocacy in strategic communications for international development is often necessary to achieve changes in budgetary allocations and shaping the implementation of programs or policies, according to a new paper by Tanvi Nagpal, Associate Director of International Development at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
In assessing advocacy strategies and reviewing current challenges for local sanitation budgets in developing countries, Dr. Nagpal found that nongovernmental and community-based organizations rarely tailor their communication to overcome implementation barriers or rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of their messages. She is available to further discuss:

  • How citizens and civil society groups can organize strategic communications and advocacy to support development goals?
  • What impact will the proposed U.S. budget cuts have on ongoing programs to support improvements in delivery of basic services abroad?
  • What are the main challenges for delivering basic services to growing urban populations in developing countries?
  • How can municipal governments in developing countries increase spending on safe drinking water, sanitation and solid waste management?

Dr. Nagpal has more than two decades of experience in international development policy research and program management in East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. She has expertise on a range of development issues including sustainable and equitable water; sanitation and solid waste service delivery; supporting communities and local governments to manage environmental resources; and generating support for pro-poor urban policies and programs. 
She has worked for the World Bank, think tanks, and non-government organizations, as well as consulted for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Dr. Nagpal, who teaches courses on improving service delivery in developing countries and inclusive urbanization, leads the Practicum capstone for students in the International Development Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Read more: Message, method and messenger – a literature survey and typology for planning strategic advocacy
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Friday, June 9, 2017