Regional Workshop-‘ Strategies for Consumers and Civil Society Organisations in Influencing Economic Policymaking’

Enhance the capacity of consumer and civil society organizations in articulating, influencing of socio-economic policymaking and their implementation at the national, regional and international level.
Workshop Objectives

  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of consumer and civil society organisations in the region in influencing economic policies;
  • Provide an informed assessment of consumer power and potential in policymaking;
  • Review experiences in policy advocacy and its significance to better public service, and the instruments for enforcing them;
  • Examine how to foster mutual understanding between government–policymakers, regulators, goods and services providers and consumer / civil society organizations;
  • Examine the place of consumer education and protection in contemporary governance concerns; and
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of the role of consumer and civil sector organizations in socio-economic agenda planning, participation and formulation;
  • Analyze experiences with regard to the development and implementation of advocacy strategies;
  • Examine available information sources and support tools for socio-economic decision-making; and Identify key capacity-building requirements and determine steps for regional collaboration and information exchange.