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Lobby Support and Capacity Building
Lobby support is an integral component of the IPAC's repertoire which is accomplished through a variety of activities. It could include many things such as drawing up a lobbying plan, organizing meetings with experts and workshops for determining positions, researching policy in preparation for a lobby campaign, organizing lobbying appointments, organizing trips for members of parliament, monitoring and evaluating lobby campaigns and so forth.

Also, capacity building in lobbying and advocacy is one of the regular services of IPAC. Under this portfolio, in the first year three national/regional level trainings were organized by the centre in India. The trainings are jointly facilitated by international facilitators and local trainers. The training workshops are designed to draw on advocacy and lobby experience that enable participants to reflect on and deepen their understanding of the connections between their organization, governance structure and larger civil society.

One of the critical activities of IPAC is to facilitate client's access to decision makers, in particular the elected representatives at the national and state level. To do this in a systematic and lasting manner, IPAC regularly interacts with Members of Parliament, cutting across party affiliations to develop or help clients gain easy access.

It is expected that these capacity building and lobby support sessions will help create a group of "professional lobbyists" in the "non-profit sector" that can provide mutual support and extend possibilities for collaboration within and outside of the formal network activities. The curriculum for such sessions and workshops is often designed to meet the needs of the participants as highlighted by them through a Training Needs Assessment.

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