International Lobbying and Advocacy

The evaluation on the International Lobbying and Advocacy Programs financed by the second term of the Dutch Co-Financing System (MFS II) aims to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of the advocacy programs for the development sector; and to apply and contribute to innovative methodology development for advocacy evaluations.

Dutch development agencies receive government funding to strengthen civil society in the global South in an effort to reduce poverty in a more sustainable way. Rather than focusing on a specific country, this particular evaluation focuses on lobbying and advocacy, covering the period 2011 – 2014.


For this research we distinguish three thematic clusters covering 8 Alliances and 16 advocacy programs:

  1. (i) sustainable livelihoods and economic justice;
  2. (ii) sexual and reproductive health and rights; and
  3. (iii) protection, human security, and conflict prevention.


Effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of the advocacy programs are assessed by using triangulation of multiple methods and sources. Hereby we take an actor-oriented approach, incorporating important interactions within the dynamic environment of advocacy and including intended and unintended outcomes while addressing three thematic priority result areas (agenda setting, policy influencing and changing practice).