Article Lists 10 Lessons For NGOs From Muskoka Initiative To Achieve SDG Successes

Institute for Research on Public Policy’s “Policy Options”: How an NGO coalition helped score the Muskoka Initiative
Elly Vandenberg, professor of global practice at the Munk School of Global Affairs, “reflect[s] on how a coalition of NGOs in Canada contributed to a 2010 ‘policy win’: the Muskoka Initiative. The coalition persuaded the Canadian government to champion ideas and goals not previously on its agenda and, in the years following, ensured they were implemented. … NGOs should consider the following 10 practical lessons learned as they approach the SDGs. 1. Pay attention to context and create opportunity … 2. Keep the policy ‘ask’ simple … 3. Leave egos and logos behind when leading in a coalition … 4. Build evidence-based consensus … 5. Listen carefully to political needs and find ways to respond to them … 6. Understand that policy development requires flexibility, responsiveness, and trade-offs … 7. Gauge the decision-making context through stakeholder ‘mapping’ … 8. Acknowledge that how one engages is as critical as with whom one engages … 9. Collaborate … 10. Monitoring and Implementation…” (2/7).