Parliamentary Advocacy in the Extractive Industries: A Guide for Civil Society

This guide was produced as part of Policy Forum’s documentation of its parliamentary advocacy and engaging on legislation in the area of mining in Tanzania. In partnership with Revenue Watch Institute, we undertook to improve the capacity of Civil Society Organisations, media and legislators to oversee the Executive’s management of Tanzania’s extractive resources. The Civil Society Organisations under the capacity building programme went on to play a pivotal role in the process of influencing the country’s Mining Act of 2010.

The purpose of this guide, hence, is to enhance the parliamentary advocacy strategies of civil society organisations including those intending to use lobbying, campaigning and media interventions to influence legislation in the extractive sectors. It is also intended for those interested in learning from the experiences of civil society organisations in Tanzania who engaged in the processes of enacting their country’s new mining law in 2010. It is a case study approach but has practical tools for learning including suggestions for group exercises in a training setting.

Policy Forum (PF) is a network of over 100 civil society organizations (CSOs) that seeks to strengthen NGO involvement in critical policy processes in Tanzania. The main focus is to make policies work for people, especially for the poor, and for policy processes to be opened up and be made more transparent, democratic, participatory and accountable.

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