Advocacy and policy work
Diakonia is an awareness raiser and advocacy organization in Sweden and Europe. We strive to present concrete proposals on how politics and policies in Sweden and the EU can be improved, not only criticising what we think is wrong.
Diakonia influences Swedish and EU politics
Many challenges in developing countries are closely linked to global challenges, but also to values, life styles, policies, economies, consumption and production patterns in developed countries. Diakonia, as part of a popular movement and linked to various networks, is also a political actor in its own right on the Swedish and European arena.
By raising awareness, encouraging mobilisation and action among our constituency towards politicians and other duty bearers in Sweden and the EU, we complement the work of the rights holders and our partner organisations in the regions.
Our advocacy work is rooted and has direct links to rights holders and partners, which allows for experience sharing and joint action as well as gives them opportunities to make their voices heard in arenas they might not have had access to before. We call this rooted advocacy.
Partners' cooperation with us on a policy level also strengthens their capacity for important local policy work.
Diakonia plays a role as a pro-active proposal maker and watch dog towards duty bearers in Sweden and the EU.
Diakonia's guidelines for advocacy
In our efforts to influence Swedish politicians and decision-makers we follow these guidelines:
Equal treatment of parties in the Parliament that share Diakonia's values. We share our information and offer dialogue with political parties about what we work with. Diakonia reserves the right to choose occurences where we invite to dialogue, events and cooperation to parties that do not share our values.
Openness: Diakonia's work with decision makers is characterised by a high level of openness. We keep our contacts with political parties as transaprent as possible, and we always strive to be able to provide with material and documents about us if it is requested.
Cooperation: We cooperate with other Swedish organizations when it comes to advocacy, among other things.
Individual engagement: In the work to influence decision-makers, the commitment of individuals, Diakonia representatives and congregations all over Sweden is of enormous importance, since they are both voters and the base of Diakonia's organization.
Dialogue with partners: It is often experiences and knowledge from our partners that form the basis of advocacy work in Sweden.
Sweden and the world
The work that Diakonia carries out in the rest of the world goes hand in hand with the work we undertake and support in Sweden.
One example is the work for social and economic justice. Some of our partners work with fair trade on a local level. Others work with the same issue, but on a national or regional level, often in large networks. And in Sweden Diakonia works with advocacy in order to improve Sweden's and the EU's politics on trade.
Some issues in focus in our advocacy work
Improve responsibility and development effectiveness of flows to developing countries
Reduce drainage of resources from developing countries and promote domestic resource mobilisation for development
Promote peaceful conflict management
Private actors in conflict
Protect Human Rights Defenders
Protect space for Civil Society
Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
Characteristics of Diakonia's advocacy work:
We work with rooted advocacy, meaning that we focus on issues that we, together with our partner organizations, have defined as the most important for sustainable change.
We combine the work with education and information to the Swedish public.
We work with long-term commitment and always base our opinions upon facts and knowledge.