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Self-help group members pass their savings to the group leader during a weekly meeting. Photo: Cally Spittle/Tearfund

From: Mobilising local resources – Footsteps 93

Making the most of what we have, sharing it and increasing it

One way of mobilising resources is to work in partnership with local decision-makers. Local government often has money to spend in the local area, and communities may wish to influence how the money is spent. The following guidelines are for when we arrange a meeting with a decision-maker, such as a local government official, business leader or religious leader, and we want to develop a relationship with them in which we can make requests and offer encouragement and support.

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Before the meeting

Think about who you will meet with

Plan who will attend the meeting with you

Arrange the meeting

Plan how to present your requests at the meeting

Logistics

During the meeting

Introductions

Keeping on track

After the meeting

Adapted from the forthcoming second edition of Tearfund’s Advocacy toolkit (ROOTS 1 and 2) by Joanna Watson.

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