Skip to content Skip to cookie consent

Podcast

How to advocate for change

Learn about the tools and qualities needed for advocacy that changes lives

2022

How to build community - a podcast series with Arukah Network
How to build community - a podcast series with Arukah Network

From: How to build community

A podcast series for anyone wanting to help their community to thrive 

About this episode

Advocacy experts Munyaradzi Mataruse, Chalwe Nyrienda and Joanna Watson talk about community-led advocacy and how we can start advocating for change where we live.

Total Time

Total Time

‘A powerful advocate is often someone who just wants to see change.’
Joanna Watson

Podcast highlights

  • Advocacy aims to influence the decisions of those in government, in particular the public policies and practices that shape economic and social development. 

    Community-led advocacy refers to activities that are carried out by citizens to influence local decision-makers and bring positive change to their communities.

    Advocacy aims to influence the decisions of those in government, in particular the public policies and practices that shape economic and social development. 

    Community-led advocacy refers to activities that are carried out by citizens to influence local decision-makers and bring positive change to their communities.

  • The podcast guests explain that great advocates demonstrate many important qualities: collaboration, high relational ability, persistence, commitment and conviction. 

    They also mention ‘social accountability’. This is when government officials and key decision-makers are held to account by the citizens they represent.

    Governments have a responsibility to create a secure environment where their citizens can thrive. This includes providing safe and equitable access to services such as electricity, water, sanitation, waste management and healthcare. In a social accountability initiative, community members might collect household information about the quality of these services. They can then use this information to hold decision-makers to account if service provision is poor or unjust.

    Local government leaders are often grateful when community members draw their attention to a problem, as it helps them to understand what they need to do to make the situation better.

    The podcast guests explain that great advocates demonstrate many important qualities: collaboration, high relational ability, persistence, commitment and conviction. 

    They also mention ‘social accountability’. This is when government officials and key decision-makers are held to account by the citizens they represent.

    Governments have a responsibility to create a secure environment where their citizens can thrive. This includes providing safe and equitable access to services such as electricity, water, sanitation, waste management and healthcare. In a social accountability initiative, community members might collect household information about the quality of these services. They can then use this information to hold decision-makers to account if service provision is poor or unjust.

    Local government leaders are often grateful when community members draw their attention to a problem, as it helps them to understand what they need to do to make the situation better.

  • While claiming the right to good practices and provision in the community is an important part of advocacy, so is the recognition that we all have important responsibilities.  

    If we pay our taxes, look after our surroundings and interact well with other community members we show that we understand this. And it places us in a much stronger position when we decide to make requests of our local authorities.

    While claiming the right to good practices and provision in the community is an important part of advocacy, so is the recognition that we all have important responsibilities.  

    If we pay our taxes, look after our surroundings and interact well with other community members we show that we understand this. And it places us in a much stronger position when we decide to make requests of our local authorities.

About this podcast

How to build community is a podcast and radio show from Arukah Network and Tearfund’s Footsteps magazine.

The podcast gives people the opportunity to inspire and motivate others by talking about their community projects and ideas. Please get in touch if you have any ideas for future podcast episodes.


Young man listens to a podcast on his phone

Never miss an episode!

Subscribe to Tearfund Learn emails and be the first to hear about our latest podcasts and publications.

Sign up

Share this resource

If you found this resource useful, please share it with others so they can benefit too.

Get our email updates

Be the first to hear about our latest learning and resources

Sign up now

Cookie preferences

Your privacy and peace of mind are important to us. We are committed to keeping your data safe. We only collect data from people for specific purposes and once that purpose has finished, we won’t hold on to the data.

For further information, including a full list of individual cookies, please see our privacy policy.

  • These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

  • These cookies allow us to measure and improve the performance of our site. All information these cookies collect is anonymous.

  • These allow for a more personalised experience. For example, they can remember the region you are in, as well as your accessibility settings.

  • These cookies help us to make our adverts personalised to you and allow us to measure the effectiveness of our campaigns.