Chapter 14: Advocacy & Legal Advice Centres (ALACs) Experiences in fostering citizen participation and government responsiveness Angela Keller-Herzog. Kumarian Press. Unpacking statements about ‘lack of political will’ a little…. Is it like a light-switch?
Advocacy & Legal Advice Centres (ALACs)
Experiences in fostering citizen participation and government responsiveness
Statements which attribute our failures to “lack of political will” can have a strong sub-text of disempowerment and disconnectedness
A Case Study
ALAC activities are to:
The democratisation of the anti-corruption fight: little….At a basic and obvious level, the ALACs are the empowerment of individuals to fight against corruption. In this, ALACs provide a practical answer to the problem of how to broaden the anti-corruption coalition and involve citizens.
Institutional reform:By using information gained from cases (either individual cases or common themes running through a variety of cases), the ALACs are able to advocate for reform. Many larger-scale changes have been effected by ALACs, including, for example, introduction of whistle-blower laws, new administrative procedures for inspections and licenses.
In practice ALACs vary enormously from country to country.
Environment: If legal system functions, ALACs can focus more on pursuit of legal remedies. More broadly, the environment for ALACs is set by how citizenship can be practiced in a country. Culture and history are important in shaping the functioning of institutions.
NC leadership and management choices: Different perception of risks, different perception of opportunities, different roads to Rome.
Key Success Factors of TI ALACs: