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The Access Initiative: Forming national research and review teams


The National Coalition

  • A lead organization

    • Convenes coalitions

    • Coordinates workshop

    • Communicates with TAI network

  • A research/project team

    • Carries out assessment

    • Writes report

  • An advisory/review panel

    • Reviews results

    • Helps publicize the assessment


Team skills and knowledge

Expertise Needed

Skills Needed

Sociology

Leadership

Indicators

Coordination

Environmental information

PR/Media

Public participation

Research

Law

Advocacy

Various Sectors


Team qualities

Credibility

Integrity

Trust

Respect

Good relations with government

Good relations with NGOs

Ability to convene


Team responsibilities

  • Conduct research

  • Generate answers

  • Conduct assessment and analysis

  • Produce reports and other materials (scorecards, brochure, website, CD, etc.)

  • Support dialogue

  • Undertake outreach


Teams: Examples

Mexico:

  • An environmental law NGO

  • An environmental education NGO

  • A grassroots NGO

  • An NGO promoting public participation

    South Africa:

  • A network of 380 community NGOs

  • A law clinic at the University of Pretoria

    Chile:

  • A democracy and participation NGO

  • A pro-bono environmental law firm

  • An NGO dealing with environmental and economic policy


The Review/Advisory Panel

Composition

Functions

  • Input to selections of cases

  • Review of assessment

  • Contribution to outreach

  • Agreement on priorities

  • Government

  • Academia

  • NGOs

  • Reporters

  • Other?


Review/Advisory Panels: Examples

Thailand:

  • Ministry of Environment

  • A prominent reporter and philosopher

  • NGOs

  • Federation of Thai Industry (private sector)

    Uganda:

  • The Ministry of Environment

  • The Ministry of Justice

  • Parliament

  • NGOs

  • Newspaper


Collaboration for action

Engaging the Review Panel

  • Selection of Cases

  • Review of findings

  • Outreach


Collaboration for action

Engaging Stakeholders

  • Discussing Findings

  • Setting Priorities

  • Planning Action

  • Undertaking Action


Collaboration: National examples

  • Mexico

    • Priorities identified at community meetings with team and panel

    • Team and MoE develop a joint workplan to address priorities

  • Thailand

    • Priorities identified at a multi-stakeholder meeting

    • Government revises public participation process in EIA


The National Team - Regional Role

  • Present at regional events

  • Collaborate in regional workshops

  • Exchange ideas with other teams

  • Get help and review from Core Team regional leader and other partners


The National Team – Global Role

  • Submit results to TAI for review and posting

  • Share ideas and lessons learned with global partners

  • Participate in global meetings

  • Draw on TAI’s resources – publications, website, list-servs, outreach literature


Partnership for Principle 10

  • Taking TAI to the next level through implementation

  • Bringing governments and NGOs together

  • Encouraging shared commitments for better access to decision-making


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