IN THE DEFENCE OF OUR WORK

Our work as Public Policy Advocates entails a wide range of activities:

HOW CIVIL SERVANTS AND MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT CAN DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCATES

Engaging with Public Policy Advocates is vital in many respect for civil servants or MPs, since it is the job of most Public Policy Advocates to promote the interests of their organizations, clients or corporations in a way that builds positive working relationships with government, and it is important for government to consult with representatives of key stakeholders.

ETHICS IN POLITICS

Politicians cannot be expected NOT to be political. It makes good policy sense to take precautions against unethical forms of political conduct. The path of distrust leads to greater and greater public accountability of politicians, with many external accuntability agencies holding the line against formal breaches of ethical rules and expectations. But it also makes good policy sense to promote higher forms of ethical political conduct, beyond simple compliance with the rules.

MOST WANTED: POLITICAL LEADERSHIP

Society today is in a leaderhip crisis.  If leadership is to be defined as the ability to influence people then trust is the foundation for leadership. Each scandal (as we’re witnessing in France) chips away at the trust people placed in their political leaders.

GUIDELINES FOR DEVELOPING PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY CAPABILITY

Public Policy Advocacy  is essentially a skill, one that can be learned and adapted to varying circumstances. As with any skill, there are also some fundamental capabilities that need to be developed to take full advantage of what public policy advocacy can offer. The most important of these are:

MISTAKES PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCATES MAKE

1. Not being familiar with the legislative proposal

2. Not conducting appropriate analysis

3. Confusing motion with action

4. Not knowing when to stop.

5. Not managing client expectations. Unrealistic expectations can create untenable pressure to do the wrong thing or the right thing at the wrong time.

HOW CRAZY CAN IT GET ?

1. Greek  Irish, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish governments borrowed € 560 billion from the banks shown below. How will banks get it back?

BRICS BUSINESS COUNCIL LAUNCHED

Business communities of five BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have launched the BRICS Business Council, a key institution expected to drive private sector investments among the five member countries.
 

The BRICS Business Council's objectives include the strengthening of trade relations, promotion of business relations, technology transfer, and cooperation in the areas of skills development development, banking, the green economy, manufacturing and industrialization.

EU NATIONAL DEBT CHAMPIONS

% of GDP and Interest per second

THE BIGGEST THREAT TO THE EURO

At this moment the biggest threat to the Euro comes not from the Cyprus bailout from the prospect of of its biggest members, particularly Germany sticking with misguided auterity policies.

Look at the EU dashboard:

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