Activating PAIA for Advocacy

This guide is designed to provide a visual framework that aims to assist individuals, communities and organisations in activating information to advocate for changes that will ensure the realisation of their human rights. The guide highlights the role of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA) as a strategic advocacy tool that can be used when advocating for human rights.

The guide provides a visual framework that identifies and sets out five inter-connected parts to developing an advocacy strategy, namely:

  1. Identifying the people that need to be involved in the advocacy;
  2. Thinking through the causes and effects of a problem;
  3. Seeking information about the problem, with PAIA highlighted as one of the key tools available when information cannot be quickly, cheaply and easily accessed;
  4. Talking through possible solutions to the problem; and
  5. Taking action to ensure implementation of the preferred solution.

This guide was developed as part of an interactive training workshop programme, and includes a questionnaire, accompanying the visual framework, which is intended to help communities to analyse what information they will need to solve their problems.

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poster of the basic visual framework has also been developed and can be used as a visual aid, together with the guide, when developing an advocacy strategy.

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SAHA thanks the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and Atlantic Philanthropies for their generous support in the development of these resources.