P Track

Engaging Communities in Advocacy

Room 309


Cheri-Leigh Erasmus, Global Director of Learning, Accountability Lab

Katie Fuhs, Operations and Programs Coordinator, Acountability Lab


The Accountability Lab supports change-makers to develop and implement positive ideas for integrity in their communities, unleashing positive social and economic change. Through various programs including Citizen Helpdesks, Accountability Lab strives to bring communities, civil society organizations and governments closer together.

All over the world, communities face challenges around their rights, access to services and representation and so much more. In this workshop, participants will explore how data gathered in communities can be used in real-time decision-making to strengthen service delivery and build trust among stakeholders. Participants will learn how using feedback loops can enhance communities’ ability to advocate and engage with their elected officials, private sector actors, and the international development community to co-create sustainable solutions to challenges, with communities’ concerns at the center. This method also helps build unlikely networks between stakeholders who are working on similar challenges.