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V4CP Stories of Change

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Chapter 1 - Intro

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The Voice for Change Partnership is working with 51 locally-based civil society organisations (CSOs) around the world to bridge the gap between the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their implementation within society, especially amongst low-income and marginalised communities.

It does so by building the capacity of CSOs to influence stakeholders and decision-makers with solid and contextualised evidence in order to get the interests of communities embedded into government and business policies and practices. 

After two years of implementation, CSOs are starting to see their contribution to systems change in  food and nutrition security, resilience, renewable energy, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors.

These are their stories.









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In Ghana, several isolated, low-income and marginalised communities have literally been kept in the dark. This is a story about how, with the support of the V4CP civil society organisation, Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (CEESD), communities took matters into their own hands to ask for mini-grids in Kwahu Afram Plains North and influence national public policy in Ghana. Read more.
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This is a story of how two Ghanaian civil society organisations (CSOs) worked with champions within local and national government to develop a clean cooking strategy and improve children’s and caterer’s quality of life in schools. Thanks to this cooperation between community-based CSOs and champion female policy makers, government and civil society are improving lives by introducing clean cook
stoves across Ghana. Read more.
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In Ghana, a National Nutrition Policy was established to combat malnutrition. Yet, Nanumba North, a large municipality with high rates of malnutrition, had not implemented this policy at the local level. Grameen Ghana, a partner of the Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP) and a reputable civil society organisation (CSO) in the region, decided to bridge the gap. Similarly, the Ghana Trade and Livelihood Coalition (GTLC), V4CP partner in Wa West District, facilitated the creation of a community-based nutrition committee to address this gap. Through evidence-based advocacy and the support of V4CP coaching, Grameen and GTLC brought a range of actors together for a coordinated and sustainable approach to tackling malnutrition in their respective areas. Read more.
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In Burkina Faso, pastoralism is under threat.
CSOs working on pastoral resilience came together in an alliance and successfully increased collaboration among government entities, the private sector and themselves to advocate for initiatives in support of family farming and pastoralism. Read more.
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Inspired by their neighbouring country, Benin, civil society convinced stakeholders to join forces in the battle against malnutrition through an evidence-based, collaborative approach. Read more.
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In Burkina Faso, CSOs are joining forces in a coalition to improve access to quality renewable energy products and services for Burkinabe households. Read more.
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Reducing stunting in East Lombok: How KONSEPSI, a local CSO, has claimed its space and is assisting the district government in applying a multi-sectoral and evidence-based approach in the implementation of the Country Strategic Policy on Food and Nutrition Security. Read more.
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Improving sanitation and hygiene at district level in Indonesia requires evidence as a basis for advocacy, and for champions within government and society to work together  to implement a smart strategy that fits the social context. Read more.
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A successful story on how the clean cooking sector in Honduras has been unified through the establishment of the Inter-institutional Platform for the Development of the Improved Stoves Value Chain. Read more
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CSOs are working with the national and local government in Kenya to ensure that the voices of pastoral communities are included in the review of one of Kenya’s key climate change policies, and the National Climate Change Action Plan. Read more.
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GROOTS Kenya is a grassroots network that encourages women in communities to advocate for clean cooking at county level. This story illustrates how a partnership between GROOTS Kenya and national advocacy organisations led to the integration of improved cook stoves in Kitui County’s development plan. Read more.
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Through collaborating with key actors along the dairy value chain at county and national level, CSOs are putting food safety on the policy agenda and are strengthening consumer engagement for safe milk. Read more
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Two Rwandan CSOs are catalysing change by using evidence-based arguments for a multi-stakeholder approach to tackling malnutrition. Read more.
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