Consultant - People's Stimulus Project
Christian Aid , Dinajpur, Bangladesh
“Building back with justice; dismantling inequalities after Covid-19” is the basis for the post-Covid-19 (ability to live with it notwithstanding) reconstruction Strategy for Christian Aid (CA) countries dubbed “People’s Stimulus”. The purpose of this consultancy is to develop a toolkit for advocacy for CA and its partners that challenges the current model of development and seeks to build back with dignity, justice, equity and with a care for creation in mind. There are two key anticipated outcomes we are seeking from this work:
a) Christian Aid Countries and partners will be equipped with and motivated to use a toolkit that supports the People’s Stimulus Advocacy at national, regional and global levels.
b) Policy makers, private sector, international financial institutions, and, other political and economic intergovernmental institutions are targeted to a C-19 reconstruction advocacy to take concrete measures to ensure long-term sustainable development rooted in a shared prosperity.
Christian Aid is keen to ensure that the reconstruction efforts post-Covid-19 do not replicate the pre-existing conditions of inequality, corporate power and power imbalances that pervade modern society, but ensures adequate levels of social protection for those who are most marginalised. The indignity of poverty is counter intuitive to modern day “prosperity” as the extremities of poverty and wealth disenfranchise a large segment of society leaving wealth and incomes in the hands of the few. The key issue is to ensure that we continue fiscal expansion towards a just and green stimulus and reconstruction, rather than accept an agenda of austerity and cuts that put the interests of big corporates, creditors and fossil fuel sectors before the interests of the people, who should be able to receive greater access to social protection, health services and access to income generating opportunities especially for the poor and the most marginalised people.
1. Purpose of this toolkit
The toolkit aims to equip CA countries and partners with a practical resource for advocacy to influence the post-Covid-19 political agenda. The two guiding themes for the reconstruction agenda should be economic justice and climate justice however the toolkit will integrate gender and social inclusion as cross cutting themes in its reflections and proposals. Covid-19 has demonstrated the inadequacies of the current broken economic system which is in essence fuelling poverty. Its hallmark traits are riddled with inequality, over consumption, mass deprivation and environmental degradation. The effects of which are an imbalance in power that often hits the poorest first and hardest especially women and those experiencing intersecting discrimination. This toolkit will seek to chart a path towards effectively influencing policy and practice by suggesting and outlining practical strategies at national, regional and global level how to:
a) Empower CA staff and partners on how to develop and maximise effective campaigns and advocacy activities themselves
b) Build movements and coalitions (traditional and non-traditional); persuading their members, constituency, congregation, partner organisations and pertinent stakeholders to join the People’s Stimulus movement.
c) Equipping Caid staff and partners with theological reflections which will enable them to engage effectively and appropriately with faith-based actors
The toolkit will provide an easy to use resource kit that will highlight:
· The devastating impact of Covid-19 and why a sustainable reconstruction model is crucial in the post-Covid-19 era as a key change objective identifying cross linkages with areas such as gender and social inclusion.
· That Covid19 stimulus packages put interests of big corporates in terms of tax incentives, tax cuts and bailouts ahead of the interests of those most impacted by the crisis,
· It will also look at support to fossil fuel companies / mining companies that create particular risks and harmful impacts on environment, climate and human rights, while supporting stimulus to community owned and managed enterprises.
· It will detail how to lead and engage in an effective advocacy strategy at national, regional and global levels including with and towards faith leaders.
· It will identify key advocacy moments at the regional and global levels and detail opportunities for influencing
· It will also identify key stakeholders at national, regional and global levels working on social, economic and political reconstruction efforts post-Covid-19 to engage and their prospective roles during recovery advocacy
· It will also detail plans and strategies for measuring impact and outcome
· It will also make provision for reflection periods on advocacy and a follow-up plan.
· It will also incorporate guide case studies for reflection on effective and ineffective advocacy.
The toolkit will provide guidance for advocacy, public campaigning and media outreach, thus enabling CA and partners to develop their own tailored initiatives.