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Herding Cats Lobbying

October 2, 2009

So I FINALLY managed to send our coalition memo with recommendations on preventing deadly conflict and protecting civilians to congressional staff working on rewriting the Foreign Assistance Act. If this sounds like a simple task involving a little writing and a few emails, you obviously do not do much work with advocacy coalitions! Or perhaps you’re just much better at the tooth-pulling, elbow-tugging, gentle ego-stroking, and cat herding that tends to be involved in bringing different organizations with different agendas onto the same page to create substantive, useful policy recommendations for legislative staff. I won’t claim it’s glamorous work, but it is worth it when the end result is both an effective advocacy product and improved relations among our partners. I just hope those congressional staff appreciate the effort as much as I do!

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