What is AGA?
Until now, no NGO has effectively and adequately formulated an initiative to link vision and ageing organizations together. There has yet to be a coherent strategy that unites research, policy, practice, and advocacy on vision and population ageing. The significance of such an endeavor has yet to be engrained as a public health threat among policy makers and other stakeholders worldwide.
Action in Global Advocacy aims to:
Build a coalition: Bridging of vision and ageing organizations from six target countries: Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Turkey to help build strong advocacy campaigns addressing vision loss and impairment amongst older people and ageing populations.
Become a resource repository: A centralized hub of knowledge exchange and a repository of examples of effective advocacy strategies and campaigns; generating an advocacy tool box.
Be a monitoring body: Policies and programs vary on a national and regional level, highly impacting the development of flexible and impactful advocacy responses. AGA aims to be a liaison between organizations and governments and the go-to for the dissemination of policy updates.
Experience has shown that the progression from planning to implementation is a road less travelled successfully. From program level coordination to high level policy formation – it is important for organizations to measure their success and address their drawbacks. Each element of AGA will contribute to the building of a multi-purpose “Advocacy Index”.
The index aims to assist organizations:
(1) in documenting and managing action plans;
(2) understand their capacity for advocacy development;
(3) target specific areas that may require technical assistance for increased advocacy capacity; and
(4) to measure progress and performance.
All of these functions work in harmony to build on the synergies, as well as address the gaps and the challenges that prevent vision and ageing organizations from effectively developing strong advocacy campaigns across sectors.
While it is acknowledged that there is no “one size fits all” approach, the project is expected to create a knowledge platform and mechanisms for exchange and transfer that is inclusive and accessible to all organizations – regardless of location, culture, and language – the resources essential to create strong advocacy campaigns improve education, access to treatment, and the prevention of unnecessary vision loss, particularly in old age.