The main task of the Coalition is ADVOCACY. We define advocacy to mean the process of promoting alternatives and working for changes to policies, programs, structures, and relations. FDC addresses national and local issues in various arenas at all levels, including international arenas.
Our advocacy work serves the following objectives:
Advocacy work ranges from short-term activities to sustained, intensive processes. For programmatic and operational purposes, the Coalition distinguishes between two modes of advocacy work that it engages in:
CAMPAIGNS – which are advocacy efforts that involve intensive and sustained efforts, conducted over a period of time, combining various forms of actions (media, lobby, popular-education, mobilizations, etc.), with specific objectives and targets.
POLICY ADVOCACY – which are advocacy efforts on specific issues that are short term and involve mainly lobby and media initiatives.
DEVELOPING SERVICE PROGRAMS
The Coalition shall develop certain services as distinct programs that can be offered to our members and the public at large. These are:
RESEARCH AND DATA-BASE SERVICE – While the Coalition gathers data and resource materials primarily to serve its advocacy work, the Coalition shall also make available these data and materials for its members and broader network for their own needs and purposes. Gather resource materials from members and partners.
PROVIDING VENUES FOR STUDY AND EXCHANGE OF VIEWS on critical issues on the economy – As new and complex economic issues confront FDC's membership and the larger public, many express the need for information, insights and discussions not necessarily for the immediate purpose of forging consensus and taking action. In addition to organizing in-depth discussions as well as popular education activities for its advocacy efforts, the Coalition shall organize other venues for study and exchange of views primarily for the purpose of assisting in learning, development of insights and synthesis of new ideas, sharpening and clarifying positions, and getting updated on issues.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING – While the Coalition conducts education and training among its members and chapters primarily to serve its advocacy work, the Coalition shall maximize and develop this capacity in order to extend education and training services on the economy and on advocacy work to a larger network.