How to lobby for development: Tips from a politician

Jeremy Lefroy, a member of the British parliament and co-founder of Equity for Africa. Photo by: Jeremy Lefroy

One of the toughest parts of being a politician is saying no to worthy international development lobbyists and advocates, Jeremy Lefroy, a member of the British parliament, told Devex. But even when budgets are stretched, Lefroy — who is a long-standing member of the parliamentary International Development Committee and co-founder of the not-for-profit Equity for Africa — said that organizations could get better results from the politicians and governments they lobby if they crafted their advocacy strategy differently.

Lefroy spoke to Devex on the sidelines of a recent meeting in Berlin, Germany calling for the G-20 to invest in global health innovation. To get the most from politicians, he said, organizations should be realistic in what they ask for; be prepared to present their reasoning and numbers; and re-evaluate the metrics of lobbying success.

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    Molly Anders

    Molly Anders is a U.K. Correspondent for Devex. Based in London, she reports on development finance trends with a focus on British and European institutions. She is especially interested in evidence-based development and women’s economic empowerment, as well as innovative financing for the protection of migrants and refugees. Molly is a former Fulbright Scholar and studied Arabic in Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.