International Drug Policy Consortium
The International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) is a global network of 177 NGOs that focus on issues related to drug production, trafficking and use. IDPC promotes objective and open debate on the effectiveness, direction and content of drug policies at the national and international level, and supports evidence-based policies that are effective at reducing drug-related harm. Their advocacy positions are based on five core policy principles. They produce briefing papers, disseminate key resources on drug policy, build the advocacy capacity of their members and partners, and offer expert advice to policy makers and officials around the world. Their global membership has expertise and experience on the wide spectrum of drug policy issues.
Policy and Advocacy
The promotion of effective and evidence-based approaches to drug policy, based on human rights, public health and social inclusion is central to their policy and advocacy work. They facilitate this work in two main ways:
They provide channels for grassroots organisations to better engage with policy making processes: they facilitate communication and cooperation between civil society stakeholders, and they produce and disseminate information and materials on more effective and humane drug policies, that national and local NGOs can use in their own work. In order to facilitate civil society engagement, they organise their work regionally.
They draw on the knowledge within their network to offer expert advice and consultancy services to policy makers on how best to review their drug policies at the national and international level. The IDPC network includes many individuals who have experience of creating or reviewing government drug policies and strategies, and these individuals are available to engage in high-level discussions with policy makers.See more