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"Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute" - impressions from this year's participants from Ukraine

This year under joint program of the Professional Lobbying and Advocacy Institute in Ukraine and Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University, two participants from Ukraine took part at course on professional lobbying and advocacy in USA.

Two-week professional training “Art and craft of lobbying” was held on 11-23 May 2015 in Washington, DC.

This course is for students and young professionals and aims to form consistent and strategic understanding of lobbying process, brief on tools used in advocacy campaigns as well as teach how to define the most efficient tools and use them based on your campaign’s goals and tasks.

On top of that, during the course significant attention was paid to ethical norms and rules in lobbying sphere.

Khrystyna Vilyura, this-year participant, share her impressions about the course: “Course on an art of lobbying is interesting for students who want to build their career in the lobbying as well as for young professionals.The program is built to give a theoretical base of profession and sphere and to learn how to use this knowledge.

More than 30 professionals – lobbyists and representatives of state authorities and NGOs shared their experience, case studies and decisions made in challenging situations. It is irreplaceable and crucial experience to have a conversation with these specialists who works with most powerful people in the world: congressmen, CEOs and owners of biggest world corporations, directors of largest international NGOs.

Need for lobbying regulation reform was discussed at the World Forum on Governance in Prague

From 9 to 11 November 2011 in Prague the First Annual World Forum on Governance took place with over 90 delegates attended. The event, initiated by the famous American think tank, Brookings, became a controversial platform for exchanging views and making recommendations on various aspects of both public and corporate governance, given the current global challenges.

Special attention in the Forum was paid to the interaction between public authorities, commercial companies and interest groups through lobbying and advocacy mechanisms, the study of positive and negative experiences of individual countries with the institutionalization of lobbying, the possibility of using such tools as part of anti-corruption policy.

James Thurber, Senior Institute Advisor

James A. Thurber is University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder (1979) and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (american.edu/spa/ccps) at American University, in Washington, D.C., which marked its 30th Anniversary in 2009. Under his direction, CCPS organizes the Campaign Management Institute, the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, and the European Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute. He was the principal investigator of a seven year grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts to study campaign conduct and a four year study of lobbying and ethics from the Committee for Economic Development. Dr. Thurber has been on the faculty at American University since 1974 and was honored as the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year in 1996. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and has worked on four congressional reorganization efforts since 1976. He was legislative assistant to U.S. Senators Hubert H. Humphrey, William Brock, Adlai Stevenson III, and U.S. Representative David Obey. He worked with Senator Barak Obama on ethics and lobbying reforms. He was Director of the Battelle Memorial Institute’s Human Affairs Research Centers (DC).

 

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