Building Dialogue with Government, Parliamentarians, and other Stakeholders

Governments and parliaments are ultimately responsible for developing and reforming legal frameworks for civil society. Therefore, it is important for advocacy efforts to ensure that the government and parliament in a country understand and address advocates' concerns in the drafting or amending of legal provisions while accommodating government interests. To do so, organizations working for reforms should communicate and negotiate effectively with government officials and parliamentarians to develop mutual understanding. This chapter brings together information about how to engage and build dialogue with governments and parliaments to influence their legal reform processes.