Welcome to a worldwide network of development experts, policy makers, innovation enthusiasts, educators and connectors, all committed to one mission: using co-creation and hacking to make this world a better place for all.

We started with #DevPolHack in 2021.

The methodology we used was informed and inspired by Helvetas Advocacy Toolbox.

In the course of 3 years, we organized 3 hackathons and tackled 3 real-life challenges. We will continue to organize hackathons and update this toolbox with new learnings. Every event, every process, every interaction was different. But through reflection and feedback, we mapped out the most important DNA that follows every co-creation we do – and now, we wish to share it with all of you.

About Us

Regional Advocacy Network: The knowledge broker

For more than two decades, Helvetas Eastern Europe has played a key role in the implementation of numerous development projects across the Western Balkans. Helvetas’ thematic interventions, such as vocational programs, market system development and governance studies, have all utilized the essential element of advocacy. These years of accumulated knowledge and experience served as a driver for creating the Regional Advocacy Network in 2018.

The network gathers like-minded individuals to discuss solutions that different Helvetas projects (e.g., DEMOS, Strong Municipalities, RisiAlbania, Education for Employment in North Macedonia, and ACT in Serbia have successfully applied and to engage in consistent knowledge sharing.
Through regular virtual and in-person exchanges, participants have learned and discussed the best practices and challenge issues pertinent to their country-specific situation. The network regularly uses the Helvetas Advocacy Toolbox as a frame to present advocacy interventions.


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Advocacy Knowledge

Advocacy Toolbox: Develop an ambitious but realistic advocacy strategy in eight simple steps

The Advocacy Toolbox is a comprehensive resource designed to support the development and enhancement of effective advocacy strategies. Whether you are new to advocacy or an experienced practitioner, this toolbox provides practical guidance and step-by-step approaches to navigate the complex landscape of influencing decisions and driving positive change. With a focus on promoting justice, inclusivity, and pro-poor policies and processes, the toolbox equips you with the necessary tools and insights to articulate problem statements, identify influential stakeholders, leverage different avenues of influence, gather compelling evidence, measure progress, and manage risks. Explore the eight sections of this toolbox to craft an informed and impactful advocacy strategy tailored to your specific context.

Development Policy Coordinator
Bernd Steimann, PhD / MSc