The IDPC structure benefits our members in three main areas:
Facilitating international impact and collaboration
The inter-related nature of drug policies between the national level and international level make it critical for advocacy work to take place at both levels. As national governments often hide behind international agreements on drug control in pursuing harmful and counterproductive strategies, it is essential to engage transnationally to challenge the current drug control regime. IDPC provides a framework for organisations to work together within and outside national boundaries and have an impact beyond their national remit.
IDPC facilitates communication and cooperation between NGOs and supports collaborative activities and endeavours. We often engage in joint campaigning and advocacy initiatives with our members in order to maximise our impact nationally and internationally. The network is organised regionally to facilitate dialogue among NGOs concerned about issues from similar contexts, while keeping them up-to-date on what is going on in other regions and internationally.
We also create channels and advocacy tools for our members and build their capacity to better engage with, and influence, the policy making processes of national government and international agencies.
Sharing knowledge, information, experience and expertise
IDPC members have a wide range of experience and expertise in the analysis of drug problems and policies at the national and international level. Our global network enables members to share experiences from a wide variety of countries across the spectrum of drug policy, and to strategise together to encourage drug policy reform in various contexts. We also send our members up-to-date information on international drug policy developments and funding opportunities when these arise.
In addition, we produce and disseminate multi-lingual information and analysis that is useful for the advocacy work of our members. We involve our members in the production of such materials – to identify topics of interest or concern in specific regions or countries, to draft the materials, to translate them in relevant languages, and to disseminate them to key audiences. The IDPC Drug Policy Guide is one example of such collaborative work.
IDPC also disseminates reports on drug-related matters produced by our members, offers expert consultancy services to policy makers worldwide, disseminates global evidence at conferences, seminars and workshops, organises study tours for policy makers and NGOs, and provides technical support to civil society organisations in terms of capacity building, networking and advocacy training.
In joining IDPC, national or regional level NGOs become part of a prominent and credible international network with a globally recognised brand.
IDPC communications tools increase the visibility of our members nationally, regionally and internationally. Our multi-lingual website, in which news, publications and events sent by our members are regularly published, is visited by an average of 7,000 people per month. We also disseminate information about the work of our members through our monthly Alert, which is sent in English, Spanish and French to more than 12,000 subscribers.
Finally, we increase the visibility of our members through social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google +, and through press outreach by disseminating our members’ press releases to more than 600 media contacts worldwide.
If your organisation wishes to become a member of IDPC, please see our membership criteria and contact the IDPC Secretariat. The IDPC Secretariat will request information about the goals and objectives of your organisation, your geographical focus, your advocacy interventions, etc. Once received, the information will then be sent to IDPC Partner Members who will give final approval to your membership request. In case of disagreement, the IDPC Steering Group will take the final decision about the membership application.