Over the last six years, the Support. Don’t Punish campaign has grown exponentially across all continents! Its 2018 Global Day of Action, the largest to date, saw local partners organise a broad range of activities in 234 cities of 98 countries.

In Asia, hundreds of activists in 14 countries have mobilised under the campaign’s global banner to advocate for changes to policies and practices that contribute to the oppression of people who use drugs and hinder access to health and harm reduction services.

These sustained efforts, the variety of activities organised and their impact as part of broader advocacy strategies, mean that local partners in the region have a wealth of campaigning experience to collectively build upon.

To tap into this potential, the Support. Don’t Punish campaign is holding a 2.5-day-long workshop aimed at strengthening campaign strategies, on 21-23 May 2019, in Bangkok (Thailand).

This participatory workshop will offer a space for experienced campaigners in Asia to reflect on advocacy achievements, identify and prioritise pending challenges, and devise context-specific strategies for expanding the impact and reach of the Support. Don’t Punish campaign.

Please note that this workshop is only open to individuals and organisations based in Asia that have previously participated in the Support. Don’t Punish campaign.

Attendance costs will be fully funded for successful applicants.

To apply, please complete this online application form by Monday, 15 April 2019. Please note the form includes a section for outlining your plans for the 2019 Global Day of Action.

You can also download the form (below) and send it to Juan Fernandez Ochoa, IDPC Campaigns and Communications officer, (jfernandez@idpc.net).

If you have any questions about the Workshop or the application process, please do not hesitate to write to us at campaign@idpc.net.

Timeline

  • 1 April: Call for applications launched
  • 15 April: Deadline for applications
  • 26 April: Applicants informed of selection outcome
  • 21-23 May: Workshop in Bangkok

Kindly note that the Rights Reporter Foundation is organising a video advocacy training in parallel. We actively encourage organisations to apply to both the campaign strategy development workshop and the video advocacy training, as we expect to organise a common discussion session to explore how video advocacy can contribute to campaigning efforts.