To complement and strengthen our global and regional advocacy work, IDPC also works closely with our members to provide support for national advocacy where possible. Our national work feeds into our regional and international advocacy efforts as we seek to connect all levels of the drug policy debate. Often our capacity to directly work in a country will depend on funding and resources, but we also provide a wide range of resources that are designed for use by national partners and advocates.
One example is the global Support. Don’t Punish campaign. In June 2014, IDPC supported national advocacy actions in 100 cities around the world to call for the decriminalisation of drug use and to promote harm reduction responses.
IDPC has also supported national advocacy efforts in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia and Viet Nam through the Community Action on Harm Reduction and Asia Action on Harm Reduction projects. In these countries, we have produced analytical briefing papers on national drug policies, organised meetings and seminars with NGOs and government officials, provided technical support to our members and other NGO partners, organised study visits, etc. In addition, IDPC has delivered civil society capacity building trainings in a number of countries (including China, Lithuania, Kenya, the UK, Lebanon, Mauritius, Vietnam and Tunisia), based on our open-access Training Toolkit on Drug Policy Advocacy.
Finally, IDPC works directly with national governments, in collaboration with NGO partners, to directly influence policy making processes. To support our advocacy work and that of our members at national level, we have designed a Drug Policy Guide that includes examples of best practice and recommendations on national level drug policy reform.