Consultations & Advocacy

Supporting your strategic thinking and making change happen

A new approach to consultations and advocacy support

In today’s complex world, being clear about what one wants to achieve is often surprisingly overlooked. A simple definition of your goal – where you want to get to – backed up by a clear strategy and an understanding of context are the hallmarks of success.
TESS Development Advisors helps clients articulate those goals, and frame them in the relation to wider policy contexts. TESS works on the principle of a « win-win » approach to development initiatives. When different parties work together to define and agree the goals, solutions become sustainable and real change is possible.
We look at things with a different approach, understanding the perspective of partners across cultural and professional boundaries. We help you frame your strategy through a new lens.
With over 20 years work supporting policy change and advocacy initiatives, TESS understands the importance of defining a goal and refining the path to reach it. Often, this is as simple as identifying and addressing the missing links. We can help you make those links.

What can our clients expect?

  • Providing strategic analysis to understand the policy context
  • Defining goals, taking into account cultural, organizational and sectoral dynamics
  • Framing and defining possible collaborations
  • Identifying champions and potential partners; stakeholder mapping
  • Defining and implementing advocacy campaigns
  • Carrying out research; preparing briefing documents, information materials, op-eds
  • Programme evaluations
  • See examples of our work

    Recognising the progress made with respect to the EAC and to generic medicines, with the support of WHO and NEPAD, the World Bank is exploring similar initiatives in the SADC and ECOWAS regions with a particular focus on harmonisation of vaccine review and approval processes.
    The overall objective is to facilitate timely registration of new vaccines in these countries so that they may be made available earlier to vulnerable populations. As part of this process, TESS has supported a consultation process vis-a-vis the SADC Regulatory Agencies.
    For more information, see the case study on Medicines Regulatory Harmonisation
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    Ensuring wide consultation prior to the full development or implementation of a strategy is critical to ensure buy-in and understanding of the strategy, especially where multiple stakeholders from different backgrounds or constituencies are involved.
    We support clients through the partnership consultation process, assisting clients to focus the questions, facilitating stakeholder-input events and analysing feedback.
    For more information, see the case study on Partnership Consultations
    ZAMRA Consultation

    «TESS Development Advisors show an uncanny ability to identify bottlenecks and propose simple solutions that would go a long way to improve the situation a resource-poor setting. This insight consistently helps to recognize which investments are likely to bring results»

    Mr George Jagoe, Executive VP Access & Product Management, Medicines for Malaria Venture

    «Collaboration with TESS Development Advisors is based on mutual respect, professional integrity and understanding. They bring to the fore a passion to understand local dynamics and an appreciation of cultural differences. In my 20 years of knowing the Executive Director, I have witnessed her long-term commitment for change and continued improvement. This is not a fly-in-fly-out mentality»

    Mr Jimmy Kawaye, Programme Coordinator Development Effectiveness and Accountability Programme – Ministry of Economic Planning and Development, Malawi

    «Renia Coghlan of TESS Development Advisors is a highly experienced strategic advisor, with considerable experience working across cultural and professional boundaries. It is a pleasure working with her»

    Dr Ike Anya, Nigeria Health Watch