Policy Development

Nambian Coastal Policy Green Paper
Visioning workshop for the Namibia Coastal Policy

Policy frameworks ensure that actions by Government, civil society and all other stakeholders ensue in a matter and for the purpose of advancing common goals. Without policies it is very difficult to manage complicated process are geographic areas where there are diverse interests and activities. In days gone by policies were decreed by government, but there has been an increasing realisation that policy has to be driven both by the community (‘bottom up’) as well as by Government (‘top down’). EcoAfrica has been engaged by a number of governments to develop policies using the ‘top down, bottom up’ approach. Good policy usually is the result of a protracted and well-informed dialogue between Government and civil society; in many instances can policy be described as the needs and aspiration of the people endorsed by Government.

Our work includes;

  • Designing and implementing public awareness campaigns to support policy processes
  • Conducting specialists studies to support policy processes
  • Researching legal and institutional mandates for policy implementation
  • Developing policy documents such as the Green Paper and the White Paper
  • Producing action plans for the implementation of policies
  • Managing policy processes from beginning to the final products
Policies that have the buy-in of all stakeholders are much easier to implement.
Many of the environmental, economic and social problems the world faces today directly result from human actions. In order to rectify these problems policies need to be put in place. Policy is a very elastic term that relates to a government plan or course of action that encompasses a set of decisions which are intended to influence and determine planning, decisions and actions relating to a specific aspect of governance. Such decisions by governments are often embodied in legislation and usually apply to a country as a whole.