CAP!, the Center for Advocacy Practices, offers strategic support to community groups, charitable organizations and NGOs working to bring about social change. We help engaged stakeholders make a lasting impact on society and the political sphere. Through grass-roots advocacy, CAP! makes non-partisan political engagement accessible to all.
You are an NGO
The demands of advocacy and political communication, of the strategic development of an action plan, and of their implementation through specific tools can sometimes hamper the efforts of NGOs. CAP! accompanies civil society organizations in order to help them efficiently structure, plan and advance their advocacy efforts, and to obtain the information and competencies necessary in order to achieve their goals.
You are a community group
Political debate needs to be animated in a constructive way, and many in today’s grass-roots organizations are eager to pass from community mobilization to the achievement of an impact in the political sphere. Structuring action, speaking to journalists and politicians, being capable of effecting change... CAP! accompanies community groups who are invested in politics at both the local and national levels.
You are a company
Today, corporations operating within the social and solidarity economy (SSE) are actively engaged in issues such as social justice and the environment. Bridges need to be created between companies, non-profit organizations and communities so that they can work together to address social challenges. CAP! offers training in the areas of engagement, advocacy, team implication, and social and environmental change.
You are an international organization
International organizations and United Nations programs respond to requirements for full and effective stakeholder participation and encourage the work of civil society and its participation in public policy processes. CAP! brings your civil society partners the support necessary to allow this participation to be full and effective.
The CAP! collective
CAP! draws upon multiple areas of expertise in order to bring comprehensive services to the advocacy projects of its clients.
Marine Gauthier – Advocacy
A graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure, where she obtained a degree in geopolitics, Marine Gauthier has worked for over a decade providing civil society advocacy guidance and support, particularly on questions relating to minorities' rights and environmental governance. After working for multiple NGOs as well as United Nations agencies, Marine founded CAP! in 2014 as a freelance consultant. In the years that followed, she teamed up with a skilled and engaged group in order to enrich CAP!’s competencies. She conducted extensive work experience in South East Asia, West and Central Africa, mainly in DR.Congo, and also works as an international expert on REDD+, rights-based forest protection, indigenous peoples rights and civil society participation to land-use management processes. She now teaches regularly in France and Belgium on NGO Communications and Advocacy strategies (EFAP, Mundo-B, ULB). Contact me: marine.gauthier (at) cap-impact.org
Marta Semplici - Trainer
Marta Semplici holds a Master's degree in European Affairs from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux and is an independent consultant and trainer, expert on issues relating to international human rights law, civil society capacity building and European policies. Marta worked for ten years in the NGO sector as a programme and advocacy officer in collaboration with civil society organisations in Europe, Maghreb and the Middle East. Passionate about ethical and citizen lobbying, Marta likes to think about concrete and innovative actions to enable civil society to have an effective influence on political decisions. She has joined the CAP! team with whom she designs and runs advocacy training courses for different audiences.
Contact me: marta.semplici (at) cap-impact.org
Clémence Berlingen – Development and partnerships
Passionate about development and socially-focused project management, Clémence Berlingen has participated in the emergence of numerous initiatives in the associative and SSE areas. Notably, she worked for several years developing new fundraising means for Oxfam France, expanding the NGO’s network of solidarity-based shops and organizing sporting events for its fundraising campaigns. Since 2014, Clémence has provided support services to assist independent workers to collectively establish and develop projects. She currently helps to structure and develop CAP! partnerships. Contact me: clemence.berlingen (at) cap-impact.org
Riccardo Pravettoni – Cartography and data visualization
Riccardo Pravettoni is a geographer and cartographer, and collaborates actively with CAP!’s analysis services. His expertise in cartographic analysis brings a geopolitical perspective to CAP!’s research assignments, as well as reports and visual publications using enhanced and innovative visuals and cartographic narrations. Riccardo also manages cartographic services for the Norwegian Center for Global Analyses (RHIPTO), where he collaborates with several international and United Nations organizations (PNUE, PNUD, UNESCO, UNSG, INTERPOL). His articles and maps have been published in Carto, Le Monde, l’Obs, The Guardian, El Pays, Al Jazeera, La Stampa and Politico.
Barthélémy Boika – GIS and participatory approaches
Barthélémy Boika is an expert in geographic information systems (GIS) and Technical Director of the Regional Documentation and Community Development Initiative (IRDAC). He brings to the CAP! collective a wealth of experience in advocacy using participative approaches, such as the use of participative 2D and 3D cartography in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). Currently engaged in the promotion of innovative geographic information technologies and drones in the service of sustainable development, he facilitates decision-making based on relevant geographic analyses and participatory cartographies.
Jérôme Agostini - Illustration and graphic design
Jérôme Agostini is an independent graphic designer and illustrator. He works for international organizations including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Women, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Office for Project Services (UNOPS), as well as for non-governmental organizations such as Libraries Without Borders, Doctors of the World (Médecins du monde) and WeMove.eu. Jérôme creates communications materials and illustrations for web and print, and has contributed to several strategic communications reports and materials developed by CAP! for their clients. He also provided illustrations for the #StopGlyphosate campaign. Jérôme has published several books of drawings, including Souvenirs de guerre de Jacques Bertran, Mayotte and Tras Ayiti. http://jeromeagostini.fr
Clémence Sebag - Translation
Clémence Sebag has over a decade of experience as a certified translator. She specializes in sociology and European politics, having worked for several years for a European Union newspaper as well as a European think tank. Bilingual, she translates from French to English and from English to French, as well as from Spanish to both English and French. Her expertise has been indispensable to CAP!’s multi-lingual European campaigns, as well as to the translation of press releases and analysis reports. Clémence has also taught audiovisual translation in four London universities and now teaches the translation of economic articles at la Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris.