Our engagement

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.

Advocacy is sometimes defined as counter-lobbying aimed at the common good. Organizations engage in advocacy in order to improve society and influence laws and politics, often in defense of social and environmental justice. Advocacy requires that we ask ourselves: What do we want to see change? Why should it change? And, more broadly, why do we want to engage ourselves in advocacy in the first place?

Advocacy is an ongoing strategic process that aims at changing the politics, practices, ideas and values of society. It reinforces civil society’s decision-making capacity and encourages the development of institutions, policies and more responsible and just laws.

There isn’t just one advocacy strategy that is effective in all cases. Advocacy depends on our subject, on the context of our interventions, on our strengths and weaknesses, and on the change we want to bring about in the world. Methods and techniques exist, however, that can help to build advocacy strategies that correspond to our values.


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 – Founder and Advocacy Expert

A graduate of Ecole Normale Supérieure and a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute, Marine Gauthier has worked for over a decade providing advocacy guidance and support to civil society organizations, particularly on questions relating to human rights and environmental governance. After working for multiple NGOs as well as United Nations agencies, Marine founded CAP! in 2016 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 field work 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) and works in parallel with the Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding.
Contact me: marine.gauthier@cap-impact.org

Marta Semplici - Monitoring and Evaluation Expert

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 works primarily on external evaluations of programmes and the set-up of efficient Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning tools for advocacy.
Contact me: marta.semplici@cap-impact.org

Bailey Castillo - Advocacy Assistant

Bailey Castillo graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 with a Bachelors in Peace, War and Defense. In 2015, after spending a summer working in Zaatari Village, Jordan, she became particularly interested in global resettlement and advocating for a better system of social cohesion and integration amongst different cultures. More specifically, she is drawn to the question of individual and collective memory amongst refugees. Starting in the Fall of 2020, she will be pursuing a Masters in Social Work with a Global Concentration. She assists CAP! on research, trainings and communications.
Contact me: bailey.castillo@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@cap-impact.org

Atsu Senamé – Civil society and Change Oriented Approach

Atsu has 12 years of experience in strenghtening Civil Society Organizations and local authorities in Togo. He is one of the first to have experimented with the Change Oriented Approach (AOC) in Togo, within a programme support for territorial governance. He is the general manager of Knowledge City Togo, coordinates the activities of the Knowledge for Development Partnership platform (K4DP) and of Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) in francophone Africa. Since November 2019, he has been Training Manager at Agence Nationale du Volontariat in Togo and is in charge of strengthening the skills of volunteers and their post-volunteer integration. He has nearly 10 years of proven experience in capitalization and evaluation of development projects and programmes.

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.