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Anna Visser, social justice advocate and researcher, at the launch of benefacts.ie with Paschal Donohoe, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and Patricia Quinn, MD, Benefacts.

Lighting a candle, not casting a shadow – by Anna Visser

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This post by Anna Visser is based on a talk on the same topic from Anna given at the Benefacts launch which you can listen to below.

 

I have been a member of the Benefacts stakeholder group over the past year or so. I joined the group not long after The Advocacy Initiative finished. The Advocacy Initiative was a civil society project (that I was lucky enough to run) that spent three years exploring the future of social justice advocacy and campaigning in Ireland.

There are similarities between what the Advocacy Initiative was trying to achieve and the ambitions of Benefacts. Both are about enabling the sector to respond to some of the challenges it faces; both have the potential to allow the sector to reimagine its role; and both seek to enhance understanding about the sector and its work.

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