CLASP stands for Credibility, Legitimacy, Accountability, Service Orientedness and Power. These concepts are cross-cutting for every step in the API-cycle. Without adhering to these concepts, you will most likely be unsuccessful to bring about sustainable change.
- Credibility refers to the believability of your message. Is your message evidence-based, and are people accepting your message?
- Legitimacy is about your position to represent a certain group within society. For example, if you want to lobby for child rights, do children accept that you talk on their behalf?
- Accountability is about taking responsibility for your actions. Are you willing to be held accountable for your actions, even if they do harm to certain groups?
- Service Orientedness is about how you view your own role and are oriented towards the needs of the people you intend to serve, rather than your own success.
Power often has a negative connotation, such as repression, discrimination and corruption. There are however three alternatives: power with, power to, and power within that stimulate relationships that are more equitable.
Do you want to learn more about this cycle and how to connect it to your specific intervention? Join our online course on Advocacy and Policy Influencing starting on 3 August or get in touch with Rudolf van der Helm, writer of this article.