The 2018 IFFD International Advocacy Workshop was held in Madrid (Spain), 4th to 7th September (10:00 am to 4:00 pm) and brought together entry-level professionals of social studies/political science or a related field with a strong interest in family issues and are fluent in English usage, as well as IFFD staff. They came from diverse geographical, cultural, and academic backgrounds.

The workshop critically assessed the field of international human rights and development advocacy, its institutions, strategies, and key actors. It explored how domestic, regional, and agendas are set; the ethical and accountability dilemmas that arise and advocacy concerning a range of actors, including governments, international institutions, and the private sector. Evaluation is based on class participation and a final paper.

It consisted of an intensive four-day alternative educational program with diverse lectures, tutorials and practicals:
– a lecture is an oral and audiovisual presentation usually presented by an expert or specialist. The purpose of a lecture is to convey critical information and theories and everyone is expected to listen carefully and take notes.
– tutorials are discussion groups led by a tutor. Participants are usually given assignments that may involve a presentation to the group or a written exercise besides participation in group discussion.
– practicals are ‘hands on’ classes where everyone is expected to participate as part of their assessment in a physical and practical manner.

Participants were also expected to produce a paper of around 2,000 words on a topic related to one of the sessions before getting the final certificate.