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Building coalitions

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Networking widely, forming alliances and building coalitions can be an effective way of improving a BMO’s chances of success in influencing public policy. A coalition is a temporary alliance or partnership of groups coming together in order to achieve a common purpose or to engage in joint activity. Coalition building is the process by which parties (individuals, organisations or nations) come together to form a coalition.

Forming coalitions with other groups of similar values, interests, and goals allow members to combine their resources and potentially become more influential than if they each acted alone. The coalition represents the combined support of multiple organisations – each of which may have dozens or hundreds of members.