3 Entry points for the civil society in the PRS process
One of the main principles of the PRS approach is the participation of the civil society (see Chapter 5). However, in reality civil society stakeholders are often not included in all stages of the PRS process, not because governments do not want to include them, but rather that they do not know how to include them. Civil society organisations need to claim their right to participate and to be active in terms of showing that they are capable of participating. This chapter proposes some ideas and tools for participation in the three main stages of PRS: formulation, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Still, as the context and the situation vary considerably between different countries, the particular "entry points" (i.e. opportunities for participation) into the national PRS process need to be separately identified each time. Experience shows that networking and building alliances play an important role for disability stakeholders as well as the systematic use of lobbying and advocacy tools at all stages (see Chapters 7 and 8).