Strengthening Community Advocacy and Fighting Injustice in the Global South

The Advocacy Project (AP) supports marginalized communities in the Global South that face poverty, violence, and discrimination. Working through graduate students (Peace Fellows) we help advocates from partner communities to tell their story, strengthen their organizations, and launch innovative campaigns. We believe that social change begins at the local level and is triggered by those who have experienced and resisted discrimination.

How It Started

AP has sent 15 Peace Fellows to support relatives of those who died in the 1995 Srebenica massacre in Bosnia. Peace Fellow Sarah Reichenbach (right) accompanied relatives from BOSFAM, an AP partner, to the massacre site in 2015.

AP first worked with community-based advocates in 1999, when we accompanied refugees from the Bosnian war on their difficult journey home. Between 1999 and 2017, we supported advocates for 115 communities in over 60 countries.

Learn About the Early History of AP

Meet Our Team

Scott Allen, a long-time AP Board member and friend, is seen with a freed child worker during a visit in 2012 to AP’s partners in Nepal. Before rejoining the AP Board in 2017, Scott served as US Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.

AP is registered as a 501c3 nonprofit in Washington DC and operates with a small team of salaried staff, undergraduate interns, and specialist contractors, with guidance from a distinguished Board of Directors.

Read Profiles of the AP Team Here

A Commitment to Transparency

Sitan Konate handles accounts for Sini Sanuman, our partner in Mali. During five years of working with AP, Sitan has filed over 4,000 receipts, handled over $700,000 of grant money, and provided meticulous reports to donors.

We believe that nonprofit organizations should be held to a high standard of transparency and provide detailed information on income and expenditure in our annual reports. We also expect partners to show discipline in their reporting.

Read Our Latest Annual Report

Where Our Money Comes From

The Zonta Club of Washington is committed to empowering young professional women and has supported AP generously since 2007. Mary Ellen Bittner, a former president of Zonta International is seen here with Kirstin Yanisch and Vicky Mogeni, who served as Peace Fellows in Nepal in 2017.

We deeply appreciate the generosity of our benefactors. In 2017, 523 individuals made 778 donations to our program, totaling $166,405. This enabled us to support 10 start-ups, deploy nine Fellows and raise $340,369 for partner organizations.

Meet Our Benefactors

Meet Our interns

AP relies on interns to manage our social media and support Peace Fellows from Washington. They leave behind fond memories and their thoughts in writing.

“I learned a great deal from you – most importantly attitude, work ethic and compassion. Thank you for continuing to do great work and producing such a wonderful, family-like atmosphere. I went into AP’s office very happily every day!” – Rita Lo, Columbia University and 2016 intern.

See What Past AP Interns Say About Their Experience

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