The Advocacy Project will support the fourteen projects described below in 2023. All serve marginalized communities and were designed or proposed by partners in the Global South.
These projects are the product of years of investment by AP, and also of deep personal friendships. We are grateful to the many Peace Fellows who have supported these partners through the years, in person or remotely. Click here and select a year to meet the Fellows.
Some of our 2023 projects will take the form of start-ups and begin with story-telling. We offer an initial $1,000 for the first six months. If the goals are met, we can invest for another 18 months and work with the partner to find other donors. Our own involvement ends after five years, although long-term programs can also generate new start-ups. We have provisionally budgeted $46,000 of our core funding for projects in 2023. Our hope is that the programs will eventually produce change that will benefit society as a whole.
Click here for a description of the way we support partners and consult our 2020 and 2021 annual reports to read how we have supported partners during the pandemic.
All start-ups will begin with story-telling, but we are also keen to help partners develop skills and earn money. As a result, several 2023 projects will contain a business component.The pandemic has shown not just that marginalized communities need resources, but that they can be an excellent investment.
Our main focus will continue to be on the Global South, but we will also support start-ups with vulnerable communities in the US and Europe such as refugees, migrants and prison populations. We hope to build a North-South partnership into all projects and are particularly keen to connect high schools in the US and Africa.
We will continue to recruit students at all levels – graduate, undergraduate and high school – to volunteer with partners as Peace Fellows and will shortly open applications for 2023 fellowships here. Applicants will be asked to help design their own fellowship.
Our deepest thanks to friends, volunteers and benefactors who make our work possible. Contact us at DCoffice@advocacynet.org to join up!