How We Support Partners

This page should be read by any group wishing to partner with AP.  Please email DCoffice@advocacynet.org to apply for partnership.

Step 1: Focus on survivors

We believe that those who have faced discrimination and abuse can be powerful agents of change, but are usually ignored by conventional aid. They are our special focus. We work with seven broad categories: women and girls; children; survivors of conflict; persons with disability; minorities; indigenous people; defenders of the environment.  Photo: AP helped Soraya Post, a Sinti leader from Sweden, to launch the International  Roma Women’s Network in 2003. Soraya was the first Roma woman elected to the European Parliament.

Step 2: Partner with community leaders

We manage projects jointly with associations or organizations that represent survivors and their community. Partners that are supported by AP work for social justice and actively seek to empower stakeholders. In the short-term, they seek to move from a voluntary association to organization. They should also have a long-term vision for social change. Partnerships can last for five years or until the program achieves self-sufficiency. Each stage is governed by an MOU. Photo: AP support helped Igo Rogova turn the Kosovo Women’s Network into a powerful advocate for women in Kosovo following the 1999 war and independence.

Step 3: Tell the story

We begin a partnership by helping survivors to tell their story. Many use embroidery, which allows women to express themselves, work together, learn a skill, and give structure to their association. We cover the costs (of training, material and stipends). We then help the partner assemble the embroidery into advocacy quilts for use locally and internationally. Photo: Sharmila’s father Kallu was seized by the security forces in Nepal during the conflict. He has not reappeared.

Step 4: Peace Fellow

We create a support team for each project led by a student Peace Fellow who will work remotely or in person for a minimum of ten weeks. Fellows meet weekly with their host organizations to review progress on the start-up, provide technical support, and help with fundraising. Partners will be asked to provide a final evaluation of the Fellow’s work.  Click here to meet past Fellows. Photo: Dina Buck from Denver University, helped Batwa advocates in Uganda to develop and maintain a website.

Step 5: Six-month start-up

AP provides up to $1,000 to help new partners develop an innovative start-up within six months. The goals and budget are included in an MOU agreed by both partners. If the goals are met, we will work with the partner to seek funding for a second phase (Below). Photo: After working with AP on two embroidery projects in Kenya. Stella Makena has launched a start-up through the Tandaza Trust that helps women use vermiculture and composting to improve nutrition in the Kibera settlement of Nairobi.

Step 6: 18-month project

If the goals of the start-up are met within six months, we will help the partner develop and implement an 18-month plan and omnibus budget, post a website, and broaden the search for funding. This will include an appeal on GlobalGiving that will reach out to the partner’s northern supporters. Photo: With help from AP and the Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU) Mama Cave launched a start-up to produce face-masks in Uganda. She sold 600 masks in 2020 and plans to supply primary schools in 2021.

 

Step 7: Five-year campaign

If program goals are met after 18 months, we may help the partner organization to scale up the program and achieve self-sufficiency by year 5. AP will offer from these services and online trainings (under development) and charge 10% on all funds raised. Photo: AP helped Children Peace Initiative Kenya, founded by Hilary Bukuno, to secure long-term funding for its pioneering work with pastoralists and create a strong and sustainable organization.

Step 8: Online promotion

We offer partners coverage through our online news service, which reaches over 5,500 subscribers; our online photo library; our YouTube channel; and our website. Starting in 2021, current partners and projects will receive a dedicated page on our website. Photo: Our 5-year coverage of the efforts of the Dale Farm Travelers to escape eviction in the UK, and their historic win in the High Court, earned AP abuse from locals in Essex County.

Step 9: International advocacy

AP promotes the work of partners internationally, at the UN, and with governments. In 2019 we helped the Network of Families of the Disappeared in Nepal (NEFAD) to argue for transitional justice at the UN working group on disappearances in Geneva. Photo: Ram Bhandari has welded NEFAD into a formidable force for justice in Nepal. AP has supported his advocacy through bulletins, video, blogs, photos, podcasts, quilts, policy papers and with donors. We will be at Ram’s side when he addresses the UN Human Rights Council in 2021.

Step 10: North-South partnerships

AP’s global network enables us to build innovative partnerships between the Global North and South. In one example, Sister Artists in the US have crafted art quilts from embroidery made by survivors of gender-based violence in Mali. Our soap project in Zimbabwe builds friendships between High School students in the US and girls in Zimbabwe. Our WASH program in Ugandan schools is funded by a Lutheran Church in Ohio. Photo: Katherine Wilson was among 41 quilters who made quilts from Malian embroidery. The quilts were auctioned by AP and raised over $9,000 for GBV survivors in Mali.

Step 11: Capacity-building

AP helps survivors turn their voluntary associations into organizations that can manage campaigns and attract donors. We expect this to occur naturally in the course of producing budgets, setting goals, annual reports, managing receipts, making a website and working with a board – all of which will be needed to implement projects successfully. Such “capacity-building” cuts both ways because we learn as much from partners as they do from us. Photo: In 3 years, Constance Mugari has built Women Advocacy Project into a soap business that employs 80 girls from poor families in Harare.

Step 12: Social change and sustainability

After five years, we hope that a partner will be on a path to making policy and changing behavior outside its core group of stakeholders – our definition of social change. We also urge partners to build sustainability into the program from the start and are available to advise after the program ends. Photo: Under the inspiring leadership of Sadiqa Basiri Saleem, the Oruj Learning Center has supported girls’ education in Afghanistan since 2003, when the Center was launched with help from AP and Peace Fellows.