The Advocacy Project (AP) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen community-based human rights advocacy groups. AP was established in June 1998 to report to human rights advocates from the Rome conference that established the International Criminal Court. AP continued on a project-by-project basis until it acquired nonprofit status in July 2001. As of 2008, AP's Peace Fellows work with 21 different organizations throughout the world.
AP supports community-based advocacy groups who work for social justice
and human rights at the community level. AP aims to strengthen the capacity of such advocates to produce, disseminate and use information more effectively and with a stronger international voice.
AP seeks a world in which disempowered people are able to find their voice and exercise their right to develop – on their own terms and with appropriate support from their government and the international community. Advocacy Project
AP offers partner organizations a choice of services aimed at strengthening their advocacy. For a complete list of AP's partner organizations, both presently as well as in the past, visit the AP parner page
Fellows for Peace
Each year, AP recruits graduate students from universities to take part in a program called Fellows for Peace
Through the program, which was launched in 2003, the fellows volunteer with locally-based partners or organizations committed to community-based advocacy. Over the summer of 2007, AP sent 31 fellows to partner organizations all over the world. The program further increased in size in the summer of 2008, when 34 fellows were sent worldwide.
While abroad, AP fellows write at least one blog per week, and post them to the AP website's blogging page
According to the AP website,
Their blogs help to bring alive the work of their hosts and allows them to communicate with friends, universities, and community groups back home that are following their work. Blogging has provided many AP fellows with an outlet for their hopes and frustrations. Several fellows have also used blogs to raise funds for their partners and their own travel costs. Advocacy Project
AP offers its partner organizations the opportunity to disseminate their information through the AP website and AdvocacyNet, an online news service that takes material from partners and turns them into news bulletins. These news bulletins, which profile innovative models of community-based advocacy and report on community campaigns, are sent out to more than 6,000 subscribers. Partners that lack their own websites post information on the AP website—on customized pages or in blogs.
AP helps partner groups utilize ICT. AP staff assists partners with ICT trouble-shooting and developing websites suited to groups’ specific needs. Fellows help their host groups create social networks through listservs and blogs. In addition, AP utilizes a variety of ICT training methods
specifically designed to meet the needs of the partner organization, so that these partners can continue to disseminate information when the Peace Fellow leaves.
are human rights advocacy groups that work at the community level. As of 2007, AP worked with more than 30 community-based advocacy groups worldwide. These groups are located in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
are typically activist groups located in the United States that AP works with to further promote the efforts of community-based partners.
AP seeks to build strategic partnerships
with social justice groups around the world to reach beneficiaries, scale up services and produce more sustained outcomes.