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Advocacy Institute

The NCD Advocacy Institute is a flagship Capacity Development initiative designed to strengthen NCD civil society to ensure a more effective NCD response.

It offers tailored technical assistance and training opportunities for both nascent and experienced national NCD alliances aiming to strengthen their impact and contribution to noncommunicable disease prevention and control.

The NCDA launched the Advocacy Institute in 2017, as its flagship Capacity Development initiative to support coalition building and context-specific, impact-driven advocacy campaigns in low- and middle-income countries.

The Advocacy Institute consists of a multi-year partnership with organisations and alliances, supporting and strengthening national and regional NCD civil society across selected geographies. Its Seed Programme supports the establishment of NCD civil society networks in countries/regions where these are non-existent or nascent, and the Accelerator Programme works with established NCD alliances in countries/regions to strengthen advocacy efforts where there are windows of opportunity for specific policy change.

The Institute offers a platform for specific NCD alliances to increase their engagement in regional and global advocacy processes, such as the UN High-Level Meetings and World Health Assembly, thus furthering alliances’ own efforts at the national levels.

Advocacy Institute’s first phase 2017-2019

The Advocacy Institute’s first phase consisted of a three-year cycle, 2017-2019. A total of nine NCD alliances were supported via the Seed Programme (Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, and Vietnam), of which six alliances were founded during the programme. The Accelerator Programme supported five established alliances (Brazil, Colombia, India, Mexico and South Africa).

The Advocacy Institute Seed and Accelerator Programmes 2017-2019 have proven to be effective in the formation of new NCD alliances, the strengthening of existing ones, the development of strategic advocacy campaigns and the achievement of relevant policy wins.

4 exemplary advocacy and community building campaigns during first phase:

1.     Mexico Salud-Hable Coalition’s #VotoSaludable (#HealthyVote) digital campaign positioning the lack of NCD and health-focus in the 2018 presidential election campaign.

2.     Healthy India Alliance’s regional strategy to convene, mobilise and meaningfully involve people living with NCDs and youth from the country’s different regions in the alliance’s strategic planning.

3.     NCD-Vietnam’s successfully advocacy for a national alcohol control law that was approved by the National Assembly in June 2019.

4.     Healthy Philippines Alliance’s advocacy efforts supporting a national UHC law that was approved in April 2019 supported by the President.

Relevant results of this first phase from participating alliances:

+90% indicating that the programmes have effectively encouraged civil society coalition building.

+90% reporting that the Advocacy Institute helped them achieve advocacy wins or strengthen advocacy efforts in their countries.

85% having a clear and strategic advocacy agenda.

85% indicated being able to increase their knowledge base and ability to promote relevant NCD prevention and control policies.

Read more about the impact of the Advocacy Institute first phase here.

Advocacy Institute’s second phase (starting 2020)

A second phase of the Advocacy Institute started in 2020, supporting coalition building of five alliances through the Seed Programme (Ivory Coast, Malawi, Malaysia, Senegal and the African NCDs Network), and increasing the capacity of nine established NCD alliances to drive effective in-country NCD and UHC through the new NCDs and UHC Accelerator Programme (Egypt, Ghana, India, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Rwanda, Tanzania and Vietnam).


Find out more about the Accelerator Programme.

Find out more about the Seed Programme.