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20 Dedicated Humanitarian Advocacy Organizations

Charities often choose to undertake public advocacy to work towards achieving their charitable purposes. This helps to create awareness and bring onboard the public in solving pressing global issues.

What is advocacy?

Supporting or opposing changes to any matter of law, policy or practice can significantly benefit humanitarian organizations and NGOs, so they can make sure their compassionate work is more effective and far reaching. By causing or inhibiting a change in law, other NGOs and humanitarian organizations can also benefit from these lasting changes.

The list is not exhaustive. But it underlines how much humanitarian advocacy Organizations are needed all over the globe. Fortunately, many organizations are dedicated to improving legislation regarding humanitarian work. We are putting a great emphasis on the fact that this list is incomplete. Please note that we recognize the important work done by any other organization that is not mentioned herein. Should you have in mind any other humanitarian advocacy organizations that should be added to this list, please let us know via Twitter.

  • ICNL Civic Freedom Monitor The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law’s Civic Freedom Monitor provides up-to-date information on legal issues affecting civil society and civic freedoms which include the freedoms of association, expression, and peaceful assembly.
  • National Youth Advocacy Service NYAS is a UK charity providing socio-legal services. They offer information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults through a network of dedicated paid workers and volunteers throughout England and Wales. Their work goes a long way in protecting human rights and ensuring justice prevails even to the less fortunate.
  • Advocates for International Development Their vision is to see the law and lawyers playing a full part in the eradication of global poverty.
  • Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) This is a group of more than 30 non-profit organizations working to increase awareness of the urgent need for technologies that save lives in the developing world.
  • Global Health Council Global Health Council is the leading membership organization which supports and connects advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around priorities in the global health sector.
  • The Earth Institute It was established at Columbia University more than two decades ago. It brings together the people and tools needed to address some of the world's most difficult problems, from climate change and environmental degradation to poverty, disease and the sustainable use of resources.
  • GBCHealth This is a coalition of companies and organizations serving as a hub for business engagement on the world’s most pressing global health issues.
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center It bridges foreign policy and public health communities by creating a strategy for U.S. engagement on global health.
  • Oxfam International Around the world, Oxfam International works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. Through supporting schools, to helping farmers sell their farm produce at a fair price, to improving access to people with HIV/AIDS to health care - their long-term development projects are transforming lives and making living conditions better.
  • Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) is a non-governmental, non-profit, advocacy, information sharing, and research institution.
  • Act! This is a leading Kenyan not-for-profit, non-governmental organization involved in different development initiatives in Kenya. Act!’s main programme focus is on environment and natural resources Management; democracy, human rights, peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
  • Amnesty International Through their detailed research and determined campaigning, they help fight the violation of human rights worldwide. They bring torturers to justice, help change oppressive laws and free people jailed just for voicing their opinion on an issue affecting the community.
  • Lawyers Without Borders Lawyers Without Borders is a non-profit organization that harnesses the pro bono work of lawyers from around the world into volunteer service in global rule of law, capacity building and access to justice initiatives. This goes a long way in ensuring justice is done even for the less fortunate in a community.
  • Human Rights Watch Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental human rights organization made up of roughly 400 staff members around the world. Its staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities coming together to achieve a common goal: protect against violation of human rights.
  • Women for Women International Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 447,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict come back to their feet to help the community. They serve women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.
  • Cultural Survival Cultural Survival works to defend the human rights and cultural heritage of indigenous people and oppressed ethnic minorities around the world.
  • International Peace Bureau The International Peace Bureau is dedicated to the vision of a World Without War. Their current main program centers on Disarmament for Sustainable Development, and within this, their focus is mainly on the reallocation of military expenditure.
  • MADRE MADRE partners with grassroots women on the frontlines of war and disaster to administer help where it’s much needed. Together, they meet urgent needs and create lasting change in the local community.
  • Global Fund for Women Women’s rights are the fundamental human rights that were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet nearly 70 years ago. These rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage. Global Fund For Women fights for these women rights.
  • Human Rights First Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. We believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights, so we press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law.

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