Our Services

What We Do

The Accelerator is:

  • Building internal capacity to engage local health advocates in Africa.
  • Providing strong African-centric platform that connects donors, TAs and advocates.
  • Providing valuable services to advocates through diverse channels.

Developing a mechanism of keeping up with the constantly changing needs and the dynamics of advocates in Africa

Hewlett Foundation Project

The Advocacy Accelerator is implementing a two-year project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Global Development and Population Programme. The project’s ultimate outcomes are:

  1. A strong, coordinated community of health and development advocates in Africa.
  2. A robust, demand-driven, advocacy TA market place

Donor behaviour and funding practice supports advocacy efforts in the Global South

Amref Health Africa and the Advocacy Accelerator are implementing the Youth Advocacy Project, an initiative working with youth, partners and communities to strengthen the voice, skills, and participation of youth across Kenya to advocate for youth-identified policy and resource priorities in areas of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The project is funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and aims to achieve following key objectives:

  • Establish and strengthen a coalition for youth-led advocacy networks and organizations across Kenya to support a common set of specific youth-identified policy priorities across the gender equality and SRHR continuum.
  • Strengthen the capacity of a targeted number of youth-led advocacy organizations in four counties in Kenya in advocacy, advocacy communications, and campaigning on their priority advocacy topics within the gender equality and SRHR continuum.
  • Support a strategic effort by youth to increase their representation on committees and other bodies in their counties and at the national level to increasingly inform government priorities and practices.

In this project, the Accelerator aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Increased political support for addressing the health and well-being of adolescents and youth.
  • Identify, align and support youth across Kenya
  • Strengthen youth advocacy knowledge and skills
  1. Increased advocacy and advocacy communications capacity among BMGF grantees that engage with the Advocacy Accelerator
  • Advocacy capacity-strengthening tools and resources
  • Advocacy strategy and advocacy communications training and technical support
  • Sustained financing

The Advocacy Accelerator has partnered with Lightbox Limited and Busara Centre for Behavioural Economics in a two-year project. The three organisations are providing Linking and Learning Platform for the Voice Project which is funded by the International Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (HIVOS). The project will operate in Kenya and Tanzania.

The project has four work streams:

  • Research and evidence
  • Building the platform
  • Story-telling and communication
  • Joint facilitation and reflecting on success

The Advocacy Accelerator is building a strong, connected community of advocates

  • Hundreds of advocates from around Africa are brought together through in-person advocacy exchanges that foster engagement, sharing and learning among advocates.
  • An average of 300 advocates register for thought-provoking webinars, whose topics are generated by advocates themselves and discussions focus on challenges experienced by advocates in the Global South.
  • Numerous advocacy resources and tools shared with advocates via online platforms and events.
  • Hundreds of people visit our website (advocacyaccelerator.org) every month.
  • A growing Facebook community of advocates (Facebook/Advocacy Accelerator) receive regular updates on advocacy events, resources training and funding opportunities.
  • A vibrant Twitter following with an average 15% growth every month. Discussions are community-driven and address issues that affect advocates in their work.
  • We respond to questions submitted through the website and social media platforms. More support and referrals is provided through collaboration and partnerships meetings.
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