NATIONAL ALLIANCE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (NAPP)
In July 2011, The Alliance to End Hunger in Washington, D.C. launched the National Alliance Partnership Program (NAPP) as an initiative aimed at reducing global hunger and malnutrition by strengthening civil society in the developing world. NAPP is made possible by a grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
- To strengthen the capacity of local civil society’s participation in the development, implementation, and monitoring of country-led agricultural development, food security, and nutrition activities in a coordinated and sustainable way.
- To encourage governments, foundations, and multilateral institutions to invest in civil society coalitions and mechanisms engaged in agriculture, food security, and nutrition.
- There are currently alliances in more than 40 countries, including the Alliance to End Hunger in the United States.
- These alliances are part of an international network called the Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition, based at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. [www.theaahm.org]
- National alliances against hunger are a proven model for engaging diverse stakeholders in building the public and political will to end hunger at a national level.
- The strength of each national alliance (NA) lies in the diversity of its member organizations, which can include: civil society organizations, social movement groups, farmers’ organizations, universities, faith-based groups, private sector, and sometimes, government representatives.
- The effectiveness of each NA is determined, in large part, by the health of the organization, the diversity of its coalition, and its capacity for advocacy and independent policy analysis.
- Through the NAPP, the Alliance to End Hunger has formed strategic partnerships with national alliances in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana.
- The U.S. Alliance is helping these national alliances build their organizational and financial capacity; diversify their coalitions, with particular emphasis on engaging farmers’ organizations; and increase their capacity for advocacy and policy analysis in the areas of agriculture, food security, and nutrition.
- In Ghana, the U.S. Alliance and the Ghana Alliance brought together over 100 organizations to engage with the Ghanaian government on their Medium-term Agriculture Sector Investment Plan.
- In Kenya, the U.S. Alliance and Catholic Relief Services (an Alliance member) initiated a series of meetings and consultations that resulted in the creation of the Kenya Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition.
- Our partner in Uganda, the Food Rights Alliance, has convened a National Farmers’ Forum and provided research support and a case study for Bread for the World’s 2013 Hunger Report.