In July 2011, the Alliance to End Hunger launched the National Alliance Partnership Program as an initiative aimed at reducing global hunger and malnutrition by strengthening civil society in the developing world. The Partnership Program was originally made possible by a grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In October 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the Alliance a three-year, $3 million grant to continue and expand its work.
There are currently alliances in more than 60 countries—including the Alliance to End Hunger in the United States—and 8 multi-country Regional Alliances.
National Alliances 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 lies in the diversity of its member organizations, which can include civil society organizations, social movement groups, farmers’ organizations, universities, faith-based groups, the private sector, and sometimes, government representatives.
The effectiveness of each National Alliance 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. The National Alliance Partnership Program assists in building the various capacities of these civil society coalitions in order to help them gain a voice in food security, agriculture, and nutrition policy processes.
- To strengthen the capacity of 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.