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NGOs are invaluable to development, the work of strengthening democracy and building social capacities worldwide. NGOs with a mandate to work with the UN and its family of organizations have the additional need to develop the know-how and to build effective networks of relationships.

To this end, the NGO Academy provides some of the training needed to speed the process of leaning how to be more effective partners with the UN.

Knowing very well through our own experience since mid 1990′s that the capacity of each NGO’s team of staff, interns and volunteers directly impacts the NGO’s ability to fulfill it’s mission, the NGO Academy has taken up the mission of providing some of the training needed by NGOs working in consultative status with the UN—and those interested in preparing to do so in the future.

Our project has been to put together core materials NGO representatives need to know about the UN and about working in intergovernmental environments into an online training program we have called the Advocacy Algorithm.

For now, do take a look at the free express course, the resources as well as consider working through the intensive. Even those who have spent many years at the UN have commented that the Advocacy Algorithm is comprehensive—beyond their expectation, and that they “learned a lot.”

And it really is extremely affordable! NGO staff and volunteers who are already “giving their all” deserve access to top resources at very reasonable prices.

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DPI / NGO Briefings 2016

The UN’s Department of Public Information (DPI) conducts (almost) weekly briefings for NGOs. These take place at the UN and are often (but not always) video-taped so those unable to attend can review the materials. The briefings cover a variety of topics and...

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Customer Testimonial

Hi Dr. Smith! I am absolutely thrilling in your Advocacy Algorithm course for Global Citizens. I cannot thank you enough. I feel like I have been looking for this course my whole life!

… I am just so grateful you have produced this incredible product/learning adventure about what is one of the most important things in our world today, and would love to see more people taking advantage of it!

You have done a stellar job at creating something fun, full of valuable and accurate information, crisp and to the point so busy people can do it, and at the same time paced in such a way that the learning really integrates and sticks so that beyond being mere conceptual learning it can translate into action and wisdom.


You are truly an answer to a prayer – I feel so lucky to have found your Facebook page and from there to your course. AMAZING! With much gratitude…

The Advocacy Intensive

If you – and your team – are ready to upgrade your NGO’s advocacy capacity, then get started with the comprehensive 35 lesson online intensive: “The Advocacy Algorithm.”