Frequently asked questions about the HREA Advocacy Institute

1. What is the cost of tuition?

The cost of the 4-day Advocacy Institute is US$ 975. Register by 1 February 2016 and receive a $200 discount!

2. How can I register for the 2016 Advocacy Institute?

Click to register for the Advocacy Institute (opens in new window). The Advocacy Institute is limited to 30 participants and space is available on a first-come first-served basis. Please note that payment is due at the time of registration. The final registration deadline for the HREA Advocacy Institute 2016 is 1 May 2016.

3. What are my payment options?

The preferred payment method is by credit card (Discover, MasterCard or Visa) or PayPal. If you cannot use either payment option it is also possible to pay by bank or wire transfer. Please contact the HREA Training Coordinator ( to request an invoice that will include the required bank information.

4. What is included with tuition?

Tuition includes the 4-day training program, lunches and coffee breaks throughout the training, a training pack and hard copies of all training materials, access to the 2016 Advocacy Institute webpage, a course certificate upon successful completion of the program, and a reception on the final evening of the Advocacy Institute. Please note that accommodation is not included with your tuition payment.

5. Who should attend the Advocacy Institute?

The Advocacy Institute is intended for professionals seeking to increase their skills and gain practical understanding of participatory advocacy methods and tools. Participants include staff members of NGOs and inter-governmental organizations, academics, educators and activists.

6. Is the training accessible for persons with disabilities?

HREA seeks to ensure its training programs are fully accessible for persons with disabilities and that everyone is able to participate on an equal basis with others. Please contact the Training Coordinator with any questions or concerns about accessibility including the specific forms of reasonable accommodation you require.

7. Do I need a visa?

Nationals of some countries need a visa to enter Kenya if they are not residents. Please consult the Republic of Kenya Electronic Visa System to determine if you will need a visa to attend the Advocacy Institute.

8. Where will the Advocacy Institute be held?

The Advocacy Institute will this year take place in Nairobi (Kenya); the exact training location will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

9. How should I arrange accommodation?

Participants are responsible for organizing their own accommodation.

10. Is the Advocacy Institute accredited?

The Advocacy Institute is not accredited. However, all participants who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate of participation from HREA. HREA has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is a member of the international consortium LINGOs (Learning in NGOs).

11. What is HREA’s reimbursement policy for the Advocacy Institute? Can I be deferred to a future session of the Institute?

HREA can offer reimbursements for the Advocacy Institute (minus a $175 processing fee) if you request a refund by 1 June 2016. No refund requests will be considered after 1 June. Unfortunately, participants cannot be deferred to a future session of the Institute.

12. Do you offer scholarships?

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to human rights defenders from low-income countries attending the HREA Advocacy Institute. Please refer to the Application Form for instructions on how to apply. Please note that scholarship funding is limited and will be awarded at HREA’s discretion according to need, merit and availability. Scholarship funding is only available to support tuition costs. Funding is not available to support travel, visa or accommodation costs. For an overview of other possible funding/scholarship opportunities, please visit our scholarship opportunities page.

13. Who should I speak to if I have any unanswered questions?

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact our Training Coordinator at or +1 (617) 301-4379.