National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) emerged in 1992 as a result of the collective vision and commitment of social activists who felt the need for a resource centre to facilitate advocacy for issues of public concern, specifically the rights of marginalised people.
NCAS is a Society registered under the Maharashtra Societies Registration Act, 1960 and the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950. It is a membership-based organization governed by the General Body of Members, an Executive Committee and a Standing Committee.
In its formative years, NCAS, through a process of discussions and consultations with social activists and organizations, conceptualized the structure of an advocacy training in India. The second phase of the organizational development began with the shifting of NCAS from Mumbai to Pune in April, 1994.
This phase was marked by the creation of People Centred Advocacy programmes. On the basis of the curriculum established during the formative phase, the design and basic format of NCAS advocacy training programmes were developed, including a space for research and documentation. Eventually, NCAS created a viable training module to help understand the concept, practice and scope of advocacy in the socio-cultural and political context of India.
The ADVOCACY INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME (AIP), a unique venture of the National Centre for Advocacy Studies was inaugurated in 1999. The AIP aimed at developing a set of dedicated and active youth committed to social change and justice and has in its 12 years produced around 100 young advocates who are working in various positions in organizations from grassroots to INGOs.
With programmes such as the Community Learning Movement, NCAS involved itself with grassroots advocacy efforts. Through the improvement of NCAS’ capacity building and research programmes, it seeks to develop the necessary potential to be a leading resource centre in India and throughout Asia. NCAS firmly believes that transparency and accountability should be the non-negotiable features of governance. It aims to bridge the gap between theory and praxis of Transparency and Accountability through its endeavours.
NCAS believes in complete transparency of its work. In order to best facilitate the quality of its role as a resource centre, NCAS strives to create an open space where all NCAS members and guests can understand NCAS’ stance on the social justice issues it confronts, as well as the policy measures it seeks to change.