GAPA Regional NGO’s

Gapa is comprised of partnership networks and organisations from around the world.


  • Southern Africa – Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA).
    SAAPA is a network of National Alliances of civil society organisations across several countries in Southern Africa. Current members are Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.SAAPA aims to create coordinating, sharing and reflection platforms for NGOs working with alcohol-related harm to influence evidence-based alcohol policy development and implementation that promotes health and protects citizens in Southern Africa and beyond. SAAPA lobbies for key policy outcomes in line with WHO recommendations, which it advocates for in all member countries because of the interconnectedness of the economies and social life of the region. The Alliance has worked on joint training and advocacy activities, shared lessons on responding to the alcohol industry and engaged governments on alcohol policy development. The Alliance has also developed an advocacy training manual for the region and is committed to strengthening alcohol policy advocacy capacity within the region.
  • East Africa – East Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance (EAAPA).
    The East African Alcohol Policy Alliance (EAAPA) was founded in 2009, during the first East African Conference on Alcohol, in Arusha Tanzania. EAAPA is a regional alliance promoting alcohol policy advocacy and enforcement of alcohol regulation legislation(s) in the East African Community Region. The alliance unites country level networks of civil society organizations. Its main purpose was to provide a forum for sharing information and experiences and promote best practices.
  • West Africa – West African Alcohol Policy Alliance (WAAPA).
    The West African Alcohol Policy Alliance (WAAPA) is a coalition of civil society organizations with the goal of advocating and assisting in the development, implementation and evaluation of scientific-based alcohol policies and programmes in West Africa. WAAPA is involved in the monitoring and sharing of information on alcohol and alcohol related issues among its member organisations, development and international partners.
  • Nigeria – Nigeria Alcohol Prevention Youth Network (NAPYN).
    NAPYN is a youth based organization working to influence alcohol policy in Nigeria through the policy programs of the National Agency for Food and Drugs (NAFDAC). It is also engaged in the National Youth Policy Document.
  • Nigeria – Center for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA)


  • Europe – European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare).
    The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (EUROCARE) is an alliance of non- governmental and public health organisations with around 60 member organisations across 25 European countries advocating the prevention and reduction of alcohol related harm in Europe. Member organisations are involved in advocacy and research, as well as in the provision of information and training on alcohol issues and the service for people whose lives are affected by alcohol problems.Eurocare’s vision is a Europe where alcohol related harm is no longer one of the leading risk factors for ill-health and premature death. This is a Europe where people no longer suffer from the drinking of others, and where the European Union and its Member States recognise the harm done by alcohol and apply effective policies to tackle it. The mission of Eurocare is to promote policies to prevent and reduce alcohol related harm. The message, in regard to alcohol consumption is “less is better”. The Eurocare office is located in Brussels.
  • Norway – FORUT – Campaign for Development and Solidarity
    FORUT is a Norwegian development organisation established in 1981 by three NGOs specialized in alcohol and drug prevention; IOGT Norway, Juvente and Juba. FORUT’s activities are financed through fund-raising campaigns and grants from the Norwegian government. FORUT has project activities in Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, Sierra Leone, Malawi and Zambia. FORUT works in three programme areas:

    • Alcohol drugs and Development (ADD)
    • Child Rights and Development
    • Gender Equality and Women’s Rights
  • United Kingdom – Institute of Alcohol Studies.
    The core aim of IAS is to serve the public interest on public policy issues linked to alcohol. IAS does this by advocating for the use of scientific evidence in policy-making to reduce alcohol-related harm.

South-East Asia

The Americas

  • Brazil –  National Institute of Alcohol and Drugs Policies (INPAD).
    The National Institute of Alcohol and Drugs Policies (INPAD) is based at the Federal University of São Paulo and is is primarily focused on epidemiology of alcohol consumption and alcohol policies in Brazil. INPAD provided the most valuable sources of information regarding psychotropic drugs in Brazil through the two waves of the Brazilian National Alcohol and Drugs Survey, which are the only national representative surveys on substance use in the country so far. Through them an understanding of the sheer scale of the substance misuse issue in Brazil has been reached, and evidences provided to establish approaches to treatment, priorities in prevention strategies and evidence-based policies.  The outcomes of the epidemiologic studies developed by INPAD had a broad scope, not only providing sufficient data for evidence-based initiatives but also encouraging changes in legislation.
  • United States of America – The U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance
    The U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance (USAPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization translating alcohol policy research into public health practice while ensuring that local and statewide member organizations have access to the best science, resources and technical assistance required to engage in translating alcohol policy research into public health practice. The alliance focuses on population-level health, working to reduce and prevent alcohol-related harms using organizing and advocacy efforts within communities and states. Further, the U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance is committed to remaining independent of commercial interests.
  • Caribbean – Healthy Caribbean Coalition
    The Healthy Caribbean Coalition is a civil society alliance established to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their associated risk factors and conditions. Its mission is “To harness the power of civil society, in collaboration with government, private enterprise, academia, and international partners, as appropriate, in the development and implementation of plans for the prevention and management of chronic diseases among Caribbean people.” Vision: “The reduction of death and disability from chronic diseases among people in the Caribbean.”

Western Pacific