Empowerment is the process through which we enable people living in poverty to become rights activists. We do this by supporting them to become more aware and more critical of power relations and by strengthening their own power.
NGOs and other organisations that work on behalf of people living in poverty must embrace and promote accountability. If communities are able to hold such organisations to account they will be empowered to do so with others and to claim their own rights.
Unequal power is a structural cause of inequality, injustice and poverty. This toolbox is intended to familiarise practitioners with the concept of power, supporting efforts to measure shifts in power and to understand how and when they occur.
To assess the cost of achieving something of value, considering the relationship between the results achieved (value) and the resources deployed (money), using evidence and perspectives from community groups and NGO staff, board members and partners.
The Promoting Rights in Schools process supports children, parents, teachers and others to work together to identify issues in their local schools and education system and take action to ensure access to quality, free, public education for all.
It is important that states are held accountable for the provision of public services. Good gender responsive public services are essential for a dignified life and for the realisation of poor people’s human rights.
To support community members to work together to analyse their vulnerabilities and make an action plan.
In Reflection-Action we aim to build a cycle of reflection and action. We then encourage reflection on that action, new analysis and new actions. The cycle includes four main stages as outlined in this video: https://youtu.be/LSppEcY0cUU.
A number of different lenses, or areas of analysis, can be used in combination to deepen understanding of a particular context or issue. One tool may be used to explore more than one area.
Campaigns harness people’s power through organisation, mobilisation and communication around a simple demand, to achieve a political or social change.
A simple 5-step process that employs participatory approaches to support communities to map areas that are ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ for women and to develop community-led action plans to improve safety.
Supporting analysis and action on tax injustice
In the Village Book process people analyse and document their general situation to gain an understanding of the causes of their village’s problems. The process culminates in the creation of a community-designed action plan.
Supporting women's collectives and other producer groups to understand and access markets, create demand for their products and establish a gender sensitive value chain.
Unpaid care work refers to the many services that women provide in their homes and in communities, from preparing food to taking care of children, the ill and the elderly.
To support and strengthen youth engagement in appraisal, strategy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of local rights programmes.