Civil Society Resources

A list of free guides, how-to tools and other resources on Civil Society Development for NGOs and development professionals.

Gender-Responsive Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education: Free Toolkit for Teachers and School Leaders

VVOB, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and public education partners in Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia have joined forces to develop a practical approach to gender-responsive pedagogy for early childhood education (GRP4ECE). The Gender-Responsive Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education (GRP4ECE) toolkit empowers preschool teachers and school leaders to challenge gender stereotypes where they can… [Read More]

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A Free Field Practitioner’s Guide on Institutional and Organizational Analysis and Capacity Strengthening

This “Institutional and Organizational Analysis and Capacity Strengthening” guide was funded by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), the single largest climate change initiative for smallholder farmers worldwide. The purpose of this Guide is to support institutional and organizational analysis and strengthening (IOA/S) for design and implementation of programmes… [Read More]

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Plan International’s Free Toolkit on Child Centred Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Thousands of children, hundreds of community members and partner civil society organisation staff, and Plan International staff in 8 countries have contributed to the completion of this Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction Toolkit. Children and community members worked with Plan International staff and its partner organizations to implement Plan’s Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction Programme, during the… [Read More]

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A Free Handbook for the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons

Internally displaced persons, or “IDPs,” are part of the broader civilian population that needs protection and assistance because of conflict and human rights abuses or due to natural disasters. The focus on IDPs in this Handbook is not intended to encourage preferential treatment of IDPs to the exclusion of other populations at risk but, rather,… [Read More]

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A Free Handbook for Journalists: Climate Governance in Africa

Climate governance is a difficult subject bringing together the social, technical, policy, financial and political elements of climate change. At the root of these issues remain grave concerns about Africa’s development needs and the need to address imperatives such as poverty, unemployment, food security and health. In addition, questions remain about whether the interests of… [Read More]

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A Free Handbook on Reconciliation After Violent Conflict

How does a newly democratized nation constructively address the past to move from a divided history to a shared future? How do people rebuild coexistence after violence? This Handbook presents a range of tools that can be, and have been, employed in the design and implementation of reconciliation processes. Most of them draw on the… [Read More]

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A Free Handbook for Practitioners: Democratic Dialogue

Democratic Dialogue: A Handbook for Practitioners aims to provide decision-makers, dialogue promoters and practitioners with a practical guide on how to organize, facilitate and assess dialogue processes. It combines conceptual and practical knowledge, while providing practitioners with an extensive repertoire of relevant tools, experiences and approaches adapted to the issue at stake, the local context… [Read More]

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A Free Handbook for Parliamentarians: Advancing the Human Rights and Inclusion of LGBTI People

Advancing the Human Rights and Inclusion of LGBTI People: A Handbook for Parliamentarians has been jointly produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). This Handbook sets out relevant human rights frameworks and highlights the role of parliamentarians in implementing Agenda 2030, to ensure no one, including LGBTI people,… [Read More]

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A Free Water Project Toolkit

The Water Project Toolkit addresses the sustainable development of the water sector and contributes to translating the international development policies on freshwater resources management into actual development cooperation activities. The Water Project Toolkit is intended to be used by sector stakeholders such as governments, private sector, civil society, development partners, Universities and other training institutions,… [Read More]

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A Free Toolkit for Indicator Development in Justice and Safety

The Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School has designed a Toolkit for Indicator Development in Justice and Safety, which is a self-directed instructional tool to help government agencies and non-government organizations to measure complex operations or persistent problems in the justice sector. This self-directed guide may be used by… [Read More]