This is a space for exploring different issues or themes or contexts where participatory methods are driving transformative change.


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.

Humanitarian Needs Assessment

Tools and resources to deliver a gender transformative needs assessments in humanitarian crises

Human Right Based Approach

Many Org that used needs-based approaches to development in the past have moved towards using a human rights-based approach, where participatory methodologies can be crucial to change the way in which programmes are designed, implemented and evaluation

Inclusive Democracy

An alternative narrative on inclusive democracy and electoral accountability: ensuring women and young people’s voices matter and their votes count

Internal Accountability

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.

M&E - Measuring Power Shifts

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.

M&E - Value for Money Analysis

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.

Promoting Rights in Schools

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.

Public Service Accountability

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.

PVA - Vulnerability Analysis

To support community members to work together to analyse their vulnerabilities and make an action plan.

Reflection-Action Cycle

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:

Reflection-Action Lenses

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.

Rooted Campaigning

Campaigns harness people’s power through organisation, mobilisation and communication around a simple demand, to achieve a political or social change.

Safe Cities - The Urban Book

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.

Tax Power

Supporting analysis and action on tax injustice

Village Book

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.

Women's Access to Markets

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.

Women's Unpaid Care Work

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.

Youth Programming

To support and strengthen youth engagement in appraisal, strategy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of local rights programmes.