Thematic Areas


E 3 - Organising and mobilising

E 3 - Organising and mobilising

Community organising is the foundation for securing change. Its goal is to build the power of excluded groups by bringing them together and building a collective organisation that will allow them to influence decision-makers on a range of issues over time. It’s important to build on this mobilisation to facilitate the emergence or strengthening of community organisations. We also need to support grassroots organisations to connect as identity-based groups at district level and up to national level, creating new people’s organisations and social movements or strengthening and democratising those that already exist.

Participatory tools to support community organising include:

  • Chapatti diagram - to map actors and institutions that you might wish to work with.
  • Gatekeeper tool - to identify people and organisations who might help you access the decision makers you want to influence.



Here you can download some useful resources.

Tools in this toolbox

Action plan matrix

To support participants to develop a community action plan.Steps Community members develop action plans based on the solutions id…

Balloons and stones

To help identify factors that might help or hinder you in your work or in your progress towards a goal. The stones represent thin…

Chapatti diagram

To explore relationships between things – particularly the relative importance, influence or power of people, organisations or gr…

Gatekeeper tool

To identify people who can help you access duty bearers relevant to your advocacy or campaigning work.The processDraw up a table …

Kite - grounding international work

To explore how international campaigns can be grounded and linked to the local level.The tool can be used to review or evaluate a…

People’s caravan

To raise awareness or lobby on an issue.  A group of people travelling together in procession often to raise awareness or lobby o…

Process diagram

To show the different stages involved in a process, including details of who does what and the time or cost involved in the diffe…