Designing for Results: Integrating Monitoring and Evaluation in Conflict Transformation Programs

8 04 2010

Source: Search for Common Ground in partnership with the United States Institute for Peace and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Theses manuals addresses the many challenges faced by conflict transformation practitioners in their attempts to measure and increase the effectiveness of their work with practical tips and examples from around the world.
Click here to download part 1 of the manual
Click here to download part 2 of the manual


The Compendium of International Legal Instruments and Other Intergovernmental Commitments Concerning Core Civil Society Rights

8 04 2010
Source: Civil Society Watch programme, CIVICUS.

For the first time ever, CIVICUS has brought together all the commitments made by national governments to protect the rights of citizens and organizations to exist and take an active part in shaping policies and practices of governments and institutions of their country. The Compendium of International Legal Instruments and Other Intergovernmental Commitments Concerning Core Civil Society Rights, is a dynamic tool to help protect the rights of civil society. Read more here and download a copy of the compendium pdf here.

Exploring the lighter side of rights advocacy

1 04 2010
Source: Tactical Tech

How can rights advocates address serious issues but still make people laugh?. This video, which tells the story of advocates who have used humor as a tactic in Egypt, Belarus and across Asia, is always greeted with much laughter from the audiences at our various 10 tactics screenings. Find guidance from respected info-activists and try out some new tools to help you use humor as a tactic for advocacy.

2009 Global Rankings of Think Tanks

10 03 2010

Source: Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania.

The index evaluated a total of 6305 think tanks worldwide. Close to 400 organizations were nominated and ranked by a global panel of 300 experts. The findings of the survey will be formally announced at a briefing at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC on Friday, January 29, 2010

Legal Research: Researching Around the World.

22 12 2009

URL: Source: Cornell Law School.

Need to find case law from Peru, Nauru, or Vanuatu? Statutory law from Serbia, South Africa, or Saint Lucia? The new Foreign and International Law Guide is the place to begin. Every country in the world is included in the Foreign Law Sites section, which provides links to the top four online resources for foreign law research, a list of Law Library resources, and links to current research guides on how to navigate the legal system and find the law. US Government Resources, Transnational Organizations, and Topical Guide sections are current and the guide is continually update

Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society.

21 12 2009

URL: Source: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights this week unveils its new guide for civil society actors – Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society. The new user-friendly guide explains how the different United Nations human rights mandates and mechanisms work, and how members of civil society, such as human rights defenders, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions, can engage with them most effectively.

Direct Democracy: The International IDEA Handbook.

14 12 2009

URL: Source: International IDEA.

Examples of direct democracy can be found all over the world, although the way it is applied and the name given to it may vary from country to country. As used in the Handbook, direct democracy can be identified in four different forms: Referendums, giving people a direct vote on a specific political, constitutional or legislative issue; Citizens’ initiatives which allow people to force a vote on an issue; Agenda initiatives that enable people to place an issue on the government’s agenda; and Recall procedures which set a framework for citizens to vote to remove an elected official from office.