Resource Library

Creating a Women's Empowerment Group (Toolkit)

I found this great resource that was developed by an organization in Uganda about how to build and create an economic empowerment group through bead making. The organization, Bead for Life, has developed their own materials about how to create this entrepreneurial group and have provided some great information about how to create your own bead making party in your community. 

Creating a Project to Improve the Capacity of Local Communities to Adapt to Climate Change Toolkit (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese)

This toolkit was created by CARE International and helps individuals and organizations be able to create Community-Based Adaptation projects. Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) projects are interventions whose primary objective is to improve the capacity of local communities to adapt to climate change. The toolkit includes information about climate change and how to create a project that will create lasting and systemic change.

Making Monitoring and Evaluation Systems Work

“There are constant and growing pressures on governments and organizations around the world to be more responsive to demands from internal and external stakeholders for good governance, accountability and transparency, greater development effectiveness and delivery of tangible results.”

How to Make the Government More Accountable Toolkit - Is it possible?

This toolkit discusses a pilot project that was done in Montenegro in order to improve local democracy by increasing accountability and transparency at the local level. The toolkit discusses the pilot project, some of the lessons learned from the project and how you can take some of these initiatives into your own community. In exploring this toolkit some of the most interesting things that I found were in Chapter 5 discussing some of the best practices on transparency and accountability and how they are key principles in creating a powerful democracy at the local level.

The Best Global Non-Fiction of 2014

I've noticed many posts the last few days within the World Pulse Community about reading non-fiction books about topics that affect women throughout the world. I came across this list of books and thought I would share with everyone. I have read one of the books on the list and it did not disappoint and I am looking forward to reading many of the others. I hope you enjoy and this helps building your reading list in the future. 

20 Inspiring TED Talks Every Women Should Watch

From careers to relationships these 20 Ted Talks cover a variety of different topics that all relate to women leadership and empowerment.  One of my favorites is by Sheryl Sandberg on why there are two few women leaders where she discusses some of the issues as to why women are less likely to be at the top of major corporations and ways in which they can overcome some of the reasons why. Another talk from the list that is very interesting is the Power of Introverts.

PIFEVA (Pillar to Vulnerable Women Active in DR Congo)

PIFEVA (Pillar to Vulnerable Women Active in DR Congo) is a non-profit support women and local communities against poverty and injustice created June 4, 2004 in Bukavu, in a context of widespread poverty, sexual violence to women, the spread of STI / AIDS, exploitation and use of women and children in mining squares forces and armed groups and massive displacement of populations following multiple wars occurred in East DRCongo.

New Free E-Book on Fundraising Tips

THE FUTURE OF FUNDRAISING Sixteen leading nonprofit experts have come together to share innovative trends, non profit fundraising ideas, and best practices that will help nonprofits keep their supporters in focus in a new era of philanthropy. Download the eBook for fresh fundraising tips and ideas you can put into practice now!

Toolkits on Identification, Prevention and Caring for Children with Disability -- Guide for Community Workers, Parents and Health Workers

As a community worker, my focus is not limited to the person with disability only but to include the parents, relatives and the community as a whole. I want to see that everybody is involved in the development of a child -- which holds true in the saying "it takes a village to raise a child" and to see an inclusive community. One way to achieve that is through engagement of the community and education.

The Global Leadership Forecast 2014-2015 Report/Map

The Development Dimensions International, Inc (DDI) has compiled information from organizations from 48 different countries and compiled it into the Global Leadership Forecast 2014-2015. Within the report DDI has found some interesting information in regards to what the future of leadership looks like in business and organizations. Link:

The Female Face of Farming - Exploring the Gender Gap in Agriculture

Farmers. Workers. Entrepreneurs. Care-givers. Bread-winners. Bread-makers. Mothers. Wives. Daughters. Sisters Women wear a variety of hats in all countries. However, even though women have multi-faceted roles with their communities, gender gaps still remain in many different areas. Here is a great info graphic that was produced by the United Nations: Food and Agriculture Organization that highlight the gender gap in agriculture around the world.   

Online Tool Showing Gender Gap in Education World Wide (English, French, Spanish)

A new online tool highlighting the progress and pitfalls of girls' and women's education around the world.  Use this fun interactive tool to learn more about education in your own country. Try it with your own country first and then pick another one to compare. Learn about the gender gap in education in primary school, secondary school, high school and higher education.  Link:

Toolkit on Indigenous Women's Rights in Africa (English and French)

Forest Peoples Programme has created this toolkit to help indigenous women in Africa to better understand the African human rights system and how to use it effectively to secure their rights. The tool kit includes 11 different chapters (each one can be view on their site or downloaded as a pdf available in English and French). The resource link below will take you to the website where at the bottom of the page are links to each of the 11 different chapters. Click on the chaper and you'll be provided with links to the information in both languages. 

DR Congo Peace Building Organizations - Insight on Conflict

Interested in finding peace-building and conflict resolution organizations active in DR Congo? Insight on Conflict has created a list of a number of organizations that are local organizations, international organizations and international NGOs. Explore the site and find links to information about each one. Use the site to find more information or explore to find people in your community that you could connect with. Run an organization in the DRC? Use this tool to find others that you can partner with to make an even bigger impact. 

Young African Leaders Initiative

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by President Obama in 2010 to invest in the next generation of African leaders and to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The YALI Network provides virtual resources to equip young African leaders with the skills and connections they need to foster change in their communities and their countries.

Global Network of Women Peace Builders (GNWP) Mapping Tool

Want to find more organizations near you with like-minded missions? The Global Network of Women Peace Builders (GNWP) has created a great mapping tool that shows all the different member organizations of the GNWP. You are able to select a specific country or region on the map and then zoom in to see all the different organizations near you that are also working towards building gender equity, peace and sustainability. 

UN Women Self-Paced Online Training

Explore a variety of online trainings provided by UN Women. Trainings cover a large number of relevant topics. Self-paced courses allow learners to access content at their pace, and from anywhere at any time. This type of course is interactive and can include video, audio or animations to enhance the learning experience.  These online trainings cover a large amount of different subjects, are free and are avaialbe in English, Spanish, and French.   

UN Women - Reports and Publications

UN Women has published and made public a large number of really interesting reports that are worth exploring. You can search through by geographically areas that the reports are about, by a specific country, or view reports by topics.  All of the reports are free and can be downloaded from the website. Also many of the reports are available in multiple languages including French and Spanish. 
Zimbabwean human rights defender Kuda Chitsike

Tools for Video Activists!

Witness is an international organization that trains and supports activists and citizens around the world to use video safely, ethically, and effectively to expose human rights abuse and fight for human rights change. The majority of the world’s population now has a camera in their pocket. People everywhere are turning to video to document and tell stories of abuse. But all too often, they are not filming safely or effectively, and their videos don’t make a difference.

New NTEN Issue on Digital Inclusion

The 17th issue of NTEN: Change covers a range of perspectives from those at the forefront of bridging the digital divide: schools, libraries, city governments, and nonprofit organizations.