Here we gather resouces that you might find helpful in running your projects or organising your work.

Some of these resources are provided by GLI partners or collaborators. Others will be from GLI Networkers. Some will be resources that we have come across from outside the GLI network.

If you have found any useful resouces which others might also benefit from using, if you have special knowlege or expertise that you would like to share or if you would like to collaborate or work in partnership with GLI and our ever-growing global network of grass roots social projects and comminity change makers then please contact email

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Speaking Out: How the voices of poor people are shaping the future
This set of 12 papers brings together experiences, lessons, and good practice from Oxfam GB and its partners� global programme work on the theme of �the right to be heard�. The papers describe different ways to strengthen the participation of people in poverty so that they become active citizens and shape policy decisions.
Corruption Fighters' Tool Kit - Civil Society Experiences and Emerging Strategies - Publication Date 2004
The Corruption Fighters' Tool Kit is a compendium of civil society anti-corruption experiences. It presents anti-corruption tools developed and implemented by Transparency International (TI) National Chapters and other civil society organisations from around the world that aim to create public awareness about the problem of corruption; monitor public institutions; encourage citizens' participation in key decision-making processes; and open channels of communication between governments and their citizens. Our thanks to the CIVICUS newsletter of 06 March 2009 ISSUE No. 428 -

Six simple stages to getting started on copywriting:
1. Gather - jot down your thoughts and ideas.
2. Group - arrange them into clear themes.
3. Sequence - organises themes into a logical order.
4. Place - decides what is going where and how much space should be allocated.
5. Write - produce a first draft.
6. Revise - work on subsequent drafts and polish your finished work.
Found these tips useful? Read The DIY Guide to Powerful Publicity for more advice and support on creating publicity for your organisation.
Managing Without Profit (3rd ed) Leadership, management and governance of third sector organisations - New Edition by Mike Hudson  GBP 24.95 Published by DSC
Managing Without Profit - now in its fifteenth year of publication - has sold over 18,000 copies and been translated into three languages. A guide to leading, managing and governing third sector organisations providing a practical overview for busy managers who need to learn a lot in a short space of time. The new edition has been completely revised and updated, with new chapters on managing strategic partnerships and managing knowledge and new sections on winning work from the public-sector and tracking corporate performance. It also includes many new case examples.
The Worldwide Fundraiser's Handbook - A Guide to fundraising for Southern NGOs and Voluntary Organisations by Michael Norton, Directory of Social Change, 2003 ISBN: 190399134X Cost: GBP 19.95 + postage
This is a fully revised and updated edition of the essential handbook for fundraising for the developing world (including Africa, Asia, Latin America and countries of Eastern Europe). Using case studies and examples of good practice, it offers guidance and advice on: establishing effective local fundraising; tapping a wide range of sources of funding (including government, companies and charitable foundations); fundraising techniques; good practice; and sources of information and help. This is an ideal book for fundraisers working to mobilise local resource and funding for those seeking to support them. This new edition takes into account changes in fundraising practice and includes many new case studies.  The book contains:    
New sections on internet fundraising and on branding and image
A completely updated section on income generation    
Guidance on using case studies to illustrate your work
Our thanks to GLI Networker Samson Pitchairaj for sharing this resource - Stewart Craine GLI Networker - Barefoot Power is a social entrepreneurial business.  We design and manufacture technology products specifically for poor people that have the potential to reduce poverty in developing countries. We believe that energy access is one of the key building blocks of economic development.  Our first area of focus, therefore, is on the most basic use of electricity - lighting. Over US$10 billion is spent each year on kerosene for lighting in the homes of the poor in developing countries.  Our mission is to help poor families to stop spending their scarce cash by giving them a better and cheaper option - there are micro-enterprise opportunities available too!
Teach A Man To Fish - NEW - School In A Box - A Guide to Creating Your Own Self Sufficient School - Making Sustainable Education Simpler
We've now proven beyond a doubt that a school can offer students a transformative high quality education and cover their own costs through school-run businesses. Starting a financially self-sufficient school has always been too hard and too full of risks for most institutions to contemplate. The SCHOOL IN A BOX Guide Series aims to make starting such a school easy, and reduce the risks involved to a mangeable level. This series draws together the collective experiences of TeachAManToFish, our sister organization Fundacion Paraguaya, and the many school partners we work with across the developing world into nine easy-to-read self-help manuals. - from The Family Literacy Project, founded by GLI Networker Snoeks Desmond
FLP began in 2000 in resonse to concerns raised by research conducted by Khulisa Management Services that showed no improvement in the early literacy levels in pre-schoolers, despite training and support provided through the national Department of Education. Six years on the project has won many awards. On the FLP website is a section called 'Knowledge' with many useful papers and research findings for those with an interest in family literacy and community libraries - click here . from GLI Networker Uday Thakkar - Your Ethical Business - How to plan, start and succeed in a company with a conscience by Paul Allen ISBN 978-0-9553695-0-6 GBP10
Packed with practical advice, case studies and top tips- from raising ethical finance and responsible marketing to greening your workplace and sourcing fairly traded goods - Your Ethical Business takes you through all the big issues facing every socially and environmentally responsible company. See Uday's top 10 tips for entrepreneurial success in How We Do It Guides in the Share area - click here - GLI Networker Oz Osborne - Tamwed Regeneration Research Report PDF
This BIG Lottery-funded project aimed to provide statistics that would demonstrate the needs of marginalised and impoverished communities in two areas of Tamil Nadu in India. A research and survey programme was designed, delivered and the results analysed to give statistical evidence of needs and assets that would provide the foundation for a 3 year regeneration programme to contribute to social, economic and environmental sustainability.Tamwed and its partners are responding by building and testing different types of water-free toilets to see if they are appropriate for installing in new houses. Also see website - GLI Networker Ian Amor - saving lives in floods - PLEASE RESPOND
I am an experienced creativity teacher now "retired " inventing products and systems to help low income families without them needing initial funding themselves. Please see the website. I would be very happy to receive suggestions as to how to improve my invention to save lives in floods We would be happy to hear from educators who might be interested in college/school projects ..generating revenue for the student and/or the college. We are writng up a "eco enterprise education" program .This for social entrepreneurs or eco friendly students.. Our program offers free webspace; free information ; free mentoring .. We hope to launch the world center for "startup-poor " in the Punjab later in the year . This will include a research team to "Package the convergence which is happening in I.T.The testing ideas platform is free to all networkers .. - a GLI Collaborator and Networker Stephen Clarke - Thare Machi Education
Using cheap reliable DVD technology in the users own language and connecting with community groups at grass roots level we are working to produce 100 audiovisual lessons in the languages of the world's poor.
Click here to see the list of lessons and languages available
Click here to see a lesson in Basic Hygiene in English - GLI Networker Syed Zahed and Dr N Sai Bhaskar Reddy - Solar Home Energy [SHE]
I Mr. Syed Zahed, am an entrepreneur in Renewable Energy Technologies, secretary, I.C.W.A (NGO) is working for the promotion of renewable energy utilization in rural areas for the past five years in both Nellore and Prakasam Districts of Andhra Pradesh, India. With the interaction of most vulnerable communities existing in different geographical locations of Nellore and Prakasam districts. I felt the need to design and develop a compact solar energy pack that can cater the needs of both cooking and lighting for the communities which are far from the fruits of technological development. I have got few contacts through web search and I am sharing my experience to guide me for a noble cause. I am associated with Dr. N. Sai Bhaskar Reddy, CEO, GEO and ICWA is a partner of GEO in the one million stoves mission. I have created a package with the combination of MAGH-I woodgas stove designed by GEO, solar lamps and tourch lights with rechargeable batteries and a solar panel called 'Solar Home Energy (SHE)' pack. - introduced by TME above - learning
Free Online Learning for All! ALISON enables anyone, anywhere, to educate themselves online for FREE. ALISON is a free learning resource of interactive multimedia certification/standards-based learning. On ALISON, all learning is free for individual learners. - introduced by GLI Collaborator and Networker Phillida Purvis - microcredit
We Let You Loan to the Working Poor - Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding - not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need. - introduced by GLI Collaborator and Networker Phillida Purvis - IT access
United Villages provides villagers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America with a digital identity and access to locally-relevant products and services using our low-cost, store-and-forward "drive-by WiFi" technology. Our Mobile Access Points (MAPs) are installed on existing vehicles (e.g. buses and motorcycles) and automatically provide access for WiFi-enabled Kiosks along the roads. Whenever a MAP is within range of a real-time wireless Internet connection, it transfers the data from and for those Kiosks. United Villages sells prepaid cards to village Kiosk Operators and local sales agents who resell the cards to users at a profit and provide a human interface for our products and services, which include:
Sending and receiving voicemails, text messages, emails, and faxes; 
Purchasing locally-unavailable products such as medicines, books, and seeds, which are delivered to Kiosks on the MAP-mounted vehicles; 
Accessing value-added services such as job searches, travel bookings, and matrimonials; 
Browsing locally-relevant websites and information caches. 
United Villages, Inc. operates a subsidiary in India and is working with partners to bring United Villages to other developing countries to bridge the digital divide through sustainable micro-enterprise. - GLI Networker Diane Clarke's project - education
We have created an online education magazine to inform parents and others about up-to-date issues in the field of education. we want to get parents and professionals together to help each other, particularly those with special needs. We have found that a number of people who either have, or care for people with such difficulties are often lost as to the routes that they should take to get assistance. the Education Bulletin has been created to show these people the way. - introduced by GLI Friend Donald Findley - microcredit
MyC4 raises capital for African entrepreneurs, and in so doing is striving to become a significant tool in the fight to end extreme poverty. In December 2006, MyC4 received a grant of DKK 5 million (EUR 670) from the Danish Aid Agency (DANIDA) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the development of the MYC4 platform. MyC4 was inspired by the Nobel Prize winner, Professor Mohammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. In line with Mohammad Yunus� idea to serve as a catalyst in the overall improvement of the socio-economic conditions for the poor who have been kept outside the banking orbit on the grounds that they are poor and hence not bankable, the vision of MyC4 is a world without poverty where everyone has the same access to knowledge, markets and capital. The goal is to create sustainable prosperity in Africa via the Internet, and the mission is to remove barriers such as excessive interest rates that keep people in poverty. MyC4 stands for something or somebody you care for. C4 is also the name of a plastic explosive - a metaphor for the potential that lies in African entrepreneurship waiting to be triggered. With MyC4 everyone has the chance to become their own Mohammad Yunus, Bono or Bob Geldof. Certificate in Interpersonal Skills - message sent to GLI
To: Global Links Initiative
This is a brief note to let you know about the free distance learning training course we are currently providing for the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors. The Certificate in Interpersonal Skills for Volunteers, run by the University of Wales, Lampeter has helped hundreds of people over the years improve their interpersonal skills.  You don't need to be a volunteer to take advantage of this course, everybody can benefit from improved interpersonal skills. At the moment the course is available free of charge for UK and EU residents who do not hold (and are not currently studying for) a degree or higher qualification. The course is part-time distance learning with no exams.  We have monthly start dates and our tutor support is second to none.  The course is fully accredited by the University of Wales and can lead to a BA Degree in Voluntary Sector Studies.
If you would like to know more then please visit our website (link above).  Phone us on 01570 424785.
Matthew Scott, The Department of Voluntary Sector Studies
University of Wales, Lampeter, College Street, Lampeter, SA48 7ED