Effective NPO Networking

Networking has become the new buzzword in the nonprofit sector. Ask anyone and they will tell you that they are serious about networking. Donors also demand it to avoid duplication and maximise the sharing of scarce resources. All sorts of forums have mushroomed lately to promote networking and build partnerships.

Community Mobilisation Manual (Advocacy Expert Series).

According to the guide, community participation does not happen by itself. It must be stimulated, encouraged, and facilitated. This book is addressed to those who are seeking tools, ideas, and approaches to facilitate the mobilisation of communities around a cause. This “how-to” book is intended for community mobilisers in Tanzania who want to stimulate social change in a community to work towards poverty eradication, good governance, and increased transparency. The manual identifies key steps in the community mobilisation process; it also stresses the role and responsibility of the community leader or coordinator of an activity, community networks, and other civil society groups, including groups of local citizens. It contains information about preparing to mobilise, including knowing your goals and your target. It discusses recognising, articulating, and assessing the problem. It further explores accessing support, and provides information about some additional resources.

Coordinating with communities. Guidelines on the involvement of the community sector in the coordination of national AIDS responses (2007) International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

These guidelines aim to strengthen the active and meaningful involvement of the community sector in the development, implementation and monitoring of coordinated national AIDS responses. The guidelines provide practical options – including standards, structures, processes and methods – from which stakeholders can select those most appropriate and useful to their own contexts. Download PDFs:

Networking Toolkit based on the CINDI Networking Model.

May 2007 (CINDI Starting a journey together as a network can be a rewarding experience. Together you can reach places you would never reach by yourself. Networking is a way of sharing resources and building one another up. Being part of a network journey can also help you to grow as a person and as an organisation, and can help you to feel less alone as you work in the demanding fields of HIV and AIDS or development. This Toolkit hopes to inspire people to work together more effectively. It aims to give you some practical tools for starting your own network. 

Networking: Getting Started (Foundation for Human Rights)

Basic information about Networking online. Available here:

– Networking : What
– Networking : Why
– Networking: How