Campaigning hub

Campaigning is a crucial part of a vibrant and healthy civil society. Our campaigning hub showcases examples of innovative and exciting campaigns to inspire ideas and share learning. It also brings together the most useful campaigning resources to support those wanting to influence policy and campaign for change, and the latest campaigning news and views.

The hub helps our members to design and deliver campaigns that are effective and inclusive, and provides a forum for collaboration and the sharing of best practice.

 

Campaigning news and views

Two Guatemalan women walking back to the village to bring the wood collected to cook dinner for the family.
Research from the Aid Attitude Tracker tracks public engagement towards global poverty. Overall, there has been a steady decline in participation. To sustain the UK’s role on global poverty, we need to be aware of trends and develop a new approach.
15 November 2016
People walking quickly
Find out more about our party conference events this year, which will focus on the future of international development post Brexit.
13 September 2016
The word reflect made out of bunting
Being a campaigner is hard work: the challenges are big and the world is changing apace. Alice shares her thoughts on how campaigners can avoid a burnout.
11 August 2016

Campaigning case studies

Innovative fundraising campaign helps restore blind people’s sight

Sightsavers broadcast live cataract surgery on social media to kickstart its largest ever fundraising campaign.
2 December 2016
Racing car test drive

Road-testing the Narrative Project

The New Venture Fund worked with 10 organisations to road-test the Narrative Project approach. The goal was to learn from organisations' experiences of integrating the Narrative Project messaging approach into their communications work.
 family beside a damaged house near Naglebhare, Nepal

SafeSchools: Nepal

This virtual reality documentary is part of Theirworld's #SafeSchool campaign, which highlights the tragic consequences for children whose education is neglected in the aftermath of an emergency.

Campaigning resources

Jenny Ross introduces the four simple questions that could transform your advocacy strategy and increase your impact.
Friends of the Earth campaigners in Paris
Friends of the Earth have put together an extensive online bank of resources to help with local campaigning on a variety of issues, from environmental justice to sustainable waste management.
Amani*, aged 24, is a teacher from Syria.
Giving What We Can has compiled a myth-busting list of facts to help separate fiction from reality.

Campaigning in brief

Number crunching Parliament petitions

MPs will later debate two petitions about the state visit of US President Donald Trump, but what do online polls and their signatories say about the UK?

BBC 20 February 2017

"This is not a public service announcement"

Sho Konno from Restless Development blogs on what "communications for development" should mean in light of recent media attacks.

"This is not a public service announcement" 20 January 2017

SMK Campaigner Survey

The results from the first annual SMK Campaigner Survey make for interesting reading: 90% of respondents feel campaigning is under threat, and 1 in 5 say that their organisations are now campaigning less.

Sheila McKechnie Foundation 1 December 2016

Campaigning events and courses

Megaphone and the words speak up on a banner

Developing an advocacy strategy

This course showcases the role that effective advocacy and campaigns can play in influencing change. It will take you through the process of developing an advocacy strategy and how to make choices about the appropriate approach for your organisation.
27 March 2017
Water droplet making a splash

How change happens: demonstrating the impact of your advocacy

This course will support experienced campaigns and advocacy specialists to improve the strategic clarity and effectiveness of their work.
5 July 2017
European Parliament glass building in Brussels

EU corridors of power

This course explains how decisions are made in the European Union and highlights where NGOs can have the greatest influence in the process.