CBO Resources

Asia Catalyst specializes in resource and curriculum development for community based organizations (CBOs). All of our training materials are available for free download, with full manuals on the first tab and individualized worksheets and templates on the second tab below. We strive to deliver materials in the languages that our partners in Asia speak.

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Full Manuals

Asia Catalyst created Know It, Prove It, Change It: A Rights Curriculum for Grassroots Groups, in collaboration with Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group (TTAG) and Dongjen Center for Human Rights Education and Action. The curriculum was designed to help CBOs in communities affected by HIV/AIDS to understand their human rights, to document human rights abuses, and to design and implement rights-based advocacy campaigns. Each book includes a trainers manual, which describes the steps to take; and a Trainers Supplement, which provides lesson plans, sample exercises, and templates to use in a training or workshop.

The Practical Field Guide for Community Based Human Rights Documentation is a companion guide to Asia Catalyst’s Know It, Prove It, Change It: A Rights Curriculum for Grassroots Groups. This shorter guide details the essentials CBOs need to run a documentation project in the field.

Nonprofit Survival Guide leads CBOs through the fundamental components of strong organizational management at the grassroots level.

Know It: The Rights Framework

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Know It: The Rights Framework discusses international human rights law and how it applies to people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalized communities. Available in English, Chinese, and Thai.

Prove It: Documenting Rights Abuses

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Prove It: Documenting Rights Abuses explains how to plan and conduct rights research. Available in English, Chinese, and Thai.

Prove It: Trainer’s Supplement

Prove It: Documenting Rights Abuses also has a Trainer’s Supplement, originally printed separate from the manual. The supplement provides exercises and lesson plans for community trainers to use in workshops. In Know It and Change It, the supplement is included in the same PDF. Prove It:Trainer’s Supplement is available in English, Chinese , and Thai.

Change It: Ending Rights Abuses

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Change It: Ending Rights Abuses shows how to plan and conduct local, national, and international advocacy based on the research. Available in English, Chinese, Thai, and Burmese.


The Practical Field Guide For Community Based Human Rights Documentation

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This Guide details lessons learned from Asia Catalyst’s Regional Rights Training 2016, which worked with eight community-based organizations from four countries to document systematic violations of human rights in healthcare settings. Available in EnglishChineseBurmeseVietnamese, and Khmer

Nonprofit Survival Guide

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Asia Catalyst’s Nonprofit Survival Guide is tailored to suit the needs of Asian CBOs, and is available in Chinese and English. Use the guide to develop basic skills in strategic planning, volunteer and staff management management, and financial management.

Menu of Resources

Asia Catalyst has produced a series of handouts and accompanying templates that will help you with different aspects of CBO and NGO management and programming. You can use each of these handouts alone if you have specific needs, or all together to maximize the effectiveness of your organization.

Screen Shot 2015-06-04 at 12.10.00 PMSound financial management is a vital building block to a strong organization. Having a good grasp of your finances will allow you to see whether you have the resources to complete your projects.

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Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 4.47.17 PMStrategic planning is key to the success of any nongovernmental organization (NGO). Strategic planning involves discussion about your vision, mapping the field and your projects, as well as laying out your goals and how you plan to get there. Use Asia Catalyst’s HOW TO handouts, along with the accompanying templates, to master strategic planning for your organization.


Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 5.06.49 PMYour organization is only as strong as its volunteers and staff! Learning how to manage them and work together as a team will strengthen your organization and make your programs better. A well-managed volunteer program enables volunteers to feel successful and enhances your organizations reputation. Use Asia Catalyst’s HOW TO handouts for volunteer and staff management, along with the accompanying templates, to master volunteer and staff management for your organization.