Community-based advocacy by marginalized groups is not only possible, but also richly varied and extremely effective. Asia Catalyst believes that community based organizations (CBOs) are best positioned to conduct their own advocacy. They have a unique understanding of the circumstances in which they work and the communities they represent.
Asia Catalyst’s seminal program, the CBO Catalyst, is a capacity building program for CBO leaders from marginalized groups in Asia. Over the course of one year, a group of CBO leaders come together for capacity building workshops that merge organizational management skills with rights-based advocacy. Participants form lasting coalitions and conduct effective advocacy on their communities’ priority issues.
The CBO Catalyst runs annually and includes:
- An innovative curriculum reflecting the needs and priorities of marginalized groups working on the right to health in one country in Asia;
- A year-long series of 4 three-day workshops on sound organizational management and human rights-based advocacy for CBO leaders from one Asian country;
- Personalized support for all participants to design and implement rights-based advocacy projects on their community’s priority issues;
- Sub-grants and additional support for eligible CBOs to fully implement their developed advocacy plan;
- A fully integrated training-of-trainers program for CBO Catalyst graduates. This one year program fully immerses participants in methodology and practical application of skills as they co-facilitate the next iteration of the CBO Catalyst program with Asia Catalyst.