We provide one-on-one coaching in organizational management, documentation and advocacy to small grassroots groups working on health rights. We focus especially on groups from marginalized communities, such as sex workers, drug users, LGBTQ people, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Much of our work has focused on grassroots groups in the Peoples Republic of China, and we have also worked with groups in Korea, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma).
Our approach uses tools we have honed in the field with input from our partners. We help each group to develop simple and clear strategic plans, project timelines, budgets, and volunteer management systems that fit their unique context. Once this foundation is established, we may also assist groups to develop rights documentation and advocacy projects, working on such issues as discrimination, criminalization and access to health services. We train groups to engage effectively with local officials, international donors, and the UN, and to participate in international meetings.
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Nonprofit Survival Skills
Our Nonprofit Survival Skills section offers a short guide (in English and Chinese) with downloadable PDFs of all the tools we use in the field to build skills in strategic planning, budgeting, and volunteer management. You can also use Know It, Prove It, Change It: A Rights Curriculum for Grassroots Groups to train yourself and your community in rights documentation and advocacy (available in English, Thai and Chinese).
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Advocacy and Research
Asia Catalyst works with local groups to build their capacity to advocate for their legal rights.
Our reports draw on individual testimony to document legal rights issues that affect our partners. We use international experience and legal analysis to make policy and law reform recommendations.
We also work with the UN, international NGOs, and international donors to promote policies that are based on evidence and on international legal standards.
See our full list of reports here.
China's Blood Disaster: The Way Forward, a joint report from Korekata AIDS Law Center and Asia Catalyst, released in March 2012.
AIDS Blood Scandals: What China Can Learn From the World's Mistakes, an Asia Catalyst report released in September 2007.