Church and community mobilisation (CCM) advocacy

Tearfund has been implementing the church and community mobilisation (CCM) process for more than 15 years in at least 25 countries. Through CCM, churches inspire and empower citizens to identify needs in their community and to mobilise their own resources to address them. 

In a handful of countries, Tearfund’s church partners have undertaken pilot programmes to introduce advocacy into the CCM process – an approach now known as CCM advocacy. Watch this short film we have produced to see what CCM advocacy looks like in in Uganda and Bolivia.

Through CCM advocacy, local churches mobilise their communities to influence the decisions, policies and practices of powerful local decision-makers, with the aim of bringing about good governance, using social accountability tools. The empowered communities engage in local-level advocacy on issues they have identified. They draw down local government resources, hold local government officials accountable and gain access to the essential services they need.  

Here is a longer version for training purposes that gives more detail about the process of CCM advocacy.

  • For in-depth evidence of the impact and potential of CCM advocacy, please read our research report, Bridging the gap (PDF 918 KB). This report is based on findings from our partner Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG) in Uganda. It was written in conjunction with the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University, with funding from Making All Voices Count. 
  • You can also read a short visual summary (PDF 332 KB) of the Bridging the gap report. 
  • For step-by-step guidance about how to integrate advocacy into CCM, please see our CCM advocacy guide - English (PDF 468 KB), French (PDF 439 KB), Spanish (PDF 436 KB), Portuguese (PDF 443 KB). 
  • You can also follow the steps to the CCM advocacy process in our training film, designed to accompany the guide, and available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • To read a short reflection about CCM advocacy, see our TILZ blog post.
  • For a short piece on feeding back to the community in Uganda about the CCM advocacy research, and a community screening of the film, see here.
  • To read about our partner Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG)'s peer exchange visit between Bolivia and Uganda to share learning on CCM advocacy, see here.
  • To read a blog post from Making All Voices Count on our UK parliamentary launch of the research, see here.
  • For our blog about the research published on the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) Knowledge Platform, see here.
  • Duncan Green, from UK charity Oxfam, has also featured the research in his blog 'From Poverty to Power' here.
  • For the practice paper about the research process, co-authored with the Institute of Development Studies, see here.
  • Our CCM advocacy work in Bolivia was also featured as a photostory in UK national newspaper, The Guardian.
  • For case studies about CCM advocacy, please search our advocacy case studies database.