Advocacy Study Pack by Andy Atkins and Graham Gordon

This is a comprehensive and practical introduction to advocacy work with plenty of ideas, examples and case studies from Tearfund partners around the world. It is available free of charge for those wishing to increase their involvement in advocacy from the address below.

Tearfund also have a number of briefing papers and guidelines available on subjects such as trade, the environment, water, corruption, debt and arms.

Public Policy Administrator, Tearfund, 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE, UK.

Getting people thinking: ideas from Christian Outreach in their ABCD programme, Cambodia

This is the latest pamphlet in the Tearfund Case Study series. It looks at ways of stimulating clear and confident thinking and provides insights into the keys to a programme’s success.

Available from the TRT Administrator at Tearfund (address above).

Children’s Health in Emergencies: Practical guidelines for health workers

Today, health workers anywhere could face a major emergency at some time during their career. They need to be able to respond promptly and appropriately to an emergency situation. Meeting the basic needs of large numbers of displaced people with food, water and shelter is usually the main priority, but information is important too. Health workers need to know what they can do in the early stages of an emergency, how management and prevention of childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and malaria differ in emergency situations and how they can work with communities and other organisations.

This publication from Healthlink Worldwide focuses on improving children’s health in emergency situations. It provides practical information about:

  • priority actions in emergency situations
  • prevention and management of common illnesses
  • identifying and treating malnourished children
  • working with children suffering psychological, social and emotional problems
  • working with communities and other organisations to improve the environment.

The booklet is available in English and Portuguese. Single copies are free to small organisations in developing countries. For further information contact:

Coral Jepson, Healthlink Worldwide, Cityside, 40 Adler Street, London, 1E 1EE, UK. Fax: +44 20 7539 1580

From the Roots Up by Peter Gubbels and Catheryn Koss

This is a practical new field guide from World Neighbours, designed to help grassroots NGOs and community groups to recognise their own potential, identify key issues and decide for themselves what actions to take. It has 184 pages with useful information and exercises on self-assessment for NGOs and community groups involved in planning workshops, fieldwork, working with facilitators and writing reports. The guide includes 49 participatory exercises to use with local NGO and community group members.

For more information or to order, contact:

World Neighbours, 4127 NW 122nd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73120-8869, USA. Fax: +405 752 9393 E-mail:

Tecnologia e Treinamento Agropecuario

This bimonthly magazine is produced by the Centro de Produções Técnicas in Brazil and distributed free of charge. It contains articles on a range of issues including organic farming, micro enterprise, health, the environment, solar energy and beekeeping. It features a wide range of videos and books in Portuguese on all kinds of subjects. It is available only in Portuguese. Contact:

CPT – Centro de Produções Técnicas, Rua José de Almeida Ramos, 37, Bairro Ramos, CP 01, CEP 36570-000, Viçosa, MG, Brazil. Fax: +31 891 8080 E-mail:

Water for the World

The entire USAID library of 160 technical documents called Water for the World is now available on the website of Lifewater International. This provides an extensive set of instructions on water resource management and would prove very helpful to water engineers.


Comics with Attitude

A guide to the use of comics in development information By Leif Packalen and Frank Odoi

Almost any new issue or idea can be turned into a story – which again can be made into a comic. Comics are cheap to produce and most people enjoy reading them. Development organisations with ‘something to say’ should consider using comics. Comics are often seen as ‘something for children’, but adults also enjoy reading them – especially if humour is mixed in with fact. They can be a useful way of tackling sensitive issues such as HIV/AIDS. Drawing skills are needed but they are not the most important consideration. First there needs to be a good story line and the drawing skills just need to be adequate to get the message over.

This book contains practical information about how to target and produce comics and is full of examples of development comics from around the world. It is available free of charge for readers in Third World countries from:

The Information Unit DIDC PO Box 127 00160 Helsinki Finland Fax: +358 9 1341 6375 E-mail: It is also available on-line at:

Como defender y promover la justicia

This practical guide is a lively adaptation of Tearfund’s Advocacy Study Pack in Spanish. It contains a number of cartoons and practical examples to encourage and advise individuals and organisations seeking to become involved in advocacy. The guide is available in Spanish from:

Asociacion Paz y Esperanza, Proyecto Advocacy, Apartado Postal 181257, Miraflores, Lima 18, Peru. Fax: +511 4615289

Probados por Fuego

This challenging book is a collection of testimonies from prisoners unjustly imprisoned in Peru and of all they learned about their Christian faith. Like the guide above, this is only available in Spanish from the address above.

Useful newsletters


Spore is a bi-monthly newsletter providing information about agricultural development which always includes many useful resources and contacts. It is available free of charge in English, French and Portuguese for organisations and individuals involved in agricultural development. Write to:

Spore – CTA, Postbus 380, 6700 AJ Wageningen, The Netherlands Fax +31 317 460067 E-mail



The organisation INTRAC (The International NGO Training and Research Centre) produce a newsletter for development workers and NGOs which looks at practical topics related to NGO trends and management and includes the regular feature Capacity Building News. It is available in English and Portuguese. Write to:

Julie Gale, INTRAC, PO Box 563, Oxford, OX2 6RZ, UK E-mail: