Narrative Toolkit

Narrative Toolkit


Improving the well-being of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people matters. Doing so in the context of securing and respecting women’s rights and human rights, promoting social justice and ensuring the environmental health of the planet matters.



This online resource was developed by and for communicators involved in international development and humanitarian assistance organizations in Canada. Public Engagement officers and fundraisers will also find it useful.

The toolkit is meant to be an evolving resource, a “work in progress” where we will add new information, tools and tips on a regular basis.



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Partnerships in Practice – The Political Economy of Research Partnerships in International Development in Canada

Academic research institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs) across Canada are motivated to collaborate on research partnerships as a way to produce rigorous research, improve practice in the field, and shape evidence-based international development policy. But how do we ensure such partnerships remain fair, equitable, and effective? This summary report shares the initial findings from a multiple-case study of seven research partnerships across Canada that examines the power dynamics, and the political and economic contexts that affect how partners structure—and make meaning of—collaboration.

Partnerships in Practice



Reaching for the Summit: Sustainable Development and Civil Society at the 2018 G7

This brief summarizes the outcomes of the 2018 G7 Leaders’ Summit and associated ministerial and sectoral meetings from the perspective of civil society, particularly as relevant to organizations engaged in global development and humanitarian programming. It identifies areas of progress and inaction, including relative to civil society recommendations. After outlining and analyzing general outcomes at the Leaders’ Summit and Development Ministerial, the brief assesses the G7’s specific engagement on gender equality, education, climate and environment, and engaging civil society.

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Training Manual – Implementing a Human Rights -Based Approach (CCIC and Equitas)

Training Manual – Implementing a Human Rights -Based Approach (CCIC and Equitas)

This manual was adapted from Integrating HRBA and Equitable Partnerships into Development Programming: Operationalizing the Istanbul Principles.


It provides all the resources you need to run a workshop on integrating a human rights-based approach (HRBA) into your programming.


By the end of the training participants should be able to:

  1. better integrate the elements of HRBA into the programs and projects of their organizations;
  2. share knowledge with peers and partners on how to integrate a HRBA .




 Click on image for the  HRBA Guide (PDF)

Here are the accompanying PowerPoints to the HRBA manual. The first one is an overview of the International human rights system, and second one is on the Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA).

Click here for overview of the International human rights system Powerpoint (PDF)

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Click here for Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) powerpoint (PDF)

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Shaping the future: a new vision for civil society and the G7

Shaping the future: a new vision for civil society and the G7

The summary of the Civil Society Group of 7 (C7) meeting includes benchmarks to help foster a new productive and meaningful relationship between civil society and the G7, more specifically through:


1. Long-term continuity of, and progress on, process and substance

2. Commitment to consistent high-level political and bureaucratic dialogue and engagement.

3. Fostering inclusive and diverse spaces for engaging different perspectives and ideas.

4. Transparency and accountability of information and process, and open communication.



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