How the toolkit was developed

A participatory action-research approach was adopted in the research and design of the Toolkit based on consultations with civil society leaders, emphasising the active contributions of all participants in presenting accounts of actions, shared critical reflection on these and co-creation of knowledge from experience.

The project employed a qualitative approach, using questionnaires and consultations to develop findings which formed the basis for the Toolkit. Questionnaires to 35 selected civil society organisations developed initial findings which were explored further in consultations with a group of 18 organisations (listed below) through skype conversations and questionnaires.

Forus PlatformsGNDR and other PlatformsCountry
VANIUDYAMAIndia

PREDESPeru
ASONOG
Honduras
CCONGFAColombia
UNNGOFDENIVAUganda
NFNNSETNepal
CCOAIB
Rwanda
CCODCDHDCongo

PDAPBangladesh

NAHAB Bangladesh
FECONGAFADMali

Selected country contexts were used as a basis for drawing on conversations with participants in those countries and complementary research data to produce five case studies depicting CSO Platform experiences in relation to intensive and everyday disasters.

The detailed findings from this work formed the basis of developing the eight principal sections of the Toolkit. It is therefore deeply rooted in practitioner expertise and experience.