What we do
Tactical Tech is an international NGO helping human rights advocates use information, communications and digital technologies to maximise the impact of their advocacy work. We provide advocates with guides, tools, training and consultancy to help them develop the skills and tactics they need to increase the impact of their campaigning. We also carry out projects with various advocacy groups ranging from sex worker health and rights to HIV/AIDS access to treatment groups.
Our most recent resource produced for advocates, 10 tactics for turning information into action, is a 50 minute documentary film and deck of cards dedicated to inspiring and creating information activism. Our past toolkits and guides include:
- Message in-a-box: Tools and Tactics for communicating your cause(http://miab.tacticaltech.org)
- Mobiles in-a-box: Tools and Tactics for Mobiles Advocacy (http://mobiles.tacticaltech.org)
- Security in-a-box: Tools and Tactics for Your Digital Security
- Visualising Information for Advocacy: An Introduction to Information Design (http://www.tacticaltech.org/infodesign)
- Maps for Advocacy: An Introduction to Geographical Mapping Techniques (http://www.tacticaltech.org/mapsforadvocacy)
Tactical Tech believes that new technologies have significant potential to enhance the work of campaigners and advocates. We therefore aim to give them the tools to gather and analyse information and the means to turn that information into action. We call this Info-Activism.
Our approach consists of three key operating principles that inform everything we do:
- Macro and Micro Level Activities: On the wider, macro level, Tactical Tech strives to recognise regional trends, organising large-scale workshops and developing thematic toolkits. At the narrower, micro level, Tactical Tech engages in hands-on work with specific NGOs, drawing expertise from its wide network and tailoring solutions to meet specific needs.
- Collaboration and Consolidation of Expertise: The ability to identify expertise and bring together the right combination of people has become one of Tactical Tech's strongest assets. By emphasising the importance of peer learning and knowledge sharing, we are able to find more sustainable ways of building capacity – creating a stronger, more robust non-profit community.
- Sustainable Technology Promotion: Training and advising NGOs in technology use is our business. It is vital that we only promote tools that are accessible by the people and organisations we advise. This involves ensuring that NGOs do not get locked into solutions that bring financial difficulties.
Who we work with
Most of our projects are carried out in close collaboration with partners, usually human rights groups and local, issue-focused NGOs. These partnerships allow us to quickly adapt to new issue areas and to combine our broader experience and approach with our partners’ well grounded understanding of the issues and key actors. The scope of these partnerships depends on the length and area of engagement. Equally importantly, we have formed strategic partnerships within the nonprofit technology community. These alliances are usually formed when our goals overlap significantly with those of the partner organisations, or when we share a common style and approach. We are also supported by a variety of funders, mainly private foundations.
- Anti-Slavery International
- Centre for Internet Society, India
- Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), India
- Front line Human Rights Defenders, Ireland
- The N02ID Campaign, UK
- The Rowntree Foundation
- Internation POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
- Internews Europe, France
- Save the Children
- Twaweza, Tanzania
- World Vision
- Womens Network for Unity, Cambodia
Where we work
Tactical Tech's activities predominantly focus on Africa and Asia. We have a limited number of projects which also reach out to Central and Latin America. Very few of Tactical Tech's projects focus on one country, mainly we engage in regional or global projects. This is because we believe that it is at the 'aggregate' level, where we can add significant value. If working at a country-level we always partner with established NGO-technology practitioners and organisations, on the ground, who know the locale in-depth and can provide longer-term support.