Manuals / Toolkits


Developments for NGOs (2018)

A guide produced by the Cyprus NGO Initiative and Civil Society Advocates, outlining the developments in setting up and managing an NGO according to the new Law, ‘About associations and foundations and other related issues Law of 2017, L. 104(I)/2017’ .


Advocacy Toolkit

Guidance on how to advocate for a more enabling environment for civil society in your context.


Development Education in Theory and Practice – An Educator’s Resource
This publication provides a new teaching resource for academics and educators active in the field of development education and related disciplines. It covers twelve themes, each chapter includes both a conceptual overview and teaching methodology section. The conceptual overview introduces the topics, explores the key concepts, theories and current debats. The teaching methodology section offers educators a set of tools that could help them introduce the topic in both formal and non-formal settings.


The European Union & Youth 
This manual seeks to provide young people in Cyprus with basic but vital information in regards to the European Union. It gathers information from various sources and EU institutions and it constitutes a simplified guide for local youth.
It lays outs the values on which the EU was formed and it refers to key moments in the history of the EU. Also, it highlights the ways a citizens can actively participate in the decision-making process at the EU level to influence EU policies. Most importantly, it presents the opportunities young people have in terms of scholarships, trainings, employment, etc.
The manual was produced by the NGO Support Centre as part of its project “YEAH – Young Europeans at Heart” in 2014.
You can also find the manual in Greek here

So you want to set up an NGO?
This manual outlines the requirements that need to be completed in order to officially register an organisation in Cyprus. It aims at providing some basic information in order to gain a deeper understanding of what the term ‘Non-Governmental Organisation’ actually means and help clarify the registration process step by step.
The manual was published by the NGO Support Centre in 2013 and it was an initiative of the project “ENGAGE – Do Your Part for Peace”.
You can also find the manual in Greek here.


Compasito – Manual on human rights education for children (in Greek)
Compasito, a publication of the Council of Europe, is a starting point for educators, teachers and trainers who are ready to deal with human rights education with children of 7-13 years. The book familiarizes the reader with the key concepts of human rights and children’s rights, and provides substantial theoretical background to 13 key human rights issues, such as democracy, citizenship, gender equality, environment, media, poverty, and violence.
The 42 practical activities serve to engage and motivate children to recognise human rights issues in their own environment. They help children to develop critical thinking, responsibility and a sense of justice, and help them learn how to take action to contribute to the betterment of their school or community. The manual also gives practical tips on how it can be used in various formal and non-formal educational settings.
The NGO Support Centre, in co-operation with “Hope for Children – UNHCR Policy Centre”, translated and published the manual in Greek in 2012.
If you are interested to purchase your own copy, please contact us.


DIVA: A Handbook for Civil Society Organisations
The manual focuses on the topics of diversity and volunteerism and offers ideas on ways to get involved.
This booklet was produced by the NGO Support Centre and the Cyprus Turkish Association of Managers within the scope of the project “Celebrating Diversity and Volunteerism across Cyprus”, in 2011.


CCSSP Toolkit on Strategic Thiking and Planning in Civil Society Organizations 

This toolkit presents and defines different ways of thinking creatively and strategically, presenting different approaches, models and tools in strategic planning.



CCSSP Toolkit on Social Marketing for NGOs: Marketing the cause

A guidebook on how NGOs can use Social Marketing as a tool to present their cause to their target audience in a way that generates the desired, measurable response.


CCSSP Toolkit on Project Management

This toolkit seeks to enhance readers’ understanding and skills in Project Cycle Management concepts and strengthen their skills in applying participatory methods to project/programme management.


CCSSP Toolkit on Networking and Relationship Building for CSOs

This toolkit presents the importance of working together within the Cypriot context along with potential benefits and limitations and reviews different types and models of partnerships, including social partnerships.


CCSSP Toolkit on Monitoring and Evaluation

This toolkit discusses the purpose and importance of monitoring and evaluation and how to differentiate the two, presenting also various tools that can be used as part of the monitoring and evaluation process.


CCSSP Toolkit on Managing Staff and Volunteers

This toolkit provides an overview on the strategic approach to recruiting and managing volunteers and staff along with good practices in people management.