Disability Awareness in Action Resource Kit No. 4, Organisation Building

DAA's Organisation Building Resource Kit looks at how organisations of disabled people can improve their structures and the way they work. nternet publication URLs: www.independentliving.org/docs2/daakit41.html and www.independentliving.org/docs2/daa4.pdf

Organisation Building


Published by
Disability Awareness in Action
11 Belgrave Road, London SWIV IRB, United Kingdom
Company Limited by Guarantee and Incorporated in England. Registered No.2587833 Registered Charity No.1002155
ISBN 1 898037 01 9
DAA is funded through the generosity of the British and Canadian governments, ICCO, the Platinum Trust and Charity Projects.
The Independent Living Institute expreses thanks to Disability Awareness in Action for the permission to reprint this manual on its website.

Download the "Organisation Building Kit" as a PDF file (135 KB)



Development Action Plan



  1. Progress of a Social Movement
  2. Starting an Organisation
  3. Deciding Aims
  4. Policies
  5. Principles for Equality & Growth
  6. Membership
  7. Structure & Accountability
Skills and Strategies


  1. What is Development?
  2. Success Stories
  3. Defining Development Needs
  4. Drawing Up an Action Plan
  5. Development Workers
  6. Training
  7. Leadership Training
  8. Holding Meetings
  9. Equipment & Facilities
  10. Workshops & Seminars
  11. Commitment & Motivation
  12. Information & Communication
  13. Draft Project Proposal
  14. Income Generation
  15. Financial Management
  16. Equal Opportunities
  17. Evaluation
Facts and Figures


  1. About DAA
  2. Addresses
  3. Publications
  4. Words
All over the world, disabled persons have started to unite in organisations as advocates for their own rights to influence decision-makers in governments and all sectors of society. The role of these organisations includes providing a voice of their own, identifying needs, expressing views on priorities, evaluating services and advocating change and public awareness. As a vehicle of self-development, these organisations provide the opportunity to develop skills in the negotiation process, organisational abilities, mutual support, information-sharing and often vocational skills and opportunities. In view of their vital importance in the process of participation, it is imperative that their development should be encouraged." (WPA/28)

    From the United Nations World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons