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For African Campaigners & Activists: Top Tools & Tactics to Build People Power in the Digital Age: Feb 22

Activists protest demanding climate action and Loss and Damage reparations on the seventh day of the COP27 UN Climate Change Conference, Egypt in November 2022. Credit: Dominika Zarzycka

This online training session is for Africa-based activists and campaigners. It includes African examples and considerations and is led by a member of SMT’s Africa team, with support from colleagues from other regions.

Join this session to learn the latest ways you can deploy online tools & tactics in combination with offline organizing to engage supporters, broaden your base, raise money, pressure targets, and win campaigns. Whether you’re a complete digital novice, or advanced, make sure you aren’t missing out on key digital tools and tactics, learn what other organizers are doing to win and how to do it with limited time and money.

This will be a fast-paced overview with lots of sharing of additional resources should you want to go deeper on specific topics.


We’ll cover:


  • Components of a strong online/offline campaign strategy, including strategy and plan templates
  • An introduction to the implications of movement ecology and phases, power mapping, and escalation for building people power
  • The roles of storytelling and public narrative, and resources to support your development of strong campaign narratives
  • Being ready for trigger events, including workflows and online tool combinations that groups are finding useful to activate large numbers of people quickly, including in distributed action
  • Examples of the role of humor and joy in online and offline tactics, and especially examples of creating dilemma situations for targets, where you win no matter how they respond
  • Special attention to organizing under authoritarian regimes


  • How to measure online and offline power, going beyond vanity metrics, and how to implement this across your organization so it works


  • Got a list of supporters that aren’t really active? We’ll talk about building a vibrant activist pipeline and integrating mobile messaging.
  • Spending time posting but not seeing much result? The 3 mistakes that many groups make with their posting approach on social media, and what we recommend instead. What social media channel to use for who and what (including Twitter alternatives) and using hashtag hijacking on any channel
  • The mistakes many groups are making with Facebook ads, and what we recommend instead
  • Video still an expensive small part of your content? Recommendations for how to turn that around
  • What to do if your emails are sucking up time and not producing results, including the key pointers for the list curation everyone should do once a year
  • Managing your work on email or spreadsheets? It’s time for a campaign management tool. 
  • Struggling with fundraising? Overly reliant on foundation money? How to make sure you’re set up for effective fundraising from your base: tools, online ad recommendations, workflow and templates
  • Know you should be doing more for digital security? Most groups make a few easily avoidable mistakes on implementation. Digital security recommendations with a special focus on the top 5 things to do and how to ease implementation  across your team or activist network


  • Recommended tech stacks (tool combinations) for all-volunteer groups or movements with no budget, to larger staffed organizations with more resources. We’ll also mention some commonly used tools that should be avoided and suggest solid alternatives.

February 22, 90-minutes. Instruction in English, with interpretation based on demand. Find your time zone.



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