Alternative Links is a registered non-profit charity, based in London, UK. Our research and publications are intended as training tools to help connect and build the capacities of local movements and NGOs that promote democracy, gender equity and economic empowerment of under-privileged groups, with a particular focus on women. 

Meet our Members

As a non-profit Alternative Links is directed by a collective board, who have been active in advocacy, research and language education for over 20 years.


English Language Training

In our global village the English language has become a major means of establishing international contact. Thus, many of us invest our time and energy to learn English. Reading simplified books in areas of our interest is an effective way of improving our vocabulary and our ability to communicate in that field. At the request of many women we've come into contact with during our years of teachings, we have taken up the task of developing simple, clear and accessible materials to build English language skills generally, but which also provide a background in the history, literature and feminist philosophy of gender issues in the global south, particularly from South Asia and the Middle East.


Research for Action: Women's Coops in Iran

One of the major problems women still face inside Iran, particularly in rural areas, is not having an income of their own, or being able to put their skills and interests to use on projects for their own welfare. While the government has a Ministry of Coops, and various non-profit alternative livelihood organizations exist, these institutions often do not either recognize or accommodate the particular barriers that women face in accessing resources or taking autonomous action particularly when it relates to borrowing money or registering a coop. This research was undertaken to shed light on the acute nature of such problems faced particularly by low-income women seeking to set up cooperatives, including challenges faced and strategies employed when dealing with: - government institutions, including the Ministry of Coops, and banks to apply for financial assistance or loans; - social attitudes and practices, including within the sphere of the family and the community; and - learning to develop business and marketing skills in order to sell goods. The report is available in Farsi.


Sister Organizations

Part of our aim is to connect grassroots organizations and movements, to facilitate the sharing of information, strategies and experiences across the global south. The organizations and networks listed here connect women from diverse regions, and have a wealth of training tools in areas of leadership development, legal advocacy, ICTs, economic empowerment, and more.


ICT Tools and Tips

The Internet offers a variety of inexpensive resources that can be utilized by non-profits. We’ve listed some of the tools we used in developing this site, as well as tips on other free or inexpensive services which can help strengthen your group’s administration and communications. An added benefit of making use of information communication technologies (ICTs) is being able to increase awareness of your programs to a large, diverse, and international audience, and to keep in touch with like-minded people across the globe.