The International Tibet Network believes that the global Tibet campaign movement is most effective when its members work together in a coordinated way. To this end, the Network’s Secretariat arranges regular Regional Meetings for its member organisations in order for groups to skill-share and engage in detailed strategic planning.
The Network also has two Regional Coordinators, in Asia and in Latin America, who are responsible for building the regional network and assisting Members in finding appropriate regional strategies for implementing global campaigns. They provide support and advice, especially to newly formed groups.
The current priority for the Tibet movement is to “Put Tibetans in Tibet First” and highlight their continued resistance to China’s rule. This resistance takes many forms; from self-immolations to mass public protests – such as the Uprisings in 2008, which resulted in a huge increase in the numbers of political prisoners, to more subtle “cultural resistance”, which emphasizes and celebrates the Tibetan national identity in music, writings and poetry.
The International Tibet Network develops coordinated campaign strategies in a variety of ways, including forming Campaign Working Groups made up of representatives of member organisations, appointing specially chosen Task Forces or working through Campaign Coordinators.
The International Tibet Network aims to increase the capacity of the movement by helping its member organisations build their resources and increase the skill-base of their campaigners. The Capacity Building programme includes regular training — often in conjunction with Regional Meetings — and a small grant scheme for members to undertake capacity building or specific campaign projects.