ICSW 2016 PARTNER EVENTS
ENABLING ENVIRONMENT: Protecting The Right To Come Together, Take Action And Speak Out, While Acknowledging Our Responsibilities And Enhancing Our Effectiveness
This track will discuss strategies to:
- Promote the role of civil society in development processes, recognizing its value and learning from successful tactics to make its voice and inputs heard.
- Collectively build enabling environments with legal, institutional and financial conditions that favor civil society’s participation, sustainability and the durability of its actions.
- Promote scenarios of plural participation and respectful dialogue to enhance the legitimacy of civil society.
HOW ENABLING IS YOUR CIVIL SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT? WORKSHOP WITH FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS
Participate in this interactive ACT Alliance workshop to self-assess how enabling the environment is for civil society in your country. What are yours and other civil society organisations’ challenges and experiences? The ACT Alliance will share examples from case studies carried out in some countries. Following that self-assessment, a further analysis will be carried out taking the responsibility of States and the international community into account.
WHY ARE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS CRUCIAL?
Discussion among 4/5 Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) with a Q&A at the end on the contribution HRDs make to society. Who are they? What do they do? What risks to they Face? Why are they crucial? Do we need a “new" narrative 18 years after the Declaration on HRDs was adopted and on the wake of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to re-legitimise, reinforce and protect HRDs?
This event will discuss the current trends in global protest. It will give an overview of the current legal barriers to the right to protest, the triggers of protests around the globe as well as some practical examples of peaceful protest. The event will also look at government reactions to protest and how protest can be transformed into something that has more sustained democratic impact. The take away from the event will be practical tools to give participants the means to access the right to protest as well as valuable lessons that can be applied in participants own context.
ANTITERRORISM LAWS IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH AND THE FINANCE ACTION TASK FORCE (FATF) INFLUENCE
In the context of growing pressure for civil society, we would like to discuss the role of a little-known intergovernmental body, FATF, in the making of antiterrorism laws. Despite not being a regulation body, its recommendations have heavily influenced countries in both North and South to implement the anti-money laundering measures and counter financing of terrorism its suggests. We are interested in grasping how this has influenced the new wave of antiterrorism laws and how this is affecting, in particular, social movements and not-for-profit organizations.
GLOBAL STANDARD FOR CSO ACCOUNTABILITY
In the face of increasing pressure to prove “good CSO accountability” in a rapidly changing environment, what are the core elements that we can all agree on? And, with increasing government intervention, eroding public trust and ever more demands on our time, how can a Global Standard of good accountability make our work easier and increase its effectiveness and efficiency? This participatory session addresses key questions from our Global Standard Project Partners’ perspective, providing space for you to contribute your thoughts, observations and ideas.
PROMOTING CIVIC SPACE THROUGH OPEN GOVERNMENT: TACTICS AND TOOLS (KNOWLEDGE CAFÉ)
Open Government Partnership provides a unique platform and set of tools for advocacy, to get governments to commit to concrete open government reforms, while consequently strengthening civic space. The Knowledge Café will showcase a wide range of tools that civil society can use to push for greater participation and government accountability, and in conjunction expand civic space. The deep dive will focus on practical approaches for civil society to use these tools for their own campaigns. In addition, the Café will invite feedback on how the OGP can support civil society efforts in different countries.
THE CIVIC SPACE MONITOR: TOWARDS TRACKING SHRINKING CIVIC SPACE IN REAL TIME
The next generation of CIVICUS research tools aim to offer continuous and up-to-date assessment of civic space. The Civic Space Monitor, a web platform due to be launched in September 2016, combines eight streams of data on civic space to provide a comparative yet context-specific measurement of civic space for every country in the world. During ICSW, our discussion panel event on the Civic Space Monitor will be divided in two parts:
- A presentation of the Civic Space Monitor (CSM) and Civic Pulse methodology to a broader civil society audience in order to create awareness about the new tool.
- As these tools are based upon the principles of inclusiveness and flexibility, an external panel of different civil society actors including a journalist, human rights defender, LGBTI activist and government representative will discuss the potential impact of the CSM and how this kind of information would be useful for civil society
CITIZEN VOICES IN RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENTS: FROM ART TO ACTION
The objective of the workshop is for participants to learn applicable strategies for using art to build campaign solidarity and motivate change on human rights and democracy. First, the workshop panellists will share best-practices by detailing illustrative case studies in which they have engaged art in campaigns as a creative strategy to encourage and enable citizens to speak out against an issue. Responding to the case studies, participants will discuss how the campaigns have used and can successfully use the arts to enhance citizen participation. Participants can consult the Beyond the Usual Suspects Workshop Report from the World Movement’s Eighth Global Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. Finally, the participants will break into groups to delve deeper into aspects of the engagement of art in campaigns and learn more about how they can adopt these lessons and strategies in their own work.
RE-THINKING THE RESOURCING OF CIVIL SOCIETY: LOCAL PHILANTHROPY’S ROLE IN SUPPORTING CITIZEN ACTION
This will be the first of three global conversations (including the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy in Johannesburg, November 2016, and the WINGS Forum in Mexico City, March 2017) aimed at strengthening the links between Southern philanthropy and non-profits, so that they are better able to develop effective and coordinated approaches to protecting civic space and increasing local support for civil society. The event will bring together thought leaders from civil society and philanthropy, with a particular emphasis on community philanthropy, which emphasizes local giving and civic participation. The intention is to reduce barriers around local support for civil society and to transform local CSO accountability so that it focuses on local people as the primary constituency.
PROTECTING ANTI-CORRUPTION ACTIVISTS AS FRONTLINE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS: EXPERIENCES FROM LATIN AMERICA
Citizen Movements are on the rise across Latin America, and at the forefront of these movements is the demand to end corruption. Yet Latin America is amongst the world’s most dangerous environments for civil society. Anti-corruption activists, often taking on people who view themselves as above the rule of law, can be the region’s most at-risk human rights defenders.
This session will share experiences across Latin America on the rise of citizens’ movements and their impact on the fight against corruption. By looking at different country experiences, it will explore what role traditional NGOs and other stakeholders have to play in supporting citizen movements and protecting anti-corruption activists, especially in environments of extreme violence. It will ask what the impact of international security assistance in corrupt environments is and how national, regional and international networks can help to protect activists at risk.
BEST PRACTICES FOR A SAFE AND ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR CIVIL SOCIETY IN LATIN AMERICA
This panel will highlight how different civil society representatives from Latin America have successfully collaborated with governments to ensure a safe and enabling environment for civil society. Speakers from Chile (Consejo Nacional de Participación Ciudadana y Fortalecimiento de la Sociedad Civil), Ecuador (Participación Ciudadana), Colombia (Viva la Ciudadanía) and Guatemala (Congreso Transparente) will share strategies and tools to protect civil society space in times of democratic transition or following resolution of conflicts, including examples of successful reform initiatives.
ON THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THE LAW OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS - CSOS AS NON-PROFIT LEGAL ENTITIES AND THE SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY
The aim of this event is to analyse the difficulties faced by civil society organisations (CSOs) to strengthen and be sustainable over time when the law is imprecise. When the definition and understanding of “non-profits” is opaque, the legal nature of CSOs becomes even more uncertain whenever there’s a will to intertwine -hybridise– it with logics of business and politics. This event will build knowledge on the ‘Third Sector’ Law by reflecting on questions such as: What are the values and risks subjacent to CSOs, NGOs and NPOs around the world? Which are the conducts to promote and which deviations should be impeded within the Third Sector and the social and solidarity economy at the national level and within a global community? What deserves incentives and what should be repressed under the rule of law so as to legally enable an ample and safe environment for CSOs?
CIVIC CHARTER – DEFENDING CIVIC SPACE
Space for civic action is shrinking. We must join forces to collectively face this challenge. To do so, we require a strong common understanding of the space we demand as civil society. Presently in draft form, the Civic Charter, a global framework for civic participation, will make the case for civic space, drawing together important terms for civic participation. It will provide the basis for international solidarity with CSOs and activists, and advocate for civic space. At this consultation session, we will put forward the Civic Charter draft, inviting you to shape the development of this vital document.
FROM RHETORIC TO ACTION: TOWARDS AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILD AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT IN THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
In 2015, young people were at the forefront of some of the biggest development stories of the year. Youth continue to navigate and resolve conflict, create livelihoods, and drive every imaginable kind of change. At the same time, we are witnessing a worrying global trend as civil society space appears increasingly restricted. Time and again children and young people face systemic barriers and obstacles that inhibit their development, and hold back their collective agency. This is why we launched the ‘Case for Space’, a unique global youth-led research initiative that seeks to understand and strengthen the enabling environment for child and youth development. In this session we will share findings from the ‘From Rhetoric to Action’ report to analyse what conditions should be in place for young people to lead the global development agenda and what this could mean for policy, practice and support mechanisms for youth development.
REALITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN TO ENSURE A FAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR CSOS
This session aims to generate debate, reflection and construction on central aspects that allow consolidation of an "enabling environment" that leads, promotes and strengthens the role of civil society organisations in democracies, legal aspects, institutional, fiscal and financial; national and regional public policy; incentive programs; cooperation between stakeholders; opening and strengthening of spaces where policies are decided; and monitoring, evaluation and follow-up. The discussions will then be split into three workshops that will address:
- The realities of CSOs at regional and global levels; identifying the political, economic and social situation in general and how these affect the work of civil society organisations;
- The opportunities and challenges toward the global agendas,
- A view towards the situation of the CSOs’ rights and duties.
ENABLING CIVIC SPACE AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR: PARTNERING TO REACH COMMON OBJECTIVES
With the world being constantly threatened by major global challenges, it has become critical for businesses and civil society organisations to collaborate and find points of convergence for the achievement of mutual goals. This is even more important in a world where civic space is shrinking, and where businesses are increasingly being invited to the decision-making table. Join this conversation and learn more on how to build meaningful partnerships with the private sector while bridging the gap for effective collaboration, understanding the evolving perspectives of businesses and engaging them towards supporting civic participation.
DIFFICULT BUT DOABLE: FOSTERING AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR CIVIL SOCIETY - EXPERIENCES AND ENQUIRIES OF GERMAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND PARTNERS
Participate in this interactive workshop to discuss how CSO and cooperating development agencies can foster an enabling collaborative environment for civil society. We will have contributions from Laos, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Palestinian Territories, Bolivia and Colombia. We want to learn and discuss:
- From your perspective and based on your experiences - to which extend do the presented approaches foster an enabling environment for CSO?
- How may these approaches be adapted in view of other country contexts?
- What other approaches for fostering an enabling environment for CSO you recommend?
German Development Cooperation will share different experiences responding to CSO challenges. Following these presentations, we want to discuss the various approaches in interactive working groups (World Café) and learn about your experiences and views.
#NGOdigitalspaces: HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE INTERNET AND TECHNOLOGY TO BUILD COMMUNITIES, FOSTER TRUST AND MODEL ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY
You’ll hear from leading experts representing Microsoft Philanthropies, MAKAIA, Techsoup, Winguweb and Global Fund for Community Foundations and explore the issue of civil society and digital spaces from a variety of perspectives: the importance of credibility and validation within the sector; solution for the “briefcase NGO view”; what new technology and tools are available to nonprofits? How are technology partners supporting civil society and nonprofits globally? How does internet governance work and what voice does civil society have? How can NGOs lay the foundation for effective online engagement? What is the role of social media in building civil society? How is digital fundraising changing the donor relationship and giving overall? What is the future of digital spaces for civil society- opportunities, challenges and potential threats? Representatives will also share which digital tools and online spaces are most effective as well as how to improve your website, social media, content and communication strategies.
CSO SELF-REGULATION VERSUS EXTERNAL CONTROL: THE RELEVANCE AND CONTRIBUTIONS FROM A GLOBAL STANDARD DEVELOPED FROM CIVIL SOCIETY TO RESOLVE THIS TENSION
The discussion seeks to understand the relevance and opportunities for a Global Standard for CSO accountability to be recognized and used by public officials and officers of cooperation as a basis for preparing and/or improving the regulatory frameworks and due diligence which are being developed for civil society organisations in Colombia and in the region. It will encourage a conversation between key actors in the definition of regulatory mechanisms of CSOs, through questions such as:
- What should the different proposals for regulation of accountability of the CSOs seek?
- What are the benefits and the difficulties of accountability mechanisms of the CSOs when these arise from self-regulation or when these arise from the decision of an external actor such as the government?
- To what extent these two sources of regulation face off against each other or may be complementary?
- Is it useful for all stakeholders regulating the management of CSOs to count on a Global Standard for CSO accountability, developed from the same civil society to resolve this tension?
INCLUSION: Embracing Multiple Voices And Exercising Principled Courage In Addressing Controversial Issues For True Representation And Legitimate Actions
This track will discuss strategies to:
- Counter marginalisation, challenge exclusion and power dynamics, uphold human rights and freedoms.
- Promote instances, spaces and moments for dialogue based on respect and dignity.
- Reach out to others, actively promote acceptance and diversity, embrace differences within our organisations and partnerships.
DATASHIFT: HOW CITIZEN-GENERATED DATA IS DRIVING PEOPLE POWERED ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
This event will hear from the DataShift team, partners and representatives from projects we have been supporting to bolster their collection and use of citizen-generated data. These speakers will share highlights and key lessons learned from the initiative’s pilot phase. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their own experiences of civil society and citizen-generate data, including for the monitoring of the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with these discussions helping to shape the work of the DataShift going forward.
HOW DO WE ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE SDG ON GENDER? STRATEGIES FOR CIVICUS’ GENDER WORKING GROUP
Event description: A key concern of CIVICUS’ Gender Working Group (GWG) is how to ensure accountability to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on Gender equality and empowerment. This participatory workshop will frame the challenges and opportunities inherent in this, inviting input from the CIVICUS membership on how to achieve said accountability and exploring methods and strategies that will leverage the strengths of the GWG. Particular focus will be given to goal’s targets that address women in leadership and policies for the promotion of gender equality and empowerment.
BUILDING SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH VOLUNTEERS
People need to be able to hold those who make decisions that affect their lives to account and give input into how services should be delivered. Find out and explore how different types of volunteers can work to increase the capacity and space for social accountability by working with government, civil society, the private sector and communities. Learn about inspiring case studies from around the world, take the opportunity to share experiences, participate in interactive sessions informed by recent research on the roles volunteers can play and identify innovative possibilities for collaboration.
INCLUDING STAKEHOLDERS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION AND REVIEW OF AGENDA 2030
United Nations Member States have agreed to continue multistakeholder engagement, which was vital to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in its implementation with regular and inclusive progress reviews at the national and sub-national levels. In this presentation, DESA will explore ways civil society organisations, major groups, and other stakeholders can participate and contribute to relevant intergovernmental processes, including the General Assembly, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), high-level political fora and related functional commissions.
STRENGTHENING LOCAL TO GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY NETWORKS FOR LAND RIGHTS REFORM
Rights to land and natural resources in rural areas are an increasingly critical issue in the context of civil society struggles for social justice, environmental sustainability, and community empowerment around the world. Contested land rights, primarily communal or indigenous lands, affect an estimated two billion people and involve perhaps half of the world’s total land area. This session will focus on the following themes:
- Links between land rights reform and other social causes, ranging from climate change and environmental conservation to democratization and constitutional reform.
- Building strong local to global or north-south networks and coalitions to advance land rights reforms, through the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights and other initiatives.
- Strengthening local civil society organisations and networks, and addressing current internal and external challenges facing civil society groups around the world, as a key component of these land rights movements.
Speakers and examples will be drawn from Latin America, East Africa, and global networks playing a leadership role in the Global Call to Action.
CLOSING CIVIL SOCIETY SPACE FOR LGBTI NGOS- KENYA, INDONESIA, KYRGYZSTAN, AND HUNGARY
The GPP report focuses on four countries where tightening restrictions on civil society (such as the new foreign agent laws) are being used to target LGBTI groups, as well as some strategies LGBTI groups are using to successfully resist these restrictions. The session will focus on Kenya, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, and Hungary, and will make recommendations for future research and donor action. We will have small group strategy sessions and report back on recommendations for future research and strategies for success.
BUILDING A MOVEMENT TO FIGHT INEQUALITY
This interactive session is open to all those interested in exploring a broader alliance to fight inequality. We are living through an inequality crisis, with the gap between the richest and the rest reaching levels not seen for a decade. Struggles for a fairer and more sustainable world are threatened by this crisis on many fronts. The beginnings of an alliance are coming together from many sectors to challenge the nexus of wealth and power underlying this system through a people powered movement. This session will explore how we can build this movement nationally and internationally, and surface different perspectives on this struggle.
THE CHANGING FACE OF 21ST CENTURY LEADERSHIP: HOW TRADITIONAL ORGANIZATIONS CAN SUPPORT THE NEXT GENERATION OF NON-TRADITIONAL LEADERS
Today’s global youth build and fight for open civic spaces in new and creative ways, filling gaps left by NGOs and government. Traditional civil society is faced with the challenge of supporting and inspiring this new age of youth leaders. Join Rhize and Open Society Foundations to reflect on Rhize’s innovative research that captures the experiences of youth leaders in 18 countries and explores these challenges. Participants are invited to workshop creative solutions and join the growing campaign to think and work differently in our approaches to supporting youth leadership. Input will be integrated into a final report exposing these challenges and recommending new solutions to support youth leaders.
PARTICIPATION: Creating Opportunities For Meaningful Civil Society Engagement In Governance And Decision-Making Processes, And Holding Power-Bearers To Account
This track will discuss strategies to:
- Reflect, build and consolidate on processes for participation, engagement and ways of relating so as to guarantee rights and democracy.
- Promote and advocate for transparent and accountable practices and institutions allowing space for civil society and citizens’voices to be heard within governance processes.
ACCOUNTABILITY FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS)
Developing a suitable accountability framework for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is key for the success of Agenda 2030. The aim is to learn from different experiences of CSOs, on devising a framework for accountability (for Member States and other Stakeholders), at the National level leading to Global accountability.
CITIZEN LED ACCOUNTABILITY INITIATIVES – EXPERIENCES AND PROSPECTS FROM THREE CONTINENTS
Practitioners from Nicaragua, Kenya and Denmark will contribute with:
- Approaches and strategies for holding duty bearers to account in different contexts
- Lessons on the importance of ensuring own organizational legitimacy when engaging in accountability initiatives, which will lead to interactive discussions on challenges in transforming accountability initiatives into real changes in people’s lives.
URAIA from Kenya has experience in fostering civic engagement in a society where authority structures are becoming decentralized. FECONOR from Nicaragua will contribute with how strengthening disabled people’s organizations has led to tangible service improvement. From Denmark, CISU (Civil Society in Development) contributes with experiences from a welfare society.
HOW CAN THE NEW GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DATA HELP ENSURE CIVIL SOCIETY IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF A DATA REVOLUTION?
This event will be part of a global consultation undertaken by CIVICUS, as a champion of the New Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), to provide more information on the objectives and structure of the GPSDD and gain feedback about what it should look like and do, from a diverse civil society audience. The GPSDD aims to be an inclusive, comprehensive platform that will support civil society and other stakeholders to generate and use data to be more effective development actors, be more accountable to their constituents and to also hold decision makers to account.
LAND AND THE DATA REVOLUTION: THE ROLE OF PEOPLE’S DATA AND COMMUNITY-BASED MONITORING AS A MEANS TO ADVANCE LAND RIGHTS AND GOOD LAND GOVERNANCE
Secure land rights are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – but official data is too patchy or limited to allow for meaningful monitoring. People-generated data and participatory, community-based information and monitoring systems (CBMIS) have huge potential to fill data gaps, monitor progress, and increase accountability, while putting local communities in charge. This event will showcase positive examples from various ILC members, demonstrating the validity and effectiveness of such approaches and will engage delegates to gather additional examples and jointly strategize how to push for greater recognition and integration of community-based approaches into monitoring efforts at different levels.
COLLABORATION FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
IREX and Internews will host a two part interactive workshop among people who work in both civil society and media development (including CSOs, individual activists, media development and community media practitioners, bloggers, news media, citizen journalists and tech activists) that will: 1) showcases examples where civil society and media have successfully collaborated to increase accountability and where they have tried and failed – looking at both traditional media and online media, and 2) work with small groups to reflect on what this collaboration could look like in the context that participants work in, for example: closed spaces, or conflict-affected communities. Each group will identify challenges and solutions to the challenges and specific opportunities to further collaborate after the workshop that will be shared with the larger group.
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: A FRAMEWORK FOR ACTION
What is Global Citizenship and how can it be used as a tool to take your work and that of your organization to greater heights? This workshop explores the practical dimension of Global Citizenship and the tools and methods it offers to address critical issues in a collaborative and sustained way. Based on real-life examples, participants will develop a deeper understanding of their spheres of influence and the potential that comes with it. Participants will leave the workshop with strategies, tools and methods that can help them work across borders to develop local solutions for global challenges.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL (SDG) 16: ADVOCACY AND CAPACITY BUILDING FOR CSOS
This advocacy and capacity building workshop will feature experts on Goal 16 related issues from civil society and governments, and will present a range of tools and resources for CSOs to contribute towards the implementation and accountability for Sustainable Development Goal 16 and the Sustainable Development Goals more broadly.
CIVIC SOCIETY ROLE IN TRANSITIONS: SOME LESSONS FOR CUBA
In the last decade we have seen successes and failures in democracy transitions around the globe. This workshop will open up a discussion on transitions to democracy in closed societies in order to find lessons learned, best practices and common pitfalls as well as look at case studies on the role that civic society has played so that Cuban activists can advance a successful transition in Cuba.
PARTICIPATION OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN MULTILATERAL SCENARIOS: A PATH FOR MORE IMPACT AT THE ORGANISATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS)
Around the globe there are many multistate scenarios that have open up for civic society participation. Nevertheless, most of the efforts have failed in creating a real participation scenario that overcome the mere consultation and lead to real impacts. In the proposed event Redlad will be presenting the result of a research process in which five multi state scenarios were review to underline good practices and lessons learn that could be used in the strengthening of this scenarios, especially those associated with the Organization of American States.
NEW FORMS OF PARTICIPATION: CHALLENGES FACED FOR THEIR INCLUSION
This event will provide a space for reflection about the new forms of participation that have arisen recently around the world, and which pose a challenge for their inclusion in the more organized civil society. It will lead to a reflection on how to ensure the rights of these new social movements to participation, highlighting all questions related rights to access information, freedom of expression and to organise collectively. This event will discuss too what are the current constraints faced in different contexts for these new forms of participation to operate taking into account the current legislations’ framework. Examples from Colombia will be analyzed to explain the dynamics in the country and to identify proposals in order to work with the government to improve their advocacy capacity.
PERSPECTIVES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGENDA 2030: LOCAL AND GLOBAL LESSONS LEARNED AND CHALLENGES
In 2016 the Agenda 2030 came into effect and it proposes to structurally challenge the world's problems for the next 15 years, summarized and integrated into 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Civil Society Organisations have been working hard to influence and bring to the fore the implementation of Agenda 2030 in a participative and meaningful way at different levels. So far we have learned lessons and gathered fruitful perspectives to work with in the years to come. The Brazilian Organisation of NGOs (Abong), the Mesa de Articulación Latino Americana y Caribe, the Asia Development Alliance (ADA), the International Forum of National Platforms of NGOs (FIP) and CIVICUS, will sit together and debate in order to contribute to the arduous and challenging road ahead.
EQUITY AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2017 GOVERNANCE AND THE LAW
Governance challenges impede governments from fully delivering services and reducing poverty. There is broad momentum within the international development community to address these issues in more effective and meaningful ways. The World Bank's 2017 World Development Report focuses on the topic of Governance and the Law. It discusses in particular the relative power of different actors in shaping development and prosperity, and how to rebalance power to improve these outcomes. This discussion is an opportunity to learn about the framework behind WDR 2017 and provide input.
PROMOTING CIVIC SPACE THROUGH OPEN GOVERNMENT: STRATEGY AND TRENDS (WORKSHOP)
The Open Government Partnership provides a unique platform and set of tools for advocacy, to get governments to commit to concrete open government reforms, while consequently strengthening civic space. We invite civil society colleagues to join us for an interactive panel to examine critical trends we’ve seen emerge through the work of OGP, in particular the innovative approaches that have been taken by civil society and governments to strengthen civic participation. The discussion will highlight trends from different regions and hear from civil society partners on key challenges - and ways in which these have been addressed.
DISCUSSION MEETING: THE CHALLENGES OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
This discussion will address two key issues: i) the realities of the situation regarding participation of civil society at the global and territorial level; identifying the political, economic and social situation, and ii) the opportunities and challenges of civic participation for incidence and policy dialogue. Later, there will be a reflection and conversation with the members of the Consejo Nacional de Participación, centering on the topics of the discussion. At the end there will be a symbolic act of the adoption of the Internal Working Regulations of the Consejo Nacional de Participación.
GETTING GOOD AT DISRUPTION: SOUTHERN CIVIL SOCIETY EXPERIENCES OF DISRUPTIVE CHANGE
For many civil society groups in the global south, disruption is a daily fact of life, whether it’s funding and governance or game-changers like climate change, urbanisation and changing patterns of conflict. Many international NGOs are preparing for disrupted futures, but there’s not been so much focus on the southern civil society experience of disruption. Join this engagement workshop to share insights into how southern civil society-based organisations are adapting and innovating in the face of disruption. We’ll also be coming up with messages for donors and international NGOs.
SUCCESS FACTORS FOR MULTI-STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUES
What makes multi-stakeholder partnerships work well and why? This will be essential for the implementation of the sustainable development goals and in particular SDG 17. The workshop will discuss recent findings of a global study on the effectiveness of country-based multi-stakeholder initiatives, who leads them, who the ‘interlocutors’ are, and under which conditions they can be successful. The workshop will be highly interactive and aimed at triggering an inspiring discussion.
WORLD CITIZENSHIP AND DEMOCRATIC GLOBAL GOVERNANCE: HOW CIVIL SOCIETY CAN HELP TO CHOOSE THE NEXT UN SECRETARY-GENERAL
On 1 January 2017 a new UN Secretary-General will be appointed. World governance and citizenship are at stake. From climate change to armed conflict, extremism to pandemics, from migrations to citizenship, many of the world’s defining problems transcend borders and require global solutions. A multilateral organization, as United Nations Organization, is needed more than ever, and this Organisation needs an effective Secretary-General who is capable of rising to the challenge.
Join us for an action-oriented event that will focus on the impact the Secretary-General can make to the world’s seven billion citizens, including in the delivery of the SDGs, and the contribution that civil society can make to ensure this crucial selection process is democratic, transparent and inclusive of individuals across the world. A World Citizens Movement emerges!
PEACE: Creating Positive Pathways To Affect Durable And Non-Violent Social Change, And Upholding Universal Human Rights Commitments
This track will discuss strategies to:
- Explore the processes of building and maintaining sustainable peace developed at local, national and global levels.
- Create enabling environments for responsible social and political dialogue, overcome confrontation and build shared vision towards sustainable and lasting peace.
- Promote, support and advocate for conditions that enable sustainable peace, reconciliation, and participatory decision-making while strengthening democracy in post-conflict environments.
CIVIL SOCIETY COMMITTED TO PEACE BUILDING IN COLOMBIA
This is a full day event which will fall under the Peace programmatic track of ICSW 2016. It aims at creating a space for a high level dialogue to recognize experiences, share lessons learnt, and give contributions and recommendations from civil society organisations at a local, national and international level regarding the peace agreements that are being discussed in the Havana. The event will focus on item 2 and 5 of the peace negotiations agenda, namely, political participation and victims of human rights violations and truth respectively.
CONSTRUCTION OF TERRITORIAL PEACE
This event will be in two parts: a dialogue on "Peace as a co-responsible action", which will seek to address the fundamental elements requiring Colombian society to achieve peace and the role international actors can play. Panellists will include Mauricio Garcia S.J., Vera Grave and Oscar Useche will facilitate the dialogue. The second session titled, "Construction of Territorial Peace", will aim to:
- Visualize approaches, betting and territorial dynamics that the various social organisations have on peace-building in the post-agreement phase.
- Identify expectations, tensions and challenges that are expressed in the territories, between the implementation of the Peace Agreements of Havana and the priorities of social organisations.
GET US OUT OF THE CONFLICT: RE-POSITIONING SOCIETY, TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT HORIZON FOR THE POST-CONFLICT AGREEMENT
For over half a century, Colombian civil society has assumed or inherited a confrontational attitude towards one or all of the parties of the Colombian armed conflict. This event presents a synthesis of the current agenda for signing a peace agreement between the government and the FARC as well as the justice system for transition. It will gather participant´s contributions for improving the transition and re-positioning of Colombian society to step out of its historical animosity and emphasise the role of civil society organisations as the social fabric of territorial peace across the country. The participation of international civil society contributing experiences and ideas to their Colombian counterparts, is especially welcome.
MEDIA, PEACE AND DEMOCRACY IN COLOMBIA
We are aware of the situation facing media but also the relevance of media in a socio-political and cultural environment such as that of Colombia.. The event will address the topic "Media, Peace and Democracy in Colombia", to have critical reflection and proactive and open debate about the role played by the media in handling of the peace process and conflict-related information with the aim of highlighting the responsibility of the media in a post-conflict environment in Colombia.