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3 February 2011
Edition No: 522

Poll question

Are you going to the World Social Forum?
a. Yes, it's an opportunity to find solutions
b. No, but I wish I could be a part of it
c. No, it's a waste of time

To answer the question, click here

Previous question: What do you consider the most brutal effect of climate change?

a. Food scarcity
b. Rising sea levels
c. Inflated food prices
d. Drought
e. Forced migration

Results: a. 46.7%, b. 26.7%, c. 20%
, d. 6.7%

Stand with the people of Egypt

Source: Avaaz

The Egyptian regime is attempting to starve the protest movement of two crucial sources of power: information and solidarity. But despite the internet blackout, Egyptian radios and satellite TVs can still receive broadcasts from across the border -- so Avaaz will work with broadcasters whose signals reach inside
Egypt to circulate the number of signatures on this statement of solidarity, along with messages of support from around the world for Egypt's people.
Take part in the campaign

OECD 50th Anniversary Video Competition

Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

To celebrate the OECD's 50th Anniversary, young people worldwide are invited to create a short video describing their vision of Progress. Upload your video on YouTube by 1 March 2011 for the chance to win prizes including a trip to Paris, screening of your video at an international forum and an opportunity to meet government, civil society and media from around the world.
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Dakar 2011: The WSF is back in Africa

Source: World Social Forum

Returning to Africa three years after the event in Nairobi (2007), the World Social Forum 2011 will be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 6 to 11 February on the campus of the University Cheikh Anta Diop. Traditionally a counterpoint to the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland (26 to 30 January), this year the WSF follows it and looks beyond.
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Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2011

Source: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Local Climate Solutions for Africa (27 February - 3 March in Cape Town, South Africa) is a unique and accessible platform for African local leaders, their associations, national governments, scientists, technical experts, development partners, business, industry and civil society to engage on climate change challenges and solutions for Africa.
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World Economic Forum on Latin America 2011

Source: World Economic Forum

This World Economic Forum on Latin America will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 27-29 April 2011. It will focus on the remarkable opportunities in the region for a growing number of modern industries to develop and the innovative reforms that are being promoted to foster economic growth and improve the quality of life for the majority.
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Non profit Management Excellence

Alan Fowler

This is a FANTASTIC reference for those interested in NGO Management, or for those starting up their own NGOs. Fowler does an excellent job of going step-by-step through the process of organizational development in these complex organisations.
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This week, new civil society job openings have been added to the CIVICUS website. Please click here.

Consultant, External Evaluation of CIVICUS (application deadline 7 February 2011)


CIVICUS is seeking a consultant to complete an external evaluation of the organisation. The evaluation is intended principally for learning and accountability purposes. It is expected to generate relevant findings, lessons and recommendations which will be shared with key stakeholders of CIVICUS and used by the implementing agencies to guide and inform current work and future programming.
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Director of Outreach (application deadline: 1 March 2011)


CIVICUS is seeking to recruit a Director of Outreach to lead and manage the process of CIVICUS' outreach strategy development and implementation for the Convening; Communications; Lobbying and Engagement and Resource Mobilisation units. The Director of Outreach is a member of the senior management team and is expected to contribute to other organisation-wide initiatives.
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Lobbying and Engagement Officer (application deadline: 1 March 2011)


CIVICUS is seeking to recruit an Officer in the Lobbying and Engagement Unit to carry out and facilitate lobbying and relevant campaign activities to influence the policy of target audiences and strengthen and expand the space available for meaningful civil society engagement at local, regional and international levels in line with CIVICUS' strategic directions.
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Research Officer,
(application deadline: 1 March 2011)


CIVICUS is seeking to recruit a Research Officer to carry out and facilitate research activities and contribute to the development of CIVICUS' research priorities and partnerships on civil society issues in a constantly changing global environment.
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This week, I want to draw your attention to a blog posting by Simon Zadek,a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Centre for and Business and Government of Harvard University's Kennedy School, an advisor on sustainability to the World Economic Forum focused on climate finance and sustainable consumption; an Honorary Professor at the University of South Africa, and an Associate Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Sustainable Development. In it, he shares his opinions on Private Finance Initiatives, an issue that could serious ramification for long-term development.

Partnership Shame

Njongonkulu Ndungane, then Archbishop of Cape Town (following on from Desmond Tutu) turned up on my doorstep in London shortly after the G8 Gleneagles Summit at which US$50 billion in additional commitments of international development assistance were made. His question, put simply, was how best to track the delivery of real money against these commitments. My answer, crudely, was that he was watching the wrong ball, and that the real menace was the arrival in Africa of 'private finance initiatives'.

PFIs, for the uninitiated, involve private companies putting up the capital to build schools, roads and hospitals (public service infrastructure) in its many forms, in return for a commitment by government to pay for the arising services into the future. The plus for governments was that they did not have to use public money or raise more public debt for capital expenditure, even although they (or someone) would have to pay the bill later down the road. In the UK, they used to call this 'living off tick', put simply, 'consume now, pay later'.

Read the rest of this piece on Simon's blog

CIVICUS urges Egypt's President Mubarak to step down
President Hosni Mubarak is still clinging onto power despite continuing unprecedented protests caused by widespread dissatisfaction in Egypt against his 30 years of authoritarian rule. Against this backdrop, CIVICUS urges the international community to tell President Mubarak in no uncertain terms that he must step down and permit the Egyptian people to attain their legitimate aspirations for a free society.  Moreover, CIVICUS calls on all democratic governments and multilateral institutions, especially the United States and the African Union, to rise to the occasion and unequivocally stand behind the Egyptian people's desire for a just and democratic government.
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Journal of Hope

Source: GCAP

The Global Call to Action Against Poverty released a 'Journal of Hope' to share messages of strength, including one from CIVICUS' Netsanet Belay, with the renowned and now imprisoned civil rights activist, Dr. Binayak Sen. Dr. Sen was convicted and jailed on 24 December 2010 on charges of sedition. He has been sentenced to life in prison after campaigning to raise awareness of human rights violations in Central India.
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Gay activist murder part of trend of deteriorating rights: CIVICUS
CIVICUS is greatly saddened by the news of the tragic murder of prominent gay rights activist David Kato in Uganda on 26 January 2011. CIVICUS calls upon the government of Uganda to carry out an immediate and independent investigation into the murder and bring the perpetrators to justice. CIVICUS also urges the government to demonstrate due diligence in stopping the ongoing homophobic campaigns and attacks prevalent in many parts of Ugandan society and abandon the Anti-Homosexuality Bill which has been before parliament since October 2009.
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New Videos from civil society Parallel OSCE Summit
On 28 and 29 November 2010, more than 200 civil society and government delegates gathered in Astana, Kazakhstan, for a Civil Society Parallel Conference preceding the OSCE Summit. Two new videos have just been released:
Overview video from US Mission to the OSCE
Interview with Tolekan Ismailova, CIVICUS partner in Kyrgyzstan

Civil Society Demands End to State of Emergency in Algeria

Source: IPS

The lifting of the state of emergency that has been in force in Algeria for nearly 20 years has emerged as a rallying point for groups united for democratic change. The capital, Algiers, Oran, Tizi-Ouzou, and many other Algerian cities experienced unrest throughout January, particularly after the popular uprising in Tunisia forced the departure of President Zine Abidine Ben Ali on 14 January. Violent demonstrations across the country have led to five deaths, more than 800 wounded and a thousand arrests; as well as extensive damage to property, according to a report from the Interior Minister, Daho Ould Kablia.
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Cambodia Kingdom of Wondering about how new laws will change our lives

Source: The Phnom Penh Post

Released on 15 December 2010, the draft law in Cambodia on Associations and Non-governmental Organisations aims to "set out formalities and conditions for forming, registering and operating associations, domestic non-governmental organisations and foreign non-governmental organisations in the Kingdom of Cambodia". Sok Samoeun, an executive director at the Cambodian Defenders Project, said the government tends to control and limit NGOs and associations' activities by using the law.
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Chavez's new threat: funding at risk for activists

Source: Seattle PI

A single number topped the front page of El Nacional one recent morning: 1,734. It was the number of violations of private property rights attributed to President Hugo Chavez's government since 2005, as tallied by an advocacy group that promotes economic and personal freedoms in Venezuela. Now that group is one of many that could be affected by a new law that bans certain vaguely defined organisations from accepting foreign money. The law is one of multiple efforts during Chavez's 12 years in power that have given him new tools to clamp down on critics.
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Few health services for IDPs as winter bites

Source: IRIN News

Tens of thousands of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Afghanistan are vulnerable to cold-related diseases but have little or no access to health services, according to aid agencies. Over 350,000 IDPs, including about 155,000 people displaced by conflict since November 2009, are living in camps and informal settlements in different parts of the country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says.
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New UN Women's head lays out 100-day action plan

Source: UN News Centre

The head of the new United Nations agency promoting women's rights and full participation in global affairs laid out a 100-day action plan last week, embracing a full spectrum of issues from supporting national partners to promoting coherence within the UN system. "Women's strength, women's industry, women's wisdom are humankind's greatest untapped resource," the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile, told the first regular session of the agency's executive board. "The challenge then for UN Women is to show our diverse constituencies how this resource can be effectively tapped in ways that benefit us all."
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Binayak looms over India session at World Economic Forum

Source: Times of India

The Binayak Sen case cast its shadow on the 'India Insight' session at the World Economic Forum last Wednesday as NGOs and economists attacked the country's social indicators. Ingrid Srinath Narasimhan, secretary general of NGO CIVICUS, cited the case to say India suffered from a governance deficit at the lower level, and the space of civil society was being constrained
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Tunisia's transition is no fait accompli: needs urgent assistance  - and 'strategic patience'

Source: Democracy Digest

Think of the historical epicenters of modern revolutions: Paris, St. Petersburg, Tehran …. Sidi Bouzid. Tunisia can be added to the relatively short list of major revolts that started not in a country's capital or most important city, but in the provinces. OK, Poland's anti-communist upsurge started in the shipyards of Gdansk and the catalyst for the GDR's downfall was arguably the demonstrations in Leipzig.  But the last time a revolution started in a place few had heard of was in the west Romanian town of Timosoara. It's not a reassuring precedent and raises some disconcerting parallels with Tunisia.
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Sharing Global Governance. The Role of Civil Society Organisations

Source: Bertelsmann Stiftung

This report explores the multiple roles and potential of CSOs in international policymaking and examines the strengths and weaknesses of CSOs and state-based organisations in global governance, looking particularly at the resources, access, skills and experience that each group of actors brings to the table.
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From Aid to Development Effectiveness

Source: The North South Institute

In 2011, the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) will assess progress on implementing the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and its companion, the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action.  Some development actors have suggested that the HLF-4 presents an opportunity to shift from an aid effectiveness framework to one characterised by development effectiveness; however, no international consensus exists on what development effectiveness entails. This working paper sets out four different perspectives on development effectiveness.
Download the report in English and French

INCORE Summer School on conflict resolution and peacebuilding

Source: University of Ulster

The INCORE Summer School provides a structured learning opportunity to analyse the dynamic and constantly changing field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Focusing on the latest research and concepts in peace and conflict studies and practice, participants are invited to compare, contrast and learn from different perspectives. Special attention is given to how the experience and research of both practitioners and academics can impact upon policy makers within the field of conflict resolution, peacemaking, peacebuilding and reconciliation. Application deadline is 25 March 2011.
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2011 MILEAD Fellows Programme

Source: Moremi Initiative

The Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa (Moremi Initiative) is pleased to announce its call for applications (deadline 30 March 2011) for the 2011 Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellows Programme. The MILEAD Fellows Programme is a one-year leadership development programme designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and succeed in leadership positions.
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