Is the international community doing
enough for the people of Egypt?
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Previous question: Are
you going to the World Social
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
Results: a. 58.1%, b. 35.5%, c. 6.5%
action and walk for water, 19-22 March 2011
Walk for Water
Millions of people walk six kilometres every
day just to collect water for their basic needs.
On World Water Day 2011, thousands of people across the globe will walk
together for six kilometres to demand an end to this crisis.
End the crackdown in Egypt and uphold human rights: Petition
Protesters are demanding change but their
right to do so peacefully is not being respected. They have been the
target of violent attacks by pro-government supporters, while Egyptian
authorities have failed to ensure protection of their right to freedom
of expression and assembly.
Join Amnesty's call on Vice President Omar Suleiman to stop the
crackdown in Egypt.
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Evaluation conference: 'Mind the gap: From evidence to policy impact'
The International Initiative for
Each year billions of dollars are spent on tackling global poverty.
Development programmes and policies are designed to build sustainable
livelihoods and improve lives. But is there real evidence to show which
programmes work and why? The Mind the Gap conference on impact
evaluation will address these questions and offer possible solutions.
The conference will take place in Cuernavaca, Mexico, from 15-17 June
displacement and reconciliation
Association for the Study of International Development
Experiences from Bosnia, Rwanda and Cambodia to Colombia, Iraq and
Sudan have raised important, under-examined questions about the
relationship between reconciliation and the experience and resolution
of displacement. The conference will take place in Ottawa, Canada, from
9-10 June 2011.
change is primarily associated with
its physical outcomes like extreme weather events, rising sea levels
and desertification. However, these climatic impacts do not only pose a
threat to the environment, natural habitat and biodiversity but also to
society. Environmental migration as one social aftermath of climate
change is the subject of this analysis. The emergence of environmental
refugees is heatedly debated in the media, among policymakers and in
academic writing of various disciplines. The author of this thesis
seeks to take that debate seriously. She does not put the existence of
environmental refugees a priori to her analysis, but scrutinises the
different notions critically.
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This week, new civil society job openings have been added to the
CIVICUS website. Please click here
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.
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'
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
a constantly changing global environment.
Officer (application deadline: 1 March 2011)
CIVICUS is seeking to recruit a Communications Officer to carry out and
facilitate effective communications and brand strategies in line with
the organisation's strategic directions and stakeholder needs.
Intern (application deadline: 28 February 2011)
CIVICUS is seeking to employ a Research Intern for a new six month
internship between April and September 2011 to assist with the work and
development of the Research Unit. The Research Intern will work closely
with the Research Manager to offer research functions for a range of
solidarity with brave Egyptian brothers and sisters: Statement
On behalf of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and our
members and partners around the world I would like to express
solidarity with civil society in Egypt, currently at the forefront of
the citizen movement against President Mubarak's 30 year authoritarian
We want all citizens of Egypt and CIVICUS' members and partners there
to know they are not alone in their struggle for democratic rights.
Millions of people on every continent stand united in solidarity with
you as you risk your safety, livelihoods, even your lives, to take on a
regime which for too long has stifled your democratic rights and
Your courage is testament to the thousands of Egyptians who have
suffered imprisonment, torture and assassination at the hands of
President Mubarak's regime, which has systematically suppressed the
legitimate democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people and curtailed
the ability of civil society to exercise its rights to expression,
association and assembly. Already the death toll in this wave of
struggle has claimed over 300 lives and caused injury to thousands as
an unrepentant regime clings to power by any means at their command.
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message of solidarity
Ingrid Srinath at
the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
"Despite the government's pledges to the contrary, growth in India has
not been inclusive. Child malnutrition has barely improved over the
past two decades and caste politics still excludes millions of people
from real opportunity. While most children are now enrolled in schools,
65 percent drop out and only 12 percent go to college. If you are in
the bottom third, life is universally worse than 20 years ago", she
CIVICUS calls for
Civil Society Watch
The latest issue of the Civil Society Watch Monthly is now available.
It provides an overview of threats to civil society from around the
out the issue
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Interview with a
civil society activist
In this interview Pascal Nyilibakwe, based at the CIVICUS office from
October 2010 through January 2011, discusses the situation in Rwanda
and how he had to leave the country because of his human rights work.
Pascal is the Executive Director of Ligue des Droits de la personne
dans la region des Grands Lacs (LDGL), which works in the Great Lakes
region of Africa and has 25 members in Burundi, the Democratic Republic
of Congo and Rwanda, with the secretariat based in Kigali, Rwanda.
Echoes from Tunisia
and Egypt: Revolutions without self-proclaimed
With decentralised organising structures and the absence of a
leadership vanguard, events in Egypt and Tunisia point to an emergent
mode of revolutionary organisation, argues Horace Campbell.
U.S. Pakistan aid
shows little progress
Wall Street Journal
The U.S. civilian aid programme for Pakistan has failed to show it is
achieving its goals since Congress approved a $7.5 billion five-year
assistance package in late 2009, according to an official U.S.
UN Forum on human
rights: Stay and fight or walk away?
The Bush administration chose not to participate in the Human Rights
Council when it was established in 2006, creating the opportunity for
countries like Cuba, China and Pakistan to dominate the new body's
early years. Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, US Foreign
Border dispute displaces up to 30,000
NGOs working along the Thai-Cambodian border are monitoring clashes
between the two countries near a disputed temple and are extremely
concerned about the reported displacement of up to 30,000 people.
Rights groups fear
quid pro quo for peaceful transition
Amid renewed pockets of unrest throughout Sudan and continuing violence
in Darfur, government officials in Khartoum announced on Monday that a
whopping 98.83 percent of southern voters - numbering more than 3.8
million in a country of over 42.3 million - cast their ballots in
favour of secession during last month's highly anticipated referendum.
Civil Society in
1989 and 2011
Munich Security Conference, British
Prime Minister David Cameron announced the end of multi-culturalism and
the need to confront those who oppose British values - democracy,
integration and equality of the sexes. Yet the crowds in Tahrir Square
are proving that these values are not the preserve of the British - far
from it. Like the crowds in Prague or Berlin in 1989, they are showing
that they can be the agents of history. Muslims and Christians are
standing together. The Muslim brotherhood has said that it will not put
up a candidate for president. Women in veils and women with their hair
streaming behind them are equal participants with men in this
game-changing moment. They have confronted Mubarak's thugs with huge
dignity and restraint. It was civil society, not western military
strength, that brought down communism, said the Hungarian writer Gyorgy
Konrad. The same is true in the Middle East; whatever happens in the
next few days and weeks, an active civil society has begun a movement
for democracy across the region.
New research portal
The Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA)
LACEA with the support of Global Development Network has launched
VoxLACEA, a portal for research-based policy analysis and commentary by
leading scholars on issues relevant to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Azerbaijan: Preventing War: Report
International Crisis Group
An arms race, escalating front-line clashes, vitriolic war rhetoric and
a virtual breakdown in peace talks are increasing the chance that
Armenia and Azerbaijan will go back to war over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Preventing this is urgent.
The carbon brief:
New climate portal
Carbon Brief fact-checks stories about climate science online and in
the press. It provides briefings on the people and organisations
talking about climate change and produces background materials on
science issues and news stories.
Leadership Forum Announcement - Call for applications
Chair and Institute of Comparative Human Rights
The UNESCO Chair
and Institute of Comparative Human Rights at the
University of Connecticut invites applications for the seventh annual
International Leadership Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum,
to be held from 5-14 August 2011 in Storrs, Connecticut. Applications
close on 28 February 2011.
Children and Youth
in Crises Conference: Call for paper
The World Bank is
inviting papers for the Children and Youth in Crisis
Conference (5-6 May 2011) co-hosted by the World Bank and the Jacobs
Foundation. The particular focus is on developing countries.
Food security: Call
International Food Security Research Fund
Development Research Centre, a Canadian Crown
corporation that works in close collaboration with researchers from the
developing world, is calling for proposals as part of the Canadian
International Food Security Research Fund. The submission deadline is
23 March 2011.
Spread Trees, Not Aids: Call for volunteers
now accepting applications for six (6) International
Youth Ambassadors to take part in its summer project in KwaZulu-Natal,
South Africa. Spread Trees, Not AIDS is LetsStopAIDS'
project that works to bring together two pressing issues of our time:
HIV and AIDS, and environmental degradation.