Catch the wind! Make
Kites are soaring through the skies with messages from citizens around
the world! Watch the video : www.civicusassembly.org/makeawish
and join in to make your own wish for a just world!
Africa: Food appeal for "worst humanitarian disaster"
Oxfam this week launched its largest ever appeal in Africa in response
to a massive food crisis facing more than 12 million people across
Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. The agency needs $80 million to reach
three million people in dire need of clean water, food and basic
"This is the worst food crisis of the 21st Century and we are seriously
concerned that large numbers of lives could soon be lost," said Jane
Cocking, Oxfam's Humanitarian Director.
Input needed - Contribute to Rio+20 outcome document
In advance of Rio+20, significant progress has been made on the
environmental and economic pillars, but the social pillar is lagging
behind. Civil society organisations, member states and agencies have
are being invited, until 1 November 2011, to provide inputs for this
event. These inputs will help shape the compilation document that will
be discussed at the third intersessional in New York, mid
December. This document will then serve to develop the zero draft
of the outcome document that will be negotiated then 3 separate weeks
in February, March and April in New York.
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Don't miss the
CIVICUS World Assembly: 10-12 September 2011, Montreal, Canada
Check out the CIVICUS World Assembly programme and don't miss out on
this great event! The programme includes 3 plenaries and 40 work
sessions divided among four key thematic tracks: development
effectiveness, climate justice, civil society and democratic space, and
connecting people through technology. Don't miss this chance to join
the discussion as we come together to find innovative ways to
strengthen civil society and act together for a more just world -
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4-6 June 2012
This Autumn, the Rio+20 Secretariat will be organising a number of
social media activities with tools such as Facebook, Twitter and its
dedicated Rio+20 website. Join the conversation:
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Building Nations from the Bottom Up: The Global Rise of Democratic Society
Global news is generally bad news. On the surface, the story is about
war, poverty, ethnic and sectarian strife. Democracy movements advanced
by the U.S. government seem to be stalled or even reversed. Yet just
below the surface, more hopeful trends are brewing. A new global
awareness of the people at "the bottom of the pyramid" is summoning
forth an unprecedented response to human need and suffering. It
involves a shift from vertical to horizontal power that official aid
agencies are only beginning to comprehend.
Civil society, once the distinctive characteristic of American
democracy, is now advancing across the globe, carrying with it new
forms of philanthropy, citizenship and volunteerism. Tens of thousands
of voluntary associations are prying open closed societies from within,
solving problems in new ways and forming the seedbed for a long-term
cultivation of democratic norms. Building Nations from the Bottom Up:
The Global Rise of Democratic Society presents a sweeping overview of
the forces now shaping the global debate, including citizen-led
development projects, poverty-reduction strategies that substitute
opportunity for charity, and electronically linked movements to combat
corruption and autocratic rule.
Consultant for CIVICUS-UNV Publication (application deadline 21 July 2011)
Source: UN Volunteers/CIVICUS
The consultancy contract will be managed by the Volunteerism Policy
Advisor of UNV in Bonn, Germany. The day to day management of the
consultancy will be by the CIVICUS CSI staff based in Johannesburg.
S/he will develop a joint CIVICUS-UNV publication that further explores
and defines how informal voluntary action can lead to citizen
participation in governance and connects to other new forms of civil
society and civic activism, and provides a resource to CSOs to explore
this potential engagement opportunity.
Attorney (Pretoria) and Candidate Attorney Programme (application deadline 27 July 2011)
Source: Lawyers for Human Rights
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is a leading human rights organisation
with a thirty-year track record of human rights activism and public
interest litigation in South Africa. The Refugee and Migrant Rights
Programme seeks a self-motivated admitted attorney with an interest in
constitutional and public interest litigation. LHR also invites
law graduates with an interest in human rights litigation to apply for
candidate attorney positions.
Country Manager: HIV/AIDS Services Mapping Project (application deadline 19 July 2011)
Source: HOPE (Kyrgyzstan)
Project HOPE is recruiting a Country Manager to manage and coordinate
all country-based activities under a regional HIV/AIDS services mapping
project. S/he will work with technical specialists based in
the region and in the US to conduct a comprehensive country-level
mapping exercise which will assess the availability of HIV/AIDS
services to most at-risk populations (MARPs), including training data
collectors and collecting data; reviewing and mapping existing
demographic and HIV data for respective MARPs; as well as reviewing and
mapping civil society organisations (CSOs) providing services to
Human Resources Manager
Source: Friends in Global Health (FGH)
Friends in Global Health (FGH), an affiliate of the Vanderbilt
Institute for Global Health (VIGH) at Vanderbilt University, works in
partnership with the Ministries of Health in Mozambique and Nigeria to
expand HIV/AIDS Medical Care and Treatment services. S/he will lead HR
international liaison to manage the domestic and international HR
Deputy Director, Development (application deadline 20 July 2011)
Source: Rights & Democracy, Montreal (Quebec), Canada
Rights & Democracy is a Canadian institution with an international
mandate; this independent organisation promotes, advocates for and
defends the democratic and human rights set out in the International
Bill of Human Rights. Reporting to the Director of Development, the
Deputy Director, Development is responsible for managing the team
charged with identifying and applying for external funding for Rights
& Democracy's projects and programmes, for conducting strategic
country analyses and for preparing project proposals relating to human
rights and democratic development at the international level.
effective development: Looking to Busan
Few areas of development spout as many euphemisms as aid does. The view
that resource transfers from one country to another are in fact a form
of justice for centuries of colonial exploitation, or, at least,
mutually beneficial investments, has given rise to terms like "development co-operation", "partner countries" and the like in
preference to words like "aid", "donors" and "recipients".
Judging by the continuing failure to meet pledges made and reiterated
for three decades or more, the current attempts by some to justify
further reneging on the basis of fiscal pressures and the push to
transfer responsibility to countries referred to as "emerging", it
would appear that many of the countries who committed to transfer
resources to developing countries still view these as discretionary
charity, to be delivered if and when domestic circumstances permit.
Beyond the few countries that have consistently honoured their
promises, pledges are now subject to new threats. Some have chosen to
simply default, citing economic woes. Others have blurred definitions
and timelines to maintain a semblance of compliance. In many cases
resources pledged to development have been re-directed towards trade or
security ends. And the commitments to transparency, mutual
accountability and predictability have, in the main, been thrown to the
winds. The most recent statistics, presenting a somewhat exaggerated
picture since they are uncorrected for inflation, are here
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Voices on the road to COP 17
Who should lead the fight on climate change? You should
Interview by: Elizabeth Hira, Human Rights Activist and Policy Unit Intern, CIVICUS
Mandeep Tiwana, Policy Manager at CIVICUS, discusses climate change,
COP17, and why ordinary people need to lead the fight. This is the
first in a series of conversations CIVICUS will host in the lead-up to
the 17th Conference of the Parties on the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change.
CIVICUS Webinar: Challenges facing women human rights defenders in Africa - building momentum for mobilisation
In the wake of CIVICUS' recent report on challenges faced by women
human rights defenders in Africa, the webinar will be a space to learn
about and discuss these challenges, to share experiences on
improvements or gaps that have come to light since the study and to
collectively identify areas for joint advocacy activities and
mobilisation. The webinar will take place on 27 July at 3pm GMT.
CIVICUS presents at
8th Regional Conference of the International Society for Third Sector
Research (ISTR), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Speaking from Buenos Aires this week, CIVICUS' Convening Manager,
Mariano De Donatis, said: "It is interesting to see in the programme
that in almost all the panels there is a researcher using the Civil
Society Index (CSI) findings as a tool to analyse the state of
particular aspects of civil society in this region. The CSI proves once
again its relevance as one of the unique global tools to assess our
CIVICUS holds joint press conference with Human Rights Watch on Syria
Last week CIVICUS partnered with Human Rights Watch to host a
delegation of Syrian civil society and human rights activists who were
in South Africa to garner support for a draft UN Security Council
resolution on Syria calling for an immediate end to the violence in
Syria. Since the pro-democracy protests began in March, Syrian security
forces have killed more than 1,350 protesters and innocent bystanders;
the use of torture has been widespread, including the use of
the CIVICUS blog
Don't forget Uzbekistan
Will Lasky, Eurasia Project Coordinator
After years of repression will the momentum of the Arab spring spread to Uzbekistan?
World Assembly first-timer. Should I be excited?
Lerato Pagiwa, Junior Communications Officer, CIVICUS
As a young person at the start of what I hope will be an empowering and
successful career in the field of civil society and development, I find
myself in a very unique position: being selected to attend my very
first global gathering of civil society actors in Montreal.
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From the CIVICUS
Talking 'bout a revolution. Civil society? Um, not around right now...
The streets of Tunis are vibrant. Sellers hawking cheap goods imported
from China cram the sidewalks, an impossible scene pre-revolution. As I
walked the streets this evening, my Tunisian friend working in human
rights told me of the changes since the tumultuous events of January
14. Tunis NGOs are now free to operate in areas outside the city;
within the city, they can now host workshops in venues such as hotels,
an act that was previously prohibited.
this post and others from leading commentators around the globe on key
civil society issues in the World Assembly Blog.
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Israel Bans Boycotts Against the State
The Israeli Parliament on Monday passed contentious legislation that
effectively bans any public call for a boycott against the state of
Israel or its West Bank settlements, making such action a punishable
offense. Critics and civil rights groups denounced the new law as
antidemocratic and a flagrant assault on the freedom of expression and
US violated Egypt's sovereignty by offering funds to NGOs, says minister
Source: ALMASRY AL YOUM
The United States has violated Egypt's sovereignty by offering funding
to Egyptian civil institutions, organizations and associations without
properly consulting the government, said Egyptian Minister of
Solidarity and Social Justice Gouda Abdel Khaliq on Wednesday. In a
press statement, Abdel Khaliq said that his ministry has managed to
track the flow of US funds to Egyptian groups in violation of Egyptian
law. Abdel Khaliq warned civil society associations and NGOs against
applying for foreign grants.
Rich nations risk breaking their pledges on farming aid, says anti-poverty group
Source: The Guardian
According to the ONE campaign, only a fifth of money promised in 2009 to the world's poorest countries has been delivered.
U.N. seeks controls on private armies
Governments and NGOs are being urged to question the accountability of military spend.
Can we balance our books on the backs of the poorest?
CIVICUS' Ingrid Srinath spoke with Justin Kilcullen of Trocaire on the
topic "If We Were Brave - Leadership Beyond Budget Cuts", looking at
overseas development aid and the debate sparked by national healthcare
cutbacks in Ireland.
Political demonstration in Malaysia: Crackdown in Kuala Lumpur
Source: The Economist
The government's heavy-handed approach to a peaceful protest belies deep anxiety.
With a grave human rights situation in Belarus at stake, civil society activists make their plea to OSCE
From a country so repressed that a dissenting word against government
will result in a prison sentence, Yuri Dzhibladze, Founder and
President of the Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human
Rights in Moscow, writes why the international community must not
The Millennium Development Goals Report 2011
Source: United Nations
The 2011 Millennium Development Goals Report was released on 7 July
with a generally upbeat assessment accompanied by some caveats.
Getting Away with Torture: Report
Source: Human Rights Watch
The Bush administration and mistreatment of detainees
State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2011: Report
Source: Minority Rights Group International
Researchers analyse the state of the world's minorities and indigenous people and reveal some unsettling results.
Call for Contributions: GCAP: "The World We Want" report
Source: The Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
By developing an annual World We Want Report and launching it on the
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, GCAP will provide a
lobbying tool for civil society to present to political decision
makers; a roadmap for achieving the MDGs and eradicating the structural
causes of poverty and inequality - based on existing successes and
knowledge of what works in transforming existing systems of exclusion.
Deadline for contributions: 25 July 2011.
More information email: caitlin.blaser[at]whiteband.org
Call for Papers: Engendering Economic Policy in Africa
Source: Feminist Economics
This special issue, planned for online publication in 2014 and print
publication in 2015, will bring together new research aimed at
challenging and improving economic policies in Africa. The submission
deadline is 1 September 2011.
Positive change in action campaign
Source: 1001 Stories of Common Ground
Enter and submit your original article, photo or video showing positive
change in the Arab world. The winning entries to www.1001cgstories.org
will win a $500 grant. The deadline has been extended to 15 July 2011.