Support the Social
Protection Floor Initiative
Knowing that more than 1.4 billion people still struggle to live on
less than $1.25 a day (World Bank), it is obvious that much more must
be done to eradicate the scourge of extreme poverty. The International
Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO)
coordinate the Social Protection Floor Initiative (SPF-I) as a joint UN
effort to build a global coalition committed to supporting countries in
building national social protection floors for their citizens. Get
Bolivia: Stop the
On Sunday, Bolivian police used tear gas and truncheons to crack down
on indigenous men, women and children marching against an illegal
mega-highway that will slice through the protected Amazon rainforest.
Only if the world stands with these brave indigenous people can we
ensure the highway is rerouted and the forest is protected.
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Busan CSO pre-event;
Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness
Open Forum, BetterAid and KoFID are pleased to announce that
registration is now open for the Global Civil Society Forum: 26, 27 and
28 November 2011 in Busan, South Korea - just ahead of the Fourth High
Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) on 29 November to 1 December.
Europe, 3-4 November, Vienna, Austria
The eCampaigning Forum is a place for you to learn about e-campaigning
in practice from practitioners. Within the open agenda you can share
ideas and effective strategies with peers.
Democracy? Civil Society and Accountable Global Governance
Jan Aart Scholte
Global governance bodies are "proliferating and growing in
significance". However, unlike states, which are accountable to their
citizens, the accountability of global governance bodies is uncertain.
Jan Aart Scholte, Professor in the Department of Politics and
International Relations at the University of Warwick, argues in
Building Global Democracy? Civil Society and Accountable Global
Governance that without being held accountable, global governance
bodies will fail to achieve their purposes, generate limited support
and undermine core societal values.
(application deadline 22 October 2011)
Panos Caribbean is a regional organisation serving the wider Caribbean
region in the field of communications and development. The successful
candidate will have the opportunity to lead a vibrant and innovative
organisation and to help shape its future strategies and programmes.
Organisational Communications Officer (application deadline 9 October
Greenpeace, South-East Asia
Greenpeace, one of the world's leading environmental campaigning
organisations, is looking for a Regional Organisational Communications
Officer. The Regional Communications Officer reports to the Regional
Communications Manager and is in charge of developing and implementing
communications strategies that will deliver targeted messages to key
audiences, toward the achievement of the organisation's goals.
Evaluation and Learning Consultancy (application deadline: 7 October
Transparency International (TI) is inviting expressions of interest
from highly experienced consultants to design a monitoring, evaluation
and learning framework and supporting tool(s) to support the
implementation of a wide-ranging Institutional Network Strengthening
Programme, with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region.
use a water pistol to stop a charging rhino
This week saw some of the world's largest and most powerful
institutions host their annual meetings. At the United Nations, the
World Bank and the International Monetary Fund global leaders conferred
with each other and with experts and representatives from academia,
business, media and civil society on the critical economic, social,
political and ecological issues that loom ever larger.
You would imagine, given the urgency of the crises, that leaders would
transcend short-term sectoral, national and ideological boundaries to
find solutions bold enough to make some dent in the problems that
confront us. What emerged was best described by Paul Krugman's words in
a slightly different context: trying
to use a water pistol to stop a charging rhino.
those charged with governing our planet continue to prioritise those
"too big to fail" over those "too small to count", the words of Laila
Iskandar, Managing Director, Community and Institutional Development Group,
Egypt, at the IMF-World Bank-civil society town hall meeting offered a
refreshing change of tone. I hope you will find them as inspiring as I
did. The video version is available here.
IMF-World Bank civil society town hall meeting
Remarks by Laila
Iskandar, Chairperson, CID Consulting (a social enterprise in Cairo,
Egypt), Board Chair, Spirit of Youth NGO in Cairo (situated in the
garbage collectors' neighbourhood of Manchiyet Nasser), and Member,
Global Recyclers without Borders Network
From the global CSO community we bring you news of our work with
millions of people on six continents. We have tested innovative
approaches such as mobile banking and others. We have documented
best practice, shared it and been responsive to changing realities of
real people in communities. We have professionalised our practice,
modernised our methods and transferred our know-how across boundaries
and regions. We have formed global coalitions, adopted a unified
vision, agreed on and advocated on global issues.
Joint letter to
Secretary of State Clinton regarding Uzbekistan
CIVICUS joined Human Rights Watch and other civil society organisations
to sign a joint letter to the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on
the situation in Uzbekistan.
CIVICUS at the UN:
Human Rights situations that require the Council's attention
During the recent 10th CIVICUS World Assembly of (10-12 September) our
members and partners on the ground asked us to bring to the UN Human
Rights Council their strong concerns on Syria, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
Oral Report of the
High Commissioner on the status of human rights in Belarus
This report was delivered on behalf of the Youth Human Rights Movement
by Ana Dobrovolskaya at the 18th session of the Human Rights Council on
Adoption of the
Universal Periodic Review Report on Sudan
This is a joint statement by CIVICUS, the Arab NGO Network for
Development and the Sudanese National Civic Forum, the Human Rights and
Legal Aids Network in Sudan, the Sudanese Gender Research Centre, the
Child's Center in Sudan, and the Sudanese Development Initiative.
Reduce military expenditure and invest in
health, education and technology - Gumbonzvanda makes the call at UN
Founder and Chairperson of the Rozaria Memorial Trust, Nyaradzayi
Gumbonzvanda, gave a strong and impassioned statement at a special
event on Women and Children's Health during the 66th Session of the
United Nations General Assembly. She called on governments and partners
to invest in women and girls, reduce military expenditure and end all
wars. She addressed the meeting as the General Secretary of the World
YWCA, representing the voices of civil society.
Voices on the road
to COP 17
energy future heading down a dark tunnel
The Conference of Energy Ministers in Africa - a two-year-old
institution recognised by the African Union and donors as the official
voice of Africa's energy future – recently met for the second time and
released a new declaration that can fairly be called double-speak. The
first half of the declaration is so great, it could have been written
by a Nelson Mandela of energy. It outlines the brutal reality of
Africa's energy poverty and the goals for universal access to
sustainable energy across Africa by 2030.
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Kenya's Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai dies
Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai, the first African woman
to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, has died of cancer aged 71, her
family said Monday. "It is with great sadness that the family of
Professor Wangari Maathai announces her passing away on 25th September
2011 at the Nairobi hospital after a prolonged and bravely borne
struggle with cancer," said a statement issued via the Green Belt
Movement she founded.
repression of indigenous marchers in Yucumo
It has been more than a month since a group of indigenous protesters
from the Indigenous Territory and National Park Isiboro SÚcure (TIPNIS
in Spanish) started their 500km march with the goal of reaching the
seat of government in La Paz to express their opposition to the planned
highway construction through their land.
Sentencing to prison
of lawyer Moses Richards, a chilling message to the Gambian human
Source: Africa News
On 19 September 2011, Gambian lawyer Moses Richards, former High Court
Judge at the Special Criminal Division, who is known for defending
victims of human rights abuses in politically sensitive cases, was
convicted and sentenced to two years' imprisonment with hard labour by
Principal Magistrate Taiwo Ade Alagbe of the Banjul Magistrates' Court
on charges of "sedition" and "giving false information" to a public
officer. He was immediately arrested and jailed in Mile Two prison.
'Secrecy Bill' a
step backwards for Africa
Source: IPS News
Critics call it "the Secrecy Bill". And it comes at a time when several
African countries are adopting promising new legislation on access to
information. But campaigners say South Africa's draft Protection of
Information Bill represents a step backwards. Intended to replace an
apartheid-era law on official secrets, the Protection of Information
Bill has faced severe criticism from opposition parties, journalists
and ordinary citizens. They have challenged the broad powers initially
granted government to classify information as secret and a vague
definition of "national interest" that justifies classification.
Saudi Arabia: Women
to vote, join Shura council
King Abdullah's announcement that women will be able to participate in
municipal elections in 2015 and become members of the consultative
Shura Council is a long-overdue step toward greater participation of
women in public life, says Human Rights Watch. In his statement on 25
September 2011, Abdullah made no reference to reforming other areas of
discrimination against women, such as the guardianship system that
authorises male control over women and the ban on women driving.
against tax havens, HSBC and Switzerland
On 23 September, the movement 15-M in Madrid protested against tax
havens and the secret accounts of the Spanish rich in Switzerland. The
working group of Economics of the "indignants" movement 15-M and other
associations have protested outside the headquarters of HSBC bank in
Madrid to request that it identifies the 659 persons of Spanish
nationality who hold secret accounts in Switzerland.
New Cambodian law
cracking down on NGOs
Source: ABC News
NGOs are lobbying the Australian Government to help stop Cambodia from
implementing the law that they say will restrict their activities and
freedom of speech. The Cambodian government has completed a third draft
of its new law which would make registrations mandatory for NGOs with
no transparent appeals process.
Conflict risk alert:
Stopping the spread of Sudan's new civil war
Source: International Crisis Group
Civil war is spreading in Sudan, and concerted international action is
needed to stem the violence and prevent it from engulfing the entire
country and the wider region. Khartoum's most recent military offensive
- this time in Blue Nile state - adds to fresh fighting between
government and opposition forces in Southern Kordofan and recent
hostilities in Abyei. With hundreds of thousands of people displaced,
at least 20,000 of whom have fled into Ethiopia from Blue Nile in
recent days, the growing war on multiple fronts poses serious dangers
for the country, for its future relationship with the Republic of South
Sudan and for the stability of the region as a whole.
A tribute from
Cyril Ritchie, after 36 years of
friendship with Maathai*
The world is today a poorer
place, following the immensely regretted
death of Wangari Maathai, an
outstanding woman, an outstanding
humanist, an outstanding innovator, an
outstanding civil society activist,
an outstanding leader. And an
outstanding mother to outstanding
children, to whom I convey my
emotional solidarity and support.
Towards a New
Republic of Sudan
This report originates from a view shared by the authors that the
myriad challenges facing the future Republic of Sudan require a more
comprehensive and holistic approach, to be adopted by both Sudanese and
the international community.
2005-2010: Progress in Implementing the Paris Declaration"
The report "Aid Effectiveness 2005-2010: Progress in Implementing the
Paris Declaration", released yesterday by the OECD, finds that donors
have made less effort and less progress than developing countries in
implementing aid effectiveness commitments since 2005, even though the
commitments demanded less from donors.
involvement in ICANN: Strengthening future civil society influence in
Association for Progressive Communications
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
occupies a unique role in that it manages a global public resource (the
Internet's domain name addressing space), but it shares this
responsibility between businesses, governments and civil society
participants from many nations. It represents a unique blend of
"multi-stakeholderism" governance. This paper investigates ICANN's
processes, the role of civil society within decision-making and
highlights lessons learned from this multi-stakeholderism experiment as
well as recommendations for future similar initiatives.
Call for Proposals: Joint MFS II evaluations
Science for Global Development
On 19 September 2011 NWO-WOTRO launched three international calls for
proposals concerning the joint MFS II evaluations. MFS II is the
2011-2015 grant framework for Dutch co-financing agencies (CFA's)
directed at achieving poverty reduction and sustainable development.
The respective deadlines for submission are 31 October, 1 November and
2 November 2011.
applications: Global south scholars-in-residence and global south
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies,
Geneva, is pleased to announce opportunities for researchers and
professors from Southern Universities through the Global South
Scholars-in-Residence, occurring in spring 2012 in Geneva (Application
Deadline: 1 October 2011). The programme is dedicated to young
university teachers from Africa, Asia and Latin America working in
disciplines related to international and development studies.