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with Chen Guancheng
Human rights defender Mr Chen Guangcheng, along with his wife Ms Yuan
Weijing, his mother and six-year old daughter, have been under house
arrest for almost a year, during which time they have been completely
isolated from the outside world and forced to endure severe food
shortages as none of the family is being permitted to leave the
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NGO Aid Map Survey
(responses requested by 6 December)
Interaction is conducting a survey to see how
we're doing with NGO Aid Map, an InterAction initiative focused on
collecting information on NGOs' work at the project level and making it
accessible to donors, NGOs, businesses, governments and the public
through an online, interactive mapping tool.
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Global Women's Forum
at the Busan Global Civil Society Forum (26- 27 November 2011)
Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development
This forum will bring women's rights groups and other civil society
groups together to review the impact of the Aid/ Development
Effectiveness agenda on women's rights and to plan strategy and
interventions within the High Level Forum to advance women's rights.
National Summit for
the Charitable and Non-profit Sector (28-30 November)
The National Summit for the Charitable and Non-profit Sector is
bringing together leaders from across sub-sectors and from across
Canada. Most of the issues that the summit is dealing with are
universal and international groups and organisations are invited to
registration: NGO CSW 56 (2012) Consultation Day and NGO Parallel
Events (26 February 2012)
Source: Women Lobby
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY
(NGO/CSW/NY) is organising an NGO CSW Forum that includes an NGO
Consultation Day and NGO Parallel Events during the annual UN
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting in New York.
Officer (Application deadline 21 November 2011)
Norwegian Church Aid
Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) is a faith-based Norwegian NGO, working for
global justice. In line with our new mandate as a policy office for
Southern Africa, we are now recruiting a Senior Policy Officer for
Gender Justice to be based in Pretoria
Human Rights Officer
(Application deadline 21 November 2011)
Source: OHCHR - Nepal
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human
Rights in Nepal is looking for a Human Rights Officer.
Officer (Application deadline 22 November 2011)
Democracy Development Programme
The DDP seeks to appoint a Community Project Officer - Local Governance
and Public Participation, based in Durban. S/he will ensure that the
DDP is recognised as a leading NGO with regards to good governance and
capacity building in the local governance sector.
Development Coordinator/Accountability (application deadline 4 December
Working in Amnesty's International Mobilization Programme (IMP), you'll
coordinate the identification of capacity building needs of AI
membership entities and the delivery or coordination of
capacity-building interventions in order to achieve the human rights
and growth goals of the movement in the global south and east.
The clothes have no emperor
I recently heard Al Gore use the phrase "The clothes have no emperor"
to describe the current situation in global governance. A book with that title
catalogued the presidency of Ronald Reagan accusing the American public
and the media of "conspiring to pretend that an actor wasn’t playing
the role of President of the United States."
In the aftermath of the recent G-20 summit in France and the
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia - both noteworthy
for the continuing lack of substantive action on financial sector
reform, climate negotiations, trade and the reform of international
institutions - the description seems increasingly apt. And nothing in
the prognoses for the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in
South Korea and the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in South
Africa, scheduled for later this month, suggests that the
characterisation will need revision in their wake.
Despite the fervent
of UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon to the leaders of the
G-20 to "not overlook the most vulnerable people, live up to past
pledges, recognise that pro-poor investment is smart investment, for
all" and his reiteration of the need for "concerted international
action of the same scope the G20 took in 2009 in London,” the summit
produced little coherent action on his specific pleas for innovative
financing for development to supplement Official Development Assistance
or policies that address rampant, structural unemployment.
Call for "Snapshots"
From jailed human rights defenders in Belarus to anti-corruption
campaigners in India to disaster relief workers in Japan and in East
Africa to angry protesters in Tahrir Square to the activists involved
in the Occupy Wall Street movement, we want to capture the tales of the
individuals that witnessed, participated and commented on the events
that defined 2011.
rights in Venezuela - Crisis Response Fund appeal
Human Rights Defender Dr Humberto Prado Sifontes, director of Venezuela
Prison Watch (OVP), is committed to changing Venezuelan public prison
policy. Over 400 inmates, 1-2% of the prison population, are killed per
year. Many more are subjected to cruel, inhumane treatment and torture.
We need your help to support his work.
TCFF and EHHR launch
online film festival
Tri Continental Film Festival in partnership with Every Human Has
Rights is launching a commemorative International Human Rights Day
online film festival on 16 November 2011, making them pioneers
among human rights organisations in offering free access to
award-winning documentary films.
with Billy Mayaya
Billy Mayaya, Programme Manager, Church and Society (CCAP Nkohma
Synod), at the human Rights and advocacy department of the Presbyterian
Church in Malawi, spoke to CIVICUS about the current political
situation in the country and the targeted threats to civil society
On the road to COP17
Durban COP17- Conference of the Polluters
All roads lead to Durban this month for the Conference of Partners, COP
17, but not without daggers drawn. Civil society on the one hand is
coming out guns blazing to face the industrial giants of the first
world while the third world on the other wants its hoarse voice to be
On the road to Busan
Interview with Ahmed Swapan Mahmud
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud of Voice in Bangladesh conducted this interview on
development effectiveness and BetterAid during the CIVICUS World
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Bill is a ‘shameful moment’ for Israel
Immediately after the Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation’s
vote in favour of two bills limiting foreign governments' donations to
NGOs on Sunday, civil rights groups and left-wing NGOs – who stand to
see a substantial cut in funding – were unanimous in attacking the
society launches campaign to reform international aid to Palestine in
run up to Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness
Dalia Association and other Palestinian NGOs join the global movement
for aid reform by launching a campaign to enable Palestinians to claim
their rights to self-determination in development. Campaign organisers
argue that international aid should not be delivered in ways that
further undermine local priorities, capacities and ownership.
Letter to President
Barack Obama from civil society representatives in LRA-affected areas
of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and South
20 civil society groups in northern Congo, Central African Republic,
and South Sudan write to President Obama, in regards to the
announcement by the Obama administration to send 100 military advisors
to counter the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Aid policy: Donors
still far from transparent
Source: IRIN News
When nations gather in Busan, South Korea, for the fourth High Level
Forum on Aid Effectiveness, transparency will be up for discussion. A
study by campaign group Publish What You Fund finds that most
international aid donors are still not open enough about their aid
programmes and some offer no information at all.
Civil society: The
solution to Latin America’s neglected refugee crisis?
Last week at the US Institute of Peace (USIP), members of civil society
and government met to discuss one of the world’s most pernicious, and
least well-known, displacement crises. Unlike the situations in Iraq,
the Democratic Republic of Congo, or Sudan, the 5.4 million displaced
persons in Latin America rarely grab global headlines. But their
numbers are staggering and their plight is serious.
continued violence risks spread of conflict
International Trade Union Confederation
With more than 3,000 people killed to date, the Syrian authorities show
no sign of seeking a peaceful end to the violent repression engulfing
the country. Despite mediation efforts by Turkey, and an agreement with
the Assad regime brokered by the Arab League, the President’s security
forces are continuing to kill innocent civilians engaged in peaceful
journalism is reshaping media and democracy
Working with 14 other clandestine reporters in the Nuba Mountains of
Sudan, citizen journalist Ryan Boyette and his colleagues have been
documenting Sudanese government atrocities by gathering testimonies,
photos and video from survivors and eyewitnesses.
Just how much can
the state restrict a peaceful protest?
As protests supporting Occupy Wall Street have swelled in recent weeks,
hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested across the U.S. This
weekend, nearly 100 people were arrested in New York and 175 in
Chicago. More than 100 protesters were arrested in Boston last week; a
few weeks ago, 700 were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. So, if the
First Amendment guarantees the right to peaceable assembly, why do
peaceful protestors keep getting arrested - and sometimes
pepper-sprayed and beaten up?
& media toolkit for HLF4
Forum for Development Effectiveness
BetterAid and Open Forum are glad to share the National Advocacy and
Media Toolkit for Busan HLF4 for use in the run up to and during the
4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) and the Busan Civil
Society Forum that precedes it. The Toolkit is intended to support
national advocacy and media activities.
2011 Pilot Aid
What You Fund
The majority of international aid donors are not publishing enough
information about the money they give, undermining the effectiveness of
development spending and damaging public trust, according to a new
report released today by Publish What You Fund. The report comes just 2
weeks before a key international meeting on aid effectiveness in Busan,
Calls for civil society projects focused on poverty reduction in Latin
America and the Caribbean
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
IDB is calling for civil society organizations to submit projects that
support poverty reduction and social development in Latin America and
the Caribbean. The call is for projects to develop low-income
communities and provide sustainable poverty reduction in 26 countries
in the region. Proposals must be submitted by 31 December 2011.
Call for papers: The
EU and China - Partners for a Green World
Source: Le Réseau Asie-Pacifique
Identifying opportunities for, and hurdles to,
over attempts to make the world economy greener is the topic of an
upcoming international conference organised jointly by the College of
Europe and the Madariaga – College of Europe Foundation. A panel during
the conference will focus on public diplomacy and civil society
dialogue in relation to green economy, environment protection and
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