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8 December 2011
Edition No: 565



Share best practices to promote & protect the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
Source: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association is calling for input on best practices to promote and protect these rights. Inputs will be incorporated into his report to the UN Human Rights Council and the deadline to submit is 20 January 2012.
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Youth in action: A snapshot of democracy
Source: World Youth Movement for Democracy

After receiving hundreds of submissions, 15 semi-finalists of the World Youth Movement for Democracy’s Global Photo Contest “Youth in Action: A Snapshot of Democracy” have been selected. Now, it is time for you to have a say and select your favourite photos!
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Three days to save our dying planet
Source: Avaaz.org

Our oceans are dying, our air changing and our forests and grasslands turning to deserts. From fish and plants to wildlife and human beings, we are killing the planet that sustains us and fast. There is one single greatest cause of this destruction of the natural world -- climate change-- and in the next 3 days, we have a chance to stop it.
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Extreme poverty is violence: Breaking the silence(26 January 2012, UNESCO House, Paris)
Source: International Movement ATD Fourth World

This colloquium ties in with on-going debates on achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the nature of a possible successor framework after 2015. It will give participants the opportunity to learn more about links between extreme poverty and violence and to share their own experience and expertise in this field.
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Prospect Research & Management Officer (Application deadline: 16 December 2011)
Source: Women for Women International

The Prospect Research & Management Coordinator will lead efforts to research funding prospects including:  researching and identifying donor prospects, communicating those prospects to the department; tracking donors and prospects and managing the donor pipeline; and recommending funding opportunities.
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Project Coordinator (Application deadline: 23 December 2011)
Source: Transparency International

The Project Coordinator will mainly coordinate the establishment, operations and sustainability of the 5 francophone Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres in Madagascar, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal and Cameroun. 
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RegionalHR Partners for Asia Pacific and Africa Madagascar (Application deadline 31 December 2011)
Source: WWF International

The incumbents will be responsible for providing strategic HR guidance and support to WWF International’s Programme Offices in their region. They will work under the supervision of the  Head of HR Services & Field Support based in the Secretariat, implementing best-practice policies for talent acquisition and retention, compensation and benefits, staff development, performance management and leadership development.
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Director (Application deadline 02 January 2012)
Source: Transparency & Accountability Initiative

We are seeking to recruit an exceptional candidate with a proven ability to lead teams, interact with high-level stakeholders, and deliver results. You will possess exceptional interpersonal skills, especially communications and relationship management. An ability to work independently and perform as a self-starter who can take initiative with minimal supervision is essential, as is an ability to work under pressure and on a range of tasks while meeting deadlines.
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Managing Director (Application deadline 08 January 2012)
Source: Publish What You Fund

Dynamic and passionate leader needed for global campaign organisation focusing on international transparency of aid. This role involves strategic leadership of a small, driven and enthusiastic team, public representation and liaison with key campaign partners.
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Senior Analyst (Application deadline 13 January 2012)
Source: Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is looking to recruit a highly competent, proactive and self-driven person to fill the position of Senior Analyst. Working in close collaboration with the small Research Department she/he will contribute to the effective and efficient production and delivery of the Ibrahim Index and Ibrahim Forum.
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Legal Officer (Application deadline 15 January 2012)
Source: IHRDA

The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) is seeking to recruit a Legal Officer with litigation, legal research and drafting skills, along with a knowledge of and familiarity with the African human rights system.
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Social Media Director (Application Deadline January 31 2012)
Source: Community in Action

Community in Action is a grassroots non-profit non-governmental organisation (NGO) located in one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela (slum) communities. Our mission is to offer vocational and cultural classes for students of all ages, as well as personal development opportunities for volunteers.
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Professionalism, organisation, seriousness, work and creativity do pay
Henri Valot, CIVICUS' Director Of Outreach writes of  “Things seen” in Busan


Netsanet Belay and I represented CIVICUS at the last OECD High Level Forum 4 on aid effectiveness in Busan, South Korea. We spent 10 days in this surprising and impressive country (one of the poorest Asian countries 50 years ago and the 15th largest economy of the world today) and participated in the Busan Civil Society Forum (26-28 November), together with 500 civil society representatives and the official event (29 November - 1 December), where 300 of us were accredited.

The Civil Society Forum, jointly organised by Better Aid, the Open Forum and our host Kofid, helped to prepare for the OECD event. Plenaries and workshops were used to finalise engagement strategies. A diverse crowd, representing the whole spectrum of civil society and 100 countries, was there: trade unions, peasant and farmer organisations, women’s organisation, youth, indigenous people, large NGOs, transnational social movements and others. The OECD event was much bigger, with 3000 participants. Civil society was there: in the plenaries, in the thematic events, in the workshops and most importantly in the negotiating room!

We will need some time to assess collectively our success in Busan. And we actually are in this awkward position: we are eager to criticize a text (the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation), that we contributed to author. We are as much in the tent as we are out.

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2011 - The year of voluntary action
Andrew Firmin

International Volunteer Day, and the culmination of the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, offers an opportunity to emphasise the important role of volunteerism in civic life.
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Crisis Response Fund

From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street protests, 2011 will be remembered as the year we realised the power we hold to change the world. It is the year that ordinary people became human rights activists. It is the year that you and I stood up and demanded to be counted. With this great power in our hands comes a responsibility to each other.We now ask you to join our fight.
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The Human Rights situation in the Syria Arab Republic

CIVICUS commends the timely report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic and would like to point out that the report clearly details how Syrian security forces have, since the start of the nationwide protests, repeatedly and indiscriminately used firearms to kill and maim hundreds of demonstrators for merely exercising their right to peaceful protest.
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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence: 16 stories to raise awareness and use technology to end gender-based violence

CIVICUS has joined with the Crisis Coalition In Zimbabwe and Women's Net to recognise the 16 days of activism against gender violence by telling 16 stories to raise awareness and use technology to end gender-based violence.

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Member's corner

Pouvoir au people - le pouvoirest le notre (Power to the People, the power is ours)
Reflections from COP 17 by Samir Abi(en Français)

Mes premiers mots zulu appris aujourd’hui à la grande marche pour la justice climatique qui a réunie 10 000 militant-e-s ce midi à Durban. L’émotion était au rendez-vous. Partager ces moments avec des militant-e-s qui la plupart ont fait leurs premières armes dans la lutte contre l’apartheid.
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Voices from COP17

CIVICUS has collected short interviews with many of those attending COP17 in Durban. Check them out on our YouTube channel.

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Echoes from Durban: Civil society leaders say we are living in a “crime scene”
David Kode

On 3 December 2011, thousands of citizens descended on the streets of Durban to call on governments to take action on climate change while negotiators struggled to reach an agreement during COP 17 talks.
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Climate justice activists attacked
Report on the Global Day of Action by Rehad Desai

Mike Sutcliffe, the City Manager of Durban Metro was forced to back down on his insistence over four months that theGlobal Day of Action against climate change march would only comprise 100 people. Failing in that attempt he went on to insist that the march route stay out of Durban central business district. He then reneged as CI7’s lawyers pushed him into a corner, where he was forced to accept the march route that was originally proposed by civil society.
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Voices from Busan

BetterAid statement on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
Source: Better Aid

The Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF4) has come to a close and the 18 Sherpas elected to represent a wide group of stakeholders, including civil society, reached an agreement on the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Civil society organizations, through the Better Aid platform, react to the document.
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Busan Partnership a compromise, says civil society
Source: Open Forum for Development Effectiveness

"By participating in high level negotiations on aid and development for the first time, people’s organisations can take credit for cementing democratic ownership and human rights in the Busan Outcome Document – but more works needs to be done on advancing favourable conditions for civil society," said Open Forum co-chair Emele Duituturaga in response to the newly agreed Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
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Busan skirts gender equality
Source: IPS

Gender champions have lauded the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness for providing gender equality and the empowerment of women a special session, but there is dissatisfaction with Thursday’s Busan outcome document. Although the document alluded to gender equality, experts feel that the scope is narrow and does not really touch the core issues that can be catalytic to the empowerment of women.
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Russia: Respect right to peaceful protest

Source: Human Rights Watch

As protests in Moscow escalate, the authorities are still failing to comply with their human rights obligations. In particular the authorities’ response continues to violate rights of freedom of assembly, expression, liberty, and security as well as due process rights. On the night of 6 December, after an unsanctioned protest on Triumfalnaya Sq., almost 600 people, according to official records, were detained by police and taken to various police precincts around Moscow.
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Nigerian bill criminalises more than just gay people
Source: IPS

The Nigerian Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, which must pass the House of Representatives and be signed by the president before becoming law, would diminish the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Nigerians even further, as banning same-sex marriages and civil unions is just the tip of the iceberg. "Any person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisation, or directly or indirectly make public show of same sex amorous relationship in Nigeria" is liable to be imprisoned for 10 years, the bill says.
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U.S. inaction on climate is "criminal", activists say
Source: IPS

The United States' delegation at the 17th annual Conference of the Parties (COP) on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCC) in Durban, South Africa has come under heavy fire from civil society leaders and activists around the globe for standing in the way of real solutions to climate change.
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Syrian blogger arrested as crackdown continues
Source: Amnesty International

The arrest of a prominent Syrian-American blogger, apparently for her peaceful pro-reform activities, is another step backwards for the Syrian regime, Amnesty International said today.Razan Ghazzawi, aged 31, was arrested by Syrian immigration police at the Syrian-Jordanian border on Sunday. She was on her way to the Jordanian capital, Amman, to attend a workshop on media freedom in the Arab world.
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African NGO abandons diamond vetting scheme
Source: OneWorld South Asia

An NGO Global Witness has left the Kimberley Process over its failure to address violence driven by diamond trade in African countries. The Kimberley Process is an international certification scheme established in 2003 to stop trade of blood diamonds.
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Systematic intimidation of Somali trade unionists
Source: International Trade Union Confederation

According to information received by the ITUC, on Wednesday 16 November, the Somali Minister of Labour instructed the Director of his Cabinet to write to the Somali Criminal Investigations Department (CID), to report "illegal activities" of Somali trade unions, in order for criminal investigations to be initiated. The ITUC has supported the National Union of Somali Journalist (NUSOJ), which is affiliated to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), in its strong protest against the systematic intimidation of Somali trade unionists.
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"If women donot get their rights, this is not a democracy"
Source: Women’s Learning Partnership

In the weeks leading up to Monday’s historic election in Egypt, the Women’s Learning Partnership talked with leading Egyptian women’s rights activist Amal Abdel Hadi about the upcoming elections and the future of women’s rights in the country.
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Africa can make significant progress towards the MDGs
Source: The Guardian

Rapid progress towards the millennium development goals is achievable for Africa through harnessing the interaction that is already taking place between citizens and the state.
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Feature

NGOs: Is the dream over?
Source: Alliance Magazine

After a long decade of growth and international recognition of the role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in fostering democracy, advancing social justice and participating in public policies, just to name a few, there are signs that the times are changing. Are Brazil and Israel just the tipping point of a broader phenomenon or isolated cases?
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2011 CIVICUS World Assembly report


Over 800 people attended the 2011 CIVICUS World Assembly discussions on “Civil Society and Global Decision Making: Doing It Better”. Find out more about the event in the final report available in English and French!
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United Nations Volunteering releases report on the global state of volunteering
Source: United Nations Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme launchedthe very first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) on 5 December 2011.
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Saudi Arabia: Protesters and reformists targeted in name of security
Source: Amnesty International

The last nine months has seen a new wave of repression in Saudi Arabia as authorities have cracked down on protesters and reformists on security grounds, Amnesty International said this week. In a new report “Saudi Arabia: Repression in the Name of Security”, the organisation says hundreds of people have been arrested for demonstrating, while the government has drafted an anti-terror law that would effectively criminalise dissent as a "terrorist crime” and further strip away rights from those accused of such offences.
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Outing the Oligarchy: Billionaires who benefit from today’s climate crisis
Source: The International Forum on Globalisation

The International Forum on Globalisation (IFG) released a special report entitled “Outing the Oligarchy: Billionaires Who Benefit From Today’s Climate Crisis,” which identifies the world’s wealthiest 50 individuals whose investments benefit from climate change and whose influence networks block efforts to phase out pollution from fossil fuels.
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Call for Proposals: Civic education and e-learning course
Source: Commonwealth Foundation

The Commonwealth Foundation is currently inviting proposals for organisations on civic education and e-learning. Applicants should have extensive knowledge of civic education for adults and/or extensive knowledge of e-learning course development for adult audiences.
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Ford Motor Company International Fellowship
Source: 92nd Street Y

The 2013 Ford Motor Company International Fellowship of 92nd Street Y is accepting applications from community leaders who are citizens and residents of China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Israel, Lesotho, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Africa and Swaziland.
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Call for proposals for small grants to civil society organisations in Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi and South Africa
Source: Freedom House Southern Africa

Through our Justice as a Right in Southern Africa program, Freedom House Southern Africa (FHSA) is responding to a range of growing threats to the rule of law in the region. FHSA is launching this call for proposals for small grants to civil society organisations in Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi and South Africa.
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UN Women’s call for proposals for the UN Trust Fund
Source: Funds for NGOs

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, UN Women announced the availability of grant support to NGOs under the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.
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Call for Applications: Oxford OSCF Scholarship Programme
Source: Open Society Foundation and Oxford University

Open Society Foundations in association with the University of Oxford is inviting applications for the scholarship program 2012-13 to provide outstanding students an opportunity to pursue one-year taught postgraduate courses of study at the University of Oxford in subjects relevant to the needs of their countries
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Call for Research Proposals
Source: Transparency and Accountability Initiative

Transparency and Accountability Initiative (T/AI) is currently inviting multi-year researchproposals from research or evaluation institutions or consortia on the impact of T/A interventions. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will fund the research work. The overall objective of this research initiative is to enhance knowledge and understanding about T/A interventions.
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