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19 January 2012
Edition No: 568

Youth Engagement in the U.N. System
Source: Global Youth Desk

Global Youth Help Desk is hosting an eDiscussion on the issue of Youth Engagement in the UN. The forum is open for all to register and to participate. The first event is a general discussion pertaining to youth awareness, participation and development over the course of the International Year of Youth.
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2012 IFES Photography Contest
Source: The International Foundation for Electoral Systems

The contest is divided into two categories: one open to the public and another open exclusively to IFES employees including former employees, interns and consultants. One winner and as many as ten finalists will be named for each category. The winner of each category will receive $600 (USD).
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Observing World Interfaith Harmony Week
Source: World Interfaith Harmony Week

In observance of World Interfaith Harmony Week initiated by the UN General Assembly, organizations worldwide are invited to host an interfaith breakfast between 1 - 7 February 2012.
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World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012
Source: World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 will convene under the theme "The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models," whereby leaders return to their core purpose of defining what the future should look like, aligning stakeholders around that vision and inspiring their institutions to realize that vision. 
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Governance advisor: Affiliate support (Application Deadline 24 January 2012)
Source: Action Aid

ActionAid seeks to appoint a Governance Advisor - Affiliate Support, based in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Brussels or London. S/he will report to the Head of Institutional Governance and will be part of a core team serving members of the AAI Federation.
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Policy advisor - Debt, Private Finance and Arbitration (Application Deadline: 23 January 2012)
Source: African Forum and Network on Debt and Development

The policy advisor would provide leadership and management at the strategic level to the Debt Portfolio (both Domestic and External, Publicly Supported Private Finance (PSPF), and Fair and Transparent Arbitration (FTA)) by assuming overall responsibility for AFRODAD's Research and Advocacy on Debt, policy influencing and campaign work and ensuring linkages with partners' programme and policy work.
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KATSUJI IMATAResponding to Increasing Demands of CSO Accountability: Reflections from Phnom Penh and Manila
Katsuji Imata

Pressures on CSOs are on the rise. Beyond transparency and accountability demands, CSOs now live in the world of effectiveness demands. As public funds for development cooperation diminishes, the "value for money" mantra is increasingly heard.

Another challenge for CSOs is to work on the complex demands of accountability and effectiveness when government regulations and other external factors are not conducive to providing an environment in which CSOs can be effective.

But CSOs do rise to the challenge.

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In solidarity,

Katsuji Imata
Deputy Secretary General, CIVICUS

2012 CIVICUS World Assembly - Registration Now Open

Join us in Montreal, Canada from 3-7 September 2012!

Defining a new social contract - Making the future together is the theme of the 11th CIVICUS World Assembly to be held in Montréal, Canada from 3-7 September 2012. The main event is preceded by the CIVICUS Youth Assembly on 3-4 September and the preconference regional meetings held on 4 September. In addition to the plenary sessions and learning exchanges at the Citizen Café, this year's World Assembly programme will be divided into 3 engaging thematic tracks providing space for in-depth discussion towards the thematic focus:
  • Changing nations through citizens
  • Building partnerships for social innovation
  • Redefining global governance
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Broadening civic space through voluntary action: Lessons from 2011

Looking back on 2011, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and United Nations Volunteers have combined to analyse contemporary trends in voluntary action and make recommendations for policy-makers, civil society, and volunteer involving organisations, in our new publication, Broadening Civic Space through Voluntary Action.
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CIVICUS deplores sustained harassment of independent Belarusian NGOs

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation condemns official attempts to discredit and dissolve the Belarus Helsinki Committee (BHC), an independent NGO highlighting violations of democratic freedoms on Belarus. The case of the BHC is the latest instance of the on-going pervasive clampdown on civil society activities in Belarus.
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Ruling on the only surviving independent human rights organisation in Ethiopia

CIVICUS, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and the UN Special Rapporteur on racism and xenophobia attended the Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia to hear a ruling which could define the future of the Human Rights Council (HRCO), formerly known as the Ethiopia Human Rights Council (EHRCO).
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On the road to Rio

From "decennium horribilis" to "mirabilis"
Source: Own the Edge-Rio+20 Newsletter

In the beginning of a new year we look back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the future and reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make for a better future. 2011 was the culmination of years of two complex and interconnected crises that have much in common. In both cases we have developed countries living beyond their means and racking up high levels of financial and ecological debt over several decades leading to an economic and financial crisis.
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Somalia: ICRC suspends aid deliveries

Source: IRIN

One of the few aid agencies excluded from a ban imposed by Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia has suspended food and seed distributions to 1.1m people in the south and centre of the country after local authorities repeatedly blocked its deliveries.
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Israel: New detention law violates right of asylum seekers
Source: Amnesty International

Early on Tuesday the Israeli parliament passed the "Prevention of Infiltration Law", which mandates the automatic detention of anyone, including asylum-seekers, who enters Israel without permission. It is aimed at those entering via the Egyptian border.
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Analysis: 2012 - "The Year of Crisis in the Middle East"
Source: IRIN

If you thought 2011 was a historic year for the Middle East, 2012 is likely to be even more unpredictable. The region was swept up by mass demonstrations that forced four dictators out of power, threatened the rule of several others, and created huge humanitarian needs.
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Addressing climate change as a human rights issue
Source: All Africa

Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the promise of sustainable development will be revisited again at the 2012 Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development next June.
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The Oslo Principles on democratic governance assessments
Source: Oslo Governance Forum

We, the participants of the Oslo Governance Forum present the Oslo Principles on Democratic Governance Assessments for the consideration of practitioners, promoters and supporters of Democratic Governance, including governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society, citizen groups and media.
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Fighting hunger & malnutrition: The HUNGaMA survey report

Source: HUNGaMA for Change

This report is dedicated to the mothers in this country and the huge army of social workers, Anganwadi Workers and other government functionaries engaged in this movement against child malnutrition. We hope it will serve as the basis for a joint action plan that the country will adopt in order to bring about dramatic change in the nutrition profile of our children.
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The politics of partnership: How donors manage risk while letting recipients lead their own development
Source: Oxfam America

This paper provides recommendations for the US government as it continues grappling with ways of improving foreign aid, taking lessons from successful donor partnerships with recipient countries.
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Electronic resource on equity, human rights and gender equality-sensitive evaluations
Source: My Mande

UNICEF and UN Women launch new electronic resource center on Equity, Human Rights and Gender Equality-sensitive evaluations in  
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Monitoring children's rights

Source: Human Rights Education Association

This e-learning course is a basic introduction to measuring and monitoring the status of children, including basic health and welfare, education, civil rights and freedoms, and special protection measures.
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Systemic peacebuilding, conflict transformation & post-war recovery, and reconciliation (OCTR)
Source: Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania

Bringing together experienced practitioners and policy makers from governments, the United Nations, regional organizations (EU, AU, OAS, ASEAN), and national and international organisations and agencies, the program provides a unique opportunity to exchange experiences and practical learning together with those working in conflict situations world-wide.
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2012 fellowship programme for people of African descent
Source: UN-OHCHR

The Programme will allow the participants to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Afro-descendants in their respective countries.
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