Youth Engagement in
the U.N. System
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.
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
Interfaith Harmony Week
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
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.
Affiliate support (Application Deadline 24 January 2012)
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.
Policy advisor -
Debt, Private Finance and Arbitration (Application Deadline: 23 January
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.
to Increasing Demands of CSO Accountability: Reflections from Phnom
Penh and Manila
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.
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:
space through voluntary action: Lessons from 2011
- Changing nations through citizens
- Building partnerships for social innovation
- Redefining global governance
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
Civic Space through Voluntary Action
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.
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).
On the road to Rio
From "decennium horribilis" to "mirabilis"
Source: Own the
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.
Follow threats and
take action to protect civil society - join Civil Society Watch at www.cswatch.org
Somalia: ICRC suspends aid deliveries
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.
detention law violates right of asylum seekers
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.
Analysis: 2012 - "The Year of Crisis in the Middle East"
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.
change as a human rights issue
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.
The Oslo Principles
on democratic governance assessments
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.
Fighting hunger & malnutrition: The HUNGaMA survey report
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.
The politics of
partnership: How donors manage risk while letting recipients lead their
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.
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
Monitoring children's rights
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.
peacebuilding, conflict transformation & post-war recovery, and
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
programme for people of African descent
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.