International Civil Society Week (ICSW) is a global gathering for civil society to connect, debate and create shared solutions. Through a ‘partnered’ approach, organisations pool their resources to convene a diverse international group of civil society leaders to share ideas, catalyse positive social change, exchange tools that enhance citizen action, and celebrate people power. Each ICSW explores a specific theme in-depth.
From 6 to 12 April 2019, CIVICUS and Civic Initiatives will co-host ICSW 2019 in Serbia. The event will begin with a two-day (6-7 April) Youth Assembly for ICSW delegates in Novi Sad, the European Youth Capital for 2019, before moving to Belgrade for the main event (8-11 April).
This year’s theme – ‘The Power of Togetherness’ – explores ways that people and organisations around the world are working together to unlock the potential of collective action. The ICSW 2019 programme will focus on three interrelated tracks.
- Bridges event sessions will explore how the current regional and global civil society context is changing, and connect participants and strengthen collaboration.
- Streets event sessions will look at ways to build constituencies and deepen the skill sets needed for successful civic action.
- Stairs event sessions seek to identify ways to build and sustain collective impact, and connect local and global efforts.