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Australian C20 launches online consultations with civil society

Australian C20 launches online consultations with civil society

Consultations with civil society ahead of next year’s G20 summit to be held in Australia commenced today with the launch of the C20 website.

GPSA Launches 2nd Call for Proposals in 33 countries

GPSA Launches 2nd Call for Proposals in 33 countries

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability is pleased to announce its 2nd Call for Proposals. The Call for Proposals is open to civil society organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks based and operating in any of 33 eligible countries (those that have ‘opted-in’ to the GPSA to date). Grant amounts will range from US$500,000 to US$1,000,000. Requests for funding below this range will also be considered.

Insecurity obstructs social, economic development in Latin America - UN Report

Insecurity obstructs social, economic development in Latin America - UN Report

Latin America remains the most unequal and most insecure region in the world, the United Nations reported today, calling for inclusive economic growth and enhanced security and justice institutions as the most efficient ways to reduce insecurity.

2013 ATI: More Is Not Enough When It Comes To Aid Info

2013 ATI: More Is Not Enough When It Comes To Aid Info

Information about aid spending is steadily becoming more available, but it also needs to become more useful, concludes a report "AID Transparensy Index" released by Publish What You Fund

Civil Society Organisations, a key role to play in Africa-EU relation

Civil Society Organisations, a key role to play in Africa-EU relation

Closing Session of the Civil Society Organisation Forum of the EU-Africa Partnership / Brussels

Global Frackdown: World protests shale gas production

Global Frackdown: World protests shale gas production

Thousands of people worldwide are expected to join the Global Frackdown protest on October 19. ‘Fracktivists’ from over 20 countries will gather to demand an end to fracking and “dangerous” shale gas drillings.

Global Fund Names Kate Thomson as Head of the Critical Enablers and Civil Society Hub

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has appointed Kate Thomson, a leader in global health and development with nearly 30 years of AIDS activism, as Head of the Critical Enablers and Civil Society hub, a new position that underlines the Global Fund’s strengthened efforts to promote human rights and deeper partnership with civil society.

UN-NGLS launches Advancing Regional Recommendations Post-2015 Consultation Report

UN-NGLS is pleased to announce the publication of its report "Advancing Regional Recommendations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda," the synthesis of a four-month consultation conducted in writing and via teleconferences with 120 regional civil society networks.

States, civil society embarking on new partnership

States, civil society embarking on new partnership

The General Assembly is embarking on a new partnership between Member States and civil society, the President of the 68th body, John Ashe, said highlighting the role of non-governmental organizations and other partners in shaping a new global development agenda.

EU Concerned about Pressure on Civil Society in Azerbaijan

EU Concerned about Pressure on Civil Society in Azerbaijan

BRUSSELS—The Spokespersons of the European Union’s High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Štefan Füle have issued a statement on the worrying cases of state pressure on opposition, civil society, and media organizations in Azerbaijan.

World's leading human rights body condemns civil society crackdown

The world’s top human rights body has condemned the global crackdown on civil society and called on all governments to protect and support the work of non-governmental organzations and human rights defenders.

Govts fail to create favourable conditions for civil society, says new report

Govts fail to create favourable conditions for civil society, says new report

A new index published today by the global civil society network, CIVICUS, shows that many governments around the world are failing to keep their promise to create an environment that allows citizens to mobilise and participate in civil society.

Education, health care, honest government and jobs top priorities for people worldwide

Education, health care, honest government and jobs top priorities for people worldwide

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented a new report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”. The report summarizes the findings from public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States since August 2012 in an effort to identify priorities for the post-2015 development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

World Happiness Report 2013 Launched

World Happiness Report 2013 Launched

The 2013 edition of the World Happiness Report was launched on 9 September 2013, following a conference on happiness on 8 September. The report calls on policy makers to make happiness a key measure and target of development.

Armenia: Civil Society activists hospitalised after brutal attack in Yerevan

The Armenian authorities must investigate thoroughly and without delay the brutal attack on two Armenian activists and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

Azerbaijan: Crackdown on Civil Society

Azerbaijan: Crackdown on Civil Society

Dozens of Activists and Journalists Jailed, Restrictive Laws Adopted. The Azerbaijani government is engaged in a deliberate, abusive strategy to limit dissent. The strategy is designed to curtail opposition political activity, limit public criticism of the government, and exercise greater control over nongovernmental organizations.

CSOs ask the Arab League Secretary General to discuss the situation in Egypt

CSOs ask the Arab League Secretary General to discuss the situation in Egypt

35 civil society organizations ask the Arab League Secretary General to discuss the situation in Egypt during the coming Ministerial Council

2013 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings - Accreditation OPEN

2013 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings - Accreditation OPEN

The Annual Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund will be held on October 11 - 13, 2013 in Washington DC.

Australia To Engage Civil Society As G20 President In 2014

Australia To Engage Civil Society As G20 President In 2014

The Australian Government is very pleased to announce that the Reverend Tim Costello AO will chair the Australian Civil Society 20 (C20) Steering Group.



Civil Society Expert Views

Top tips on using the media to aid development Top tips on using the media to aid development
How can development issues best be covered in the media, and by who?

Twiplomacy: The Best connected World Leaders on Twitter Twiplomacy: The Best connected World Leaders on Twitter
Twiplomacy is the leading global study of world leaders on Twitter. The governments of more than three-quarters (77.7%) of the 193 UN member countries have a presence on Twitter: Almost half of the 505 accounts analysed are personal accounts of heads of state, heads of government and ministers of foreign affairs; a third of these world leaders tweet themselves, but very few on a regular basis.

Diversity and inclusion on NGO boards: what the stats say
Figures reveal a clear disjunction between the world NGOs seek to create, and the world their governance structures reproduce

Will NGOs Survive In the Future?
A significant number of non-governmental actors can justifiably be regarded as an integral part of modern diplomacy, if by diplomacy we mean the communication system available to the international community. We have reason to claim that international NGOs, as important social institutions for the establishment and development of extensive contacts within multilateral diplomacy, help fill current gaps in unduly bureaucratized international politics.

World Bank to 'massively scale up' leverage on private sector through technology
One of the goals of the Open Government Partnership is to increase corporate accountability — but private firms need to be (more) involved.

3 Steps To Improve Disaster Preparedness 3 Steps To Improve Disaster Preparedness
As Cyclone Phailin tore through India’s coast last week with winds of 155 mph, hundreds of thousands of lives were instantly at stake. The intensity of the coming storm was compared to that of the 1999 cyclone that struck the same region and killed 10,000 civilians. In contrast, less than 50 lives were lost in 2013.

NGOs must give up power NGOs must give up power
The international development Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) are rightly very proud of their history: they have saved lives, helped people get through the toughest moments, and shown those who feel alone that others care. But if NGOs are to help contribute to a better future, they will need to change.

Good Practices for Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact
Last week I was a panelist at a civil society organization seminar during the World Bank Annual Meetings on the topic of “Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact.” The task for the panel was to discuss good practices in citizen engagement to make governments and service providers (including the private sector) more accountable so that policies and project interventions have greater impact for all citizens.

Tanzania has shown how civil society can contribute to economic justice
By asking the right questions, citizens can help to fight poverty, promote transparency and reinforce social and economic rights

Top global development organizations: The Devex lists
To succeed in international development, knowing the main players is key - whether you’re looking for partners, funding opportunities or jobs.

Doing development in conflict zones
Donors and aid agencies working in Syria, Somalia or Afghanistan must be more prepared to take risks and help local partners lead interventions

Five Online Fundraising Best Practices for Small NGOs in Developing Countries
Five social media best practices specifically tailored for NGOs in developing countries

5 Takeaways From UN's Global Report on Happiness
Some surprising factors that influence well-being around the world.

VIDEO - G20 for Change: NGOs voices at the G20 Summit 2013
From the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg: Transparency International, InterAction, Oxfam, World Vision, Save the Children

G20 Lays Out Plan that Could Help the World's Poor - If Leaders Step Up
The G20's focus in 2013-2014 will continue to include food security for the poorest families, providing financial services to rural poor who lack access to banks, and reducing the cost to immigrants sending remittances home to their families.

Oxfam verdict on the G20 Russia Summit
On tax, Syria and inequality.

Is Civil Society Uncivil?
Having worked with civil society engagement work at the World Bank for many years, it is not uncommon for colleagues to see me in the hallway and jokingly ask: “is civil society still acting uncivil?”.

Why the Values of the BRICS Matter
In this recorded discussion, Ben Cormier discusses his dissertation on “Why the Values of the BRICS Matter”.  Ben is a Graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Labor Relations.



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