Make your voice heard in 2013!

As we conclude another fruitful year of work advancing citizen action and strengthening civil society, I would like to thank you – CIVICUS’ colleagues, members, supporters and friends – for your participation in various CIVICUS activities and for taking part in our ambitious vision of achieving a worldwide community of informed, inspired, committed citizens engaged in confronting the challenges facing humanity.

Organisationally, CIVICUS was able to inscribe several key milestones in 2012. As our five-year strategy for 2008-2012 was coming to an end, we set out on a broad and in-depth consultation process with members, partners and key stakeholders to agree on a new five-year strategy for 2013-2017. Due to the diversity of our constituents, as well as the fast-moving and often crisis-led global situation affecting civil society, it was a challenge to prioritise and de-prioritise many of the issues that are related to day-to-day struggles of our members and others. In the end, the CIVICUS Board was able to crystallise the focus of the alliance in the next five years into the CIVICUS Strategic Priorities 2013-2017 with the three key themes of 1) influence, 2) connect and 3) enable, as introduced and endorsed at the members’ meeting during the CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal in September. Continue reading

An online and offline revolution: new media and civil society (6 June, 2012)

Social media and mobile technology have served as catalysts for offline activism and vehicles for new forms of online activism. However, many CSOs have failed to capitalise on the potential of new media to reach out to newly mobilised “netizens” and as the parameters of journalism shifts, thesenetizens have increasingly come under attack by governments. This webinar explores the vital role of new media in social change.

Finding common ground – faith-based organisations and a global alliance

CIVICUS research shows faith structures usually have the highest trust of any non-governmental formation. Faith-based CSOs may have particular routes to some sections of the public and the ability to reach and channel large pockets of support. At CIVICUS, we are seeking to build partnerships with FBOs in order to achieve greater impact in areas of common interest.

Attaining expertise and disseminating information between CVICUS members and the United Nations Division of Sustainable Development at the Rio+20 Conference

In May 2012 CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation Outreach Director Henri Valot conducted a formal interview with the for the Division of Sustainable Development at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Head of the Rio +20 Secretariat, Mr. Nikhil Seth. The purpose of the interview was to attain valuable knowledge from the organization about the upcoming Rio +20 Conference that is to take place between the 20- 22 June this year in Brazil. Mr. Seth responded to a myriad of questions concerning his aspirations for the conference with regards to the current challenges being face at the UN, the relationship between the SDGs and MDGs in the post 2015 agenda, and finally his opinion on the significance of civil society organizations at the Rio +20 conference this year. Mr. Seth’s responses were viewed with optimism, which serves as an interesting point of departure to the fast approaching negotiations ahead.

Civil Society in crisis: Civil Society funding and the way forward (23 May)

Many CSOs report declining funding, volatility and changing donor priorities, and in response are giving more attention to fundraising and diversification of funding sources. Financing for development and reforming the existing architecture of international aid are key issues on the global agenda for CSOs. Organised in conjunction with CIVICUS’ donors, this webinar hopes to explore techniques to weather these turbulent times.

Meet CIVICUS World Assembly 2011 Bloggers

Bloggers, passionate about CIVICUS’ goal of a just world, spend time sharing thoughts, analysis and opinions on issues around this theme in the CIVICUS World Assembly blog: http://citizenshift.org/blogs/civicus; in this podcast invites all to the World Assembly in Monytreal next month

Building bridges: Between informal online activists and civil society organisations (webinar)

On Wednesday 20 July, 2011, CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, hosted a webinar, geared towards developing policy recommendations for civil society organisations (CSOs), public and private sector donors and governments to enable them to bridge the gap between traditional CSOs and online activists. This is sequel to a discussion note produced by CIVICUS intended to spur debate on the role of information communication technology as Continue reading