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International Conference: Whatever Happened to Civil Society? 3-5 December 2008 KDK Conference Centre, the Netherlands Programme Day One Wednesday 3 December 9.00 -10.00 Registration and coffee Room: Reception area and lounge 10.00- 11.00 Opening Plenary Welcome from INTRAC – Belinda Coote, INTRAC Board Welcoming address – Aroma Dutta, PRIP Trust, Bangladesh Overview of conference themes: Five key functions of civil society and why they are crucial to more than just development - Brian Pratt, INTRAC Overview of Conference sessions- Valli Yanni, INTRAC Chair: Belinda Coote Room: Janzaal Room 11.00-11.30 Break for coffee and tea Room: Lounge 11.30-13.00 1st Plenary session Different concepts and interpretations of ‘civil society’ worldwide A participatory exercise to try and tease out how people understand key terms used in civil society discourse. Speaker: Brian Pratt, INTRAC Facilitator Richard Holloway, Aga Khan Development Network Room: Janzaal Room 13.00-14.00 Lunch Room: Restaurant De Oerstroom 14.00 -15.30 Thematic Working Groups: 1st Function Generating the social basis for democracy Group 1A: States under pressure and the role of civil society Padma Ratnayake, South Asia Partnership, Sri Lanka Caroliza Peteros, National Coordinator, Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace (MEDNET), Philippines Tzovig Ramian, Lebanese Civil Society Responds Group 1B: States under pressure and the role of civil society New Philanthropy in India‟s North East – Monica Banerjee, National Foundation for India Civil society contested in Nicaragua – Iván Garcia (Coordinadora Civil de Nicaragua (Partner to Kepa, Finland) Some lessons learnt from Save the Children‟s work with partners in Zimbabwe - Nikhil Roy, Save the Children UK Group 2: Civil society in middle income/transitional countries HIV/AIDS: influence of NGOs in Russia and Ukraine – Ulla Pape, University of Groningen, Netherlands Citizens‟ Initiative Programme in Paraguay – Alvaro Caballero, CIRD, Paraguay 1 rd Programme: Day 1, Wednesday 3 December Group 3A: The role of civil society in new, emerging or constrained democracies Civil society in Ethiopia – Beverley Jones, Cafod, UK NGOs networking in Kyrgyzstan and its relation to leadership - Konstantin Kovtunets, INTRAC Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan Group 3B: The role of civil society in new, emerging or constrained democracies Women‟s movement in the Middle East – Amal van Hees, Amnesty International, the Netherlands Women‟s rights in the Middle East – Fery Malek-Madani, Belgium and Hivos, the Netherlands Syria case study – Joseph Burke and Stephen Starr Lead Facilitator: Valli Yanni, INTRAC Rooms: See notice boards for rooms 15.30-16.00 Break for tea and coffee Room:Lounge 16.00–17.30 2nd Plenary Session Panel Session – Challenges to Civil Society (internal and external) Panel members will put forward their understanding of the challenges to the concept and practice of civil society from their own organisational or regional perspectives. Challenges for INGOs – Harry Derksen, ICCO, The Netherlands Challenges for official donors – Roy Trivedy, DFID, UK Post-conflict challenges for civil society – İdil Şeytanoğlu, Northern Cyprus Challenges to understanding civil society - Finn Heinrich, Germany Challenges for social movements – Chiku Malunga, Cadeco Malawi 15 minutes per speaker. Chair: Belinda Coote Room: Janzaal Room 18.00 Dinner Room: Restaurant De Oerstroom 19.00-20.00 Question Time Issue to be discussed: “Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Civil Society” Panel speakers: Rajesh Tandon, Pria Brian Pratt, INTRAC Asiya Sasykbaeva Chair: Valli Yanni, INTRAC Room: Janzaal Room 2 rd Programme: Day 1, Wednesday 3 December Day Two Thursday 4 December 9.00 -9.30 1st Plenary Session: Round-up of Day One Feedback from Thematic Working Groups Day 1 Feedback in Drawings: Linda Lönnqvist, INTRAC Facilitator: Valli Yanni,INTRAC Room: Janzaal Room 9.30-10.30 2nd Plenary Session: Panel on: Civil Society and the role of Faith-based Organisations Reverend Prince Dibeela, General Secretary of United Congressional Church of South Africa. Karim Sajjad Sheikh, University of Essex – Comparison between secular and faith based organisations in Pakistan and Bangladesh Trans-Faith Humanitarianism: Muslim Aid and the United Methodist Committee on Relief - Gerard Clarke, University of Swansea Chair: Anne Marie McCarthy, Concern Room: Janzaal Room 10.30-11.00 Break for coffee and tea Room:Lounge 11.00 -12.30 Thematic Working Groups: 2nd Function Promoting Political Accountability Group 1: Civil society and the defence of human rights New UN Human Rights Mechanisms : The role of Civil Society in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council – Cynthia Gervais, Geneva Office of Rights and Democracy How child rights national coalitions in Latin America have used the mechanisms of the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights to promote state accountability – Save the Children in Peru Changing legislation in relation to violence and corporal punishment - CPA, Gambia Group 2: Civil society: Accountability, legitimacy and performance-based management Global civil society and the disempowerment of the grassroots development activist – Dr Matt Baillie Smith and Dr Katy Jenkins, Northumbria University, UK Legitimacy of INGO Field Offices – Marcella Tam, PSO, the Netherlands and Rajesh Tandon, PRIA, India Group 3: Enhancing the impacts of CSOs on policy Perceptions of people living in poverty and bringing these to the attention of policy makers in Bangladesh – Dee Jupp, Bangladesh Problematizing Civil Society: Insights from the regulation of civil society in the Philippines– Gerard Clarke, University of Swansea Group 4: Civil Society and the Media Engaging the Media in Human Rights – Evans Wafula, Human Rights and th Programme: Day 2, Thursday 4 December 3 Media Development, Kenya Community radio broadcasting and advancing MDGs in Madagascar – Yvonne Orengo, Andrew Lees Trust, UK Child Rights and media monitoring in Southern Africa – Save the Children, South Africa Lead Facilitator: Valli Yanni, INTRAC Rooms: See notice boards for rooms 12.30 -13.30 Lunch Room: Restaurant De Oerstroom 13.30 -15.00 Thematic Working Groups: 3rd Function Producing social trust, reciprocity and networks (social capital) Group 1: Beyond the usual suspects: Social movements and others Social Movements in Costa Rica- Adriana Sánchez González, Sula Batsu, San José and Hivos, the Netherlands Sovereign Local Organisations and Social Movements – Doug Reeler, CDRA, South Africa Group 2A: CSOs relationships with states, INGOs and donors Introducing Participatory Policy Monitoring in Suriname – Sharda Ganga, Organization for Women and Development Promoting government – civil society partnerships in Jiangxi province, the Peoples Republic of China– Syarifah Aman-Wooster, Asian Development Bank, Philippines Group 2B: CSO Relationships with states, INGOs and Donors Government- CS partnership in Nigeria – Igwe Uche, Nigeria Extractive Industries transparency Initiative Government and Civil society Partnership in Southern Sudan – Brian Doe, Pact, Sudan Group 2C: CSO relationships with states, INGOs and donors Civil Society and Political Parties – Asiya Sasykbaeva, Center Interbilim, Kyrgystan Civil Society-Donor relations- Tosca Maria Bruno van Vijfeijken, Syracuse University, USA Group 3: Civil society and the private sector Khaled Rajab, MDLF, Palestine Civil society and corporations in India – Rajesh Tandon, PRIA Oil exploitation in the Niger Delta, Nigeria – Carol Ballantine, Trocaire Lead Facilitator: Valli Yanni, INTRAC Rooms: See notice boards for rooms 15.00-15.30 Break for coffee and tea Room:Lounge th Programme: Day 2, Thursday 4 December 4 15.30 -17.00 Thematic Working Groups: 4th and 5th Functions 4th Function: Creating and promoting alternatives Group 1: Space, land and housing The Monteagudo Project, Buenos Aires: Victory in the struggle for housing, employment and the right to the city – Silvia Guimarães Yafai, Building and Social Housing Foundation Supporting the landless in Bangladesh – Arifur Rahman, Manusher Jonno Foundation Group 2: Rethinking violence and power Sustainable peace: the role of unarmed protection in supporting civil society in Sri Lanka – Rachel Julian, UK Women as leaders – Ailea Sneller, George Washington University Group 3 Information communication technology (ICT) and civil society Claims to Success: Advocacy for The Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa – Solidarity for African Women‟s Rights and the Use of Information and Communication Technologies – Karoline Kemp ISS and Hivos, the Netherlands Kerala Women‟s Agricultural Livelihoods and ICT – Omana T. Kochukuttan, RASTA, India 5th Function: Supporting the rights of citizens and concept of citizenship Social citizenship and the city: The Housing Movement of Sao Paulo'– Lucy Earle, LSE Active Citizenship in Central America – Barry Cannon Citizens with HIV/AIDS. The challenges for participation and civil society in the Global Fund in Peru - Henry Armas ISS and Hivos, the Netherlands Lead Facilitator: Valli Yanni, INTRAC Rooms: See notice boards for rooms 18.00-19.00 Dinner Room: Restaurant De Oerstroom 19.00-20.00 Market Place: Participants’ Information Exchange Participants are invited to set up „market stalls‟ to display and share examples of their experiences. Materials displayed can include posters, pictures, publications and leaflets. Lead Facilitator: Valli Yanni Room: St Helena th Programme: Day 2, Thursday 4 December 5 Day Three Friday 5 December 9.00-9.15 1st Plenary Session: Round-up of Day Two Reflections on Day 2 – participant speaker Feedback in Drawings: Linda Lönnqvist, INTRAC Facilitator: Valli Yanni, INTRAC Room: Janzaal Room 9.15-11.15 Stakeholder Groups: What are the key areas to take forward for different stakeholders? Stakeholder groups: International NGOs Official donors Local NGOs (active at the national level) Other Civil society groups Academics, thinktanks Lead Facilitator: Valli Yanni, INTRAC Rooms: Follow INTRAC guides for rooms 11.15 -11.45 Break for coffee and tea Room: Lounge 11.45 -13.00 2nd Plenary Session Towards Civic Agency: Moving Beyond Civil Society Prof Alan Fowler, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Chair: Brian Pratt Room: Janzaal Room 13.00- 14.00 Lunch Room: Restaurant De Oerstroom 14.00-15.30 3rd Plenary Session Stakeholder Group Feedback Report back on the group outputs (30 minutes) Civil Society in the future Speaker: Kumi Naidoo (30 minutes) Conference Synthesis Four participants reflect on the conference themes and key issues from their personal perspectives. (25 minutes) These participants could represent: 1) CBO/ membership organisation 2) Southern NGO 3) Official agency 4) Independent consultant or academic Lead Facilitator: Valli Yanni, INTRAC Room: Janzaal Room 15.30-16.00 Closing Summary Geoffrey Wood, University of Bath, UK Brian Pratt, INTRAC Lead Facilitator: Valli Yanni, INTRAC Room: Janzaal Room th Programme: Day 3, Friday 5 December 6
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