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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



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                                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




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                         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



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                        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




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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




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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



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