Civic Engagement Community of Practice Resource Dispatch No.7 RESOURCES Women and Men, Statistical Booklet, National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia, Updated Edition 2005 The analysis is based on methodology developed by Statistics Sweden, Sweden’s statistical agency and aims to produce gender-disaggregated data in the spheres of governance, health care, social security, education, employment and family. The aim of this initiative is to help promote appropriate policies and break down gender-related stereotypes by providing information that accurately reflects the real situation of women and men in the country. To download the booklet in pdf format go to: http://www.undp.am/?page=publications Freedom House Annual Survey: The World’s Most Repressive Regimes, A Special Report to the 61st Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Geneva, 2005 Freedom House has released its annual survey of the world's most repressive regimes, highlighting human rights conditions in 18 countries worldwide. The survey provides detailed information on human rights abuses in Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Haiti, Laos, Libya, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe. The report is available in PDF format at: www.freedomhouse.org/research/mrr2005.pdf Special Report: NGOs and Public Sector Transparency Academics and practitioners both agree that the lack of transparency in the public sector is one of the biggest barriers to development today. NGOs are active agents for creating and fostering the conditions that lead to a responsive government. Some NGOs work directly as advocates, conducting research, disseminating information, monitoring human rights and lobbying for legislation reform and transparency. Other NGOs play key roles in promoting democracy by making processes and institutions in the public sphere more transparent and accountable. For further details, see: http://topics.developmentgateway.org/ngo/highlights/viewHighlight.do~activeHighlightId=1 04400 Campaigning for Free Expression: A Handbook for Advocates, The International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) This publication is aimed at equipping human rights activists around the world with essential tools to campaign more effectively for freedom of expression and press freedom. The 120- page manual provides a toolbox of tips, best practice case studies and resources for campaigning. It showcases a variety of campaign tools, including investigative missions, coalition-building, legal advocacy and Internet-based actions, such as blogging, e-mail protest letters and SMS text messaging. It also gives activists important tools for mounting campaign strategies and doing power analyses of their local situations. The handbook can be downloaded at: www.ifex.org/download/en/IFEXCampaignHandbook.pdf Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, Monitoring Law and Practice in New Member States and Accession Countries of the European Union, OSI, May 2005 The report describes existing national institutional mechanisms, policies, and programs on gender equality, and highlights several shortcomings. The research identified a general lack of awareness among men and women about how gender inequality affects their daily lives as well as a lack of political will to enforce existing national and EU gender equality policies . To download the report and respective country fact sheets go to: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/women/articles_publications/publications/equal_2005050 2 An Assessment of Czech Civil Society in 2004: After 15 Years of Development, CIVICUS Civil Society Index Report, Prague 2005 The report which include a comprehensive, structured and action-oriented assessment of civil society, aimed at assisting civil society stakeholders, practitioners, academics and citizens is available in pdf format on the CIVICUS website: www.civicus.org/new/media/civicus_eng_final_version.pdf. Human Rights in the OSCE Region: Europe, Central Asia and North America, Report 2005 (Events of 2004), The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights The country chapters from IHF annual review of human rights developments are now available on the IHF website. The review covers 42 OSCE states. To access the country chapters see: http://www.ihf-hr.org/documents/doc_summary.php?sec_id=3&d_id=4057 Communication for Isolated Marginalised Groups, Blending the Old and the New by Silvia Balit, July, 2004, FAO The paper suggests that while information and communication technologies are important to addressing the needs of the poor, traditional dialogue and existing indigenous communication systems are an invaluable part of this process. The paper advocates that blending these two approaches would establish a means of improving the sustainability of participatory communication processes in international development. See the paper at: www.comminit.com/strategicthinking/st2004/thinking-592.html. Human Security Gateway, Human Security Research and Human Security News, three free e-resources from the Human Security Centre at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, Canada. The Human Security Gateway is a searchable online database of human security-related resources including reports, journal articles, news items and fact sheets; Human Security Research is a monthly online compilation of new human security-related research published by university research institutes, think-tanks, IGOs and NGOs; Human Security News is a daily electronic round up of the latest human security-related news stories drawn from some 50 online media sources, wire services, think tanks and university research centres around the world. For more information please visit: http://www.humansecuritygateway.info http://www.humansecuritycentre.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=4 www.humansecuritycentre.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=18&Itemid=44 CAPACITY BUILDING Commitment to Integrity: Guidelines for Nonprofits in the Marketplace This NESsT (Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-sustainability Team) resource provides a set of principles and standards to help civil society organisation leaders recognise and better prepare themselves for the ethical dimensions of entrepreneurial activity and to help ensure that their standards of professionalism are reflected at every stage of business planning and development. The resource is available for free at www.nesst.org/documents/NESsTCommitmenttoIntegrityENGLISH.pdf Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Interviewing Trafficked Women, World Health Organization The guide provides information on the complex circumstances of women who have been trafficked and outlines ten guiding principles to the ethical and safe conduct of interviews with women who have been trafficked. It provides details on making the initial contact, understanding the range of risks, tips on being discreet, ensuring confidentiality, avoiding re-traumatising a woman and many other related issues. Download this free guide at www.oscebih.org/documents/1372-eng.pdf CONFERENCES / TRAININGS / EVENTS Global Conference on the Role of Civil Society in the Prevention of Armed Conflict, 19 - 21 July 2005, New York, UN Headquarters The Global Conference will be the culmination of the three-year regional processes of global consultation, dialogue and research. The 15 regional processes which have led to regional conferences and Regional Action Agendas will form the basis of a Global Action Agenda on the role of civil society in conflict prevention and peace-building. For more information, please see conference website: http://www.gppac.org/ Training on Peace-building, Conflict Transformation and Post-war Rebuilding, Reconciliation and Resolution, 11 - 15 July 2005, Cluj-Napoca, Romania This advanced international training programme is tailored for practitioners, policy-makers, international and national agency staff and NGOs working in the field of peace-building, conflict transformation and post-war recovery. The training programme has been created to help participants strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the structures and dynamics of war and violent conflict, skills, tools and approaches useful for peace-building, conflict transformation, and post-war reconstruction, reconciliation, and healing, and effective development and implementation of peace-building strategies and conflict transformation at the local, national, and international levels. For further information see www.transcend.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org INTRAC’s trainings: Rights-based Approaches to Development, 15-17 June 2005, London, UK A rights-based approach to development is a conceptual framework for the process of human development that is normatively based on international human rights standards and operationally directed to promoting and protecting human rights. This course gives an in depth overview of the concepts and methodologies of the rights-based approach to development. http://www.intrac.org/training.php?id=17 Capacity Building: An Organisational Approach, 4-8 July 2005, Oxford, UK The contemporary view of capacity-building goes beyond the conventional perception of training. This is an introductory course on capacity building, focusing on understanding the process of capacity building and strengthening, from the perspective of organisations. Capacity building takes place at different levels, such as at the individual level, or at a broader societal level. Get the right tools, become more effective. http://www.intrac.org/training.php?id=18 Thinking Strategically 13-15 July 2005, London, UK NGOs constantly have to make difficult choices when faced with the massive scale of poverty and distress, compounded by the limited resources in the non-profit sector. This and the nature of NGO work require strategic thinking and action. Strategic thinking is a dynamic process, which should be responsive to changing circumstances. http://www.intrac.org/training.php?id=19 To learn more about the courses, contact Agnes Daizi at email@example.com or visit the website at www.intrac.org . Distance learning course on Human Rights Monitoring, organized by Human Rights Educational Associates, September-November 2005 Participants will be introduced to the doctrine and methodology of human rights monitoring, primarily as developed through the work of international organizations and NGOs, such as the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Association for the Prevention of Torture and national human rights NGOs. The course is particularly intended for staff members of NGOs who have some experience with monitoring and for those responsible for human rights monitoring in OSCE and UN field operations or who want to be deployed as human rights monitors for the OSCE, United Nations or other inter-governmental organisations. For more information or for registration, contact organizers at: http://www.hrea.org/courses/4E.html. SCHOLARSHIPS / AWARDS Roma Diplomacy Programme Application Deadline: 15 June, 2005 First Workshop (Bucharest): 9 - 17 July, 2005 Online Learning: August 2005 - April 2006 The European Roma Information Office and DiploFoundation invite applications for the Roma Diplomacy programme. This is a year long educational programme for professionals from Eastern European countries working in the field of Roma and human rights, run through a combination of workshops and online learning. Full funding is available for 20 - 25 participants. Preference for funding will be given to Roma applicants in the 25 - 35 year age group, to female applicants, and to applicants from Eastern Europe. Participants who successfully complete the programme will receive a postgraduate level certificate. For further information, and to apply, please visit www.diplomacy.edu/roma or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program (spring 2006) Application Deadline: 15 August, 2005 This programme is targeted for younger scholar-practitioners working in the non-profit sector in the United States and overseas and provides leadership training through applied research and professional mentorships. For further details, see www.civicus.org/new/media/e-brochure.SIFP05_final.doc and www.civicus.org/new/media/e-brochure.IFP06.doc. To send your application, please email email@example.com Transparency International Integrity Awards Nomination deadline: 1 July 2005 The annual awards recognise the courage and determination of individuals and organisations fighting corruption around the world. Candidates must have undertaken an action that is likely to significantly influence, or have had a significant impact on, existing levels of corruption in his or her country or region. Their actions must be particularly imaginative, innovative or courageous and deserving of international recognition. Award winners will be honoured on 11 November 2005 . For more information, visit www.transparency.org/integrityawards/index.html. Call for Nominations for 2005 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize INDEPENDENT SECTOR Nomination Deadline: 24 June, 2005 The Hodgkinson Prize was established in 1995 by the US NGO, INDEPENDENT SECTOR, to recognise outstanding published research that advances our understanding of philanthropy, voluntary action, nonprofits, and civil society in the United States and around the world. The research article, report, or book must have been published within the last three years. The award includes an honorarium of $2,000 for first place and $1,000 for second place. Interested applicants should submit an official nomination form, which can be found at www.independentsector.org/programs/research/vahform.html Professional Development and Exchange Project Grants 2005 - 2006 International Human Rights Internship Program, Institute of International Education, Washington, D.C., USA Grants are available to human rights organisations and activists in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, East Central Europe and the Republics of the former Soviet Union for training/exchange projects including on site training, professional attachments and study tours. For further information and to download application forms (available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic), go to www.iie.org/Website/WPreview.cfm?CWID=333&WID=171 _________________________________ END Please feel free to send us important infomation, announcements, documents, etc., which we can then spread to other members of the civic engagement sub-practice and interested collegues and partners. Thank you.