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ISSUE No. 378                                   GCAP celebrates International Women’s Day calling for Gender Equality to End
                                                By Kumi Naidoo, Ana Agostino & Sylvia Borren, GCAP Co-Chairs
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF                            th
Kumi Naidoo                            On 8 March - International Women‟s Day - women and men will loudly proclaim Gender Equality to
                                       End Poverty! In the next few days people around the world will raise their voices in support of
                                       Gender Equality. This year the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) Feminist Task Force
COPY EDITOR                            has been actively working to raise the connection between gender inequality and poverty. In this
Margaret Fish
                                       week‟s edition of e-CIVICUS, I have invited my fellow GCAP Co-Chairs, Ana Agostino and Sylvia
MANAGING EDITOR                        Borren to co-write a column on International Women‟s Day. To read more on the column, click here.
Eric Muragana

OCCASIONAL                             Potentials (and Pitfalls) of Gender Mainstreaming
CONTRIBUTORS                           By Julie Middleton , member of the CIVICUS Gender Task Force
Ana Agostino                           International Women‟s Day comes at a time when CIVICUS is embarking upon its own gender
Carol Baloyi                           mainstreaming, as well as reflecting on the discussions around the process itself. Gender
Ciara O'Sullivan
David Bonbright                        mainstreaming: it‟s a phrase that is often used in development work and civil society organisations.
Julia Sestier                          International organisations and agencies such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the
Julie Middleton                        International Labour Organisation (ILO), among others, all have gender mainstreaming policies.
Natalia Kiryttopoulou
Katsuji Imata                          Despite efforts by both large and small organisations, however, observers argue that the concept is
Seda Alp                               not always fully understood nor properly implemented. It has become fashionable to speak about
Sylvia Borren                          gender mainstreaming an organisation, without undertaking the necessary steps to ensure it is
Raya Ubenova                           sustainable and has real practical effects. Gender mainstreaming is a strategy and a tool, emphasise
Vicente García-Delgado, Esq
                                       practitioners, not an end in itself. For more information, click here.
The CIVICUS weekly electronic          International Women’s Day 2008: Progress not possible without gender equality to end
publication is keeping tens of         poverty
thousands of people informed of        Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
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civil society, the factors that are
                                       On 8 March, under the leadership of the Feminist Task Force (FTF), GCAP will highlight the
affecting them and the impact they     centrality of gender equality to end poverty and the importance of investing in women and girls and
are having on creating an informed     calling for financing of gender equality and women‟s empowerment. All GCAP partners are
and knowledgeable society.             encouraged to join in this global mobilisation by downloading the video and materials from the
                                       whiteband website, by communicating the core demands to the media in your countries and by
e-CIVICUS WELCOMES                     mobilising your groups and communities to spread the message of Gender Equality to End Poverty.
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                                   What does civil society really mean?
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                                   By Nick Seddon
 You can make an on-line donation  Neither the state nor the market has all the answers. We know that now. An age that has hitherto
 at                                been less likely to heed John Donne's warning - "No man is an island" - than to mimic Chesney Hawkes's warbling - "I am the one and only" - is finally waking up to the growing divide between the
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                                          Does economic downturn mean crisis for non-profits?
                                          By Caroline Gallagher
                                          It is nearly impossible these days to avoid thinking and worrying about the country‟s recent economic
                                          struggles. The subprime mortgage crisis is a top news event, while presidential candidates pepper
2008 CIVICUS World Assembly               their speeches with solutions to turning the economy around once elected. The possibility of a
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                                          significant and protracted economic downturn has created a cross-industry sense of panic, one that
Scotland. Building on and continuing      has not escaped the non-profit sector. For more information, click here.
the success of past World
Assemblies, the overall theme for this    What is a civil society, how do we create one?
event is Acting Together for a Just
World. This overall theme will be         Vancouver Sun's April 5 guest- editor edition explores a timely issue with help from 7 eminent people
explored through the focus theme of       Source: Vancouver Sun, Canada
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                                          Any civilized country has laws that set some limits on human behaviour, but we all know it takes
                                          more than just laws to create a society that feels cooperative, respectful, orderly and compassionate
                                          -- a civil society. The Vancouver Sun is going to explore, in a special edition of the paper, that
                                          concept of civil society and how to achieve it. The newspaper has invited seven eminent individuals
                                          whose work benefits the public to take part in a unique publishing event on April 5. Under the single
                                          broad theme of civil society, the seven will be joint guest editors of a single edition of the paper. For
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updates on threats to civil society,
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                                          despite having a valid asylum paper from Home Affairs; I did not change my plans for the
Read more at                              evening. This unfortunately is a regular occurrence. As it turned out, this last intrusion was different.                 Police officers broke into, vandalised and took items from my house. No one was there when it
                                          happened, but my neighbour heard the commotion and came down to see what was going on. He
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amplify the voices and opinions of
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                                         CIVIL SOCIETY NEWS

                                         Civil society organisations under attack in Sri Lanka
                                         By Sumanasiri Liyanage
                                         Dr Pradeep Jeganathan‟s dinner experience in Delhi with a French anthropologist reminded me of a
                                         recent meeting with a European high level diplomat in Sri Lanka . Referring to the recent events in
                                         Sri Lanka, he said: “I would be worried if similar things happened in the Balkans or even in India, but
                                         I am not worried at all for what is happening in Sri Lanka”. Is this a difference between an
                                         anthropologist who, in Dr Jeganathan‟s account, was superficially worried about Sri Lanka and a
                                         diplomat who has been here for quite a long time but is not in the least worried about the Sri Lankan
                                         events? The diplomat in my story was rather angry as the international community failed to tame the
                                         Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL). Did my experience contradict Dr Jeganathan‟s dinner experience?
                                         I would say no. the two stories, in my view, reveal how the imperialist mind works with regard to the
                                         countries in the global South; they worry whether they can control the situation and they become
                                         angry when they fail to do so. For more information, click here.

                                         ICC involves African civil society in development of outreach strategy
                                         Source: International Criminal Court (ICC),
                                         From 18 to 20 February 2008, the International Criminal Court (ICC) held a workshop with civil
                                         society in Bangui with a view to developing the Court's outreach strategy in the Central African
                                         Republic. It was organised as part of the Outreach Unit's work to involve local civil society in the
                                         development of outreach plans which are tailored to the specific context. This interactive session
                                         brought together about twenty representatives from key groups of Central African Republic society
                                         and was an opportunity for them to contribute to defining the outreach strategy which the
                                         International Criminal Court will implement, namely two-way communication with the communities
                                         affected by the crimes being investigated by the ICC. For more information, click here.

                                         Evidence of vote rigging mounts in Russia
                                         Source: Coalition for Democracy in Russia
                                         The Golos Association, a Russian NGO dedicated to protecting voter rights, has documented a
                                         series of violations during the 2 March presidential election. As the Sobkor@ru news agency reports,
                                         Golos have taken hundreds of phone calls on its elections hotlines. The organisation has received
                                         199 calls describing transgressions of voting procedure, 72 reports of pressure on voters, 39 of
                                         falsified documents, 28 reports of voter bribery, 17 of unlawful campaigning, 23 of misuse of
                                         administrative resources, 68 on the violation of the rights of electoral monitors and representatives of
                                         the mass-media, and 2 on vote counting. For more information, click here.

                                         Brand Jamaica: Role of civil society
                                         By Dr Hume Nicola Johnson, Contributor
                                         Civil society is not at war with the state but deeply depends on its efficient performance and
                                         accountability. Civil values are so fundamental to the kind of society we want. Innovative public
                                         policy initiatives by the Government can go a long way in promoting civil virtues and values in
                                         Jamaica. Civic education is required and the avenues through which this can be done are fairly
                                         obvious. Schools have a pivotal role to play in any initiative to strengthen civil norms. Countries such
                                         as Australia and New Zealand have, for example, developed a Values and Attitudes Survey which
                                         measures or tracks the social and moral development of the students. The benefit of this is that you
                                         get a sense of the attitudes and core character of students long before behavioural problems arises.
                                         For more information, click here.

Civil society group wary of Noli taking over presidency in Philippines
Source: GMANews.TV
A day after the political opposition admitted it is wary of Vice President Manuel "Noli" de Castro Jr.
taking over the presidency, civil society groups made a similar admission on 3 March. The Black and
White Movement urged de Castro to bare "what's in your heart" so they can see if he is "worth"
supporting as a replacement for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. "We hope he tells us what he
thinks so we can make an informed decision. Is he going to be another trapo (traditional politician)?"
group executive director Leah Navarro said in an interview on dwIZ radio. For more information, click

Development of civil society in Azerbaijan
Source: News Agency Trend
The United States believes that a strong and active civil society is the basis for democracy, Anne
Derse, the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan said on 3 March. According to the ambassador, the United
States wants to assist Azerbaijan in holding independent and fair elections. “I call on non-
government organisations to introduce their own projects regarding the elections to commissions,”
the ambassador said. The US Embassy in Azerbaijan has announced changes to its Democracy
Commission Small Grants Program. According to the ambassador, non-government organisations
from the region take an active part in the project. “We are ready to offer them the kind of support that
more established NGOs in Baku have long enjoyed,” she said. For more information, click here.


Founder of a nonprofit punished by its board for engaging in an internet ruse
By Stephanie Strom
A founder of GiveWell, a new nonprofit research organisation that seeks to assess the effectiveness
of charities, has been demoted after admitting that he promoted the organisation on a Web site by
posing as a prospective charitable donor seeking information. GiveWell‟s board acted against the
founder, Holden Karnofsky, demoting him from executive director to “programme officer” and saying
it was withholding $5,000 of his salary and using the money to pay for him to take a professional
development course. “The board believes that the acts of misrepresentation that were committed are
indefensible and are in direct conflict with the goals of the organisation,” the board said in a
statement posted on For more information, click here.

                Coalition of investors calls for more disclosure in emerging markets
                Source: Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
                Signatories representing $650 billion in assets under management have signed up to
a statement which asks emerging market companies for improved sustainability disclosure. The
coalition, made up of investment managers, institutional asset owners and NGOs, has been
organised by Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN), a working group of the Social
Investment Forum (SIF). “The increased demand from the investment community for sustainability
information, particularly from emerging markets, is a welcome development” explains Sean Gilbert,
Head of Strategic Initiatives at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). For more information, click here.

Simple ideas, big impact
Source: Keystone,
Simple ideas often have the greatest impact. Keystone believes that simple interventions for
enabling the voice of beneficiaries and other constituents of developmental processes enhance
the performance and impact of organisations working in the social change field. Who better to
control and assess the work of these organisations than those most affected by it? For this,
Keystone has developed a series of tools and services that give beneficiaries and other constituents
genuine voice within the organisations that act on their behalf and for their benefit. For more

information, click here.

Anti-Graft - Civil Society Perspectives
By Isiaka Wakili, Daily Trust (Abuja, Nigeria)
The need to stem the tidal wave of corruption in Nigeria has spurred civil society groups in the
country to throw their efforts into the battle. Observing the considerable signs of the government's
declining anti-corruption crusade, the groups as well as some self-inspired individuals have resolved
to take over the battle in the general interest of the country. They formed the Movement Against
Corruption (MAC) on 21 February in Abuja. The occasion was witnessed by representatives of
around 60 organisations from all parts of the country. For more information, click here.


             Say NO to Violence against Women
             UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman
             Violence against women and girls are a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one
             out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex or
otherwise abused in her lifetime, with the abuser usually someone known to her. Perhaps the most
pervasive human rights violation that society knows today, it devastates lives, fractures communities
and stalls development. Statistics paint a horrifying picture of the social and health consequences of
violence against women. For women aged 15 to 44 years, violence is a major cause of death and
disability. In a 1994 study based on World Bank data about ten selected risk factors facing women in
this age group, rape and domestic violence rated higher than cancer, motor vehicle accidents, war
and malaria. Moreover, several studies have revealed increasing links between violence against
women and HIV/AIDS. A survey among 1, 366 South African women showed that women who were
beaten by their partners were 48 percent more likely to be infected with HIV. To join the campaign,
click here.

The E-Campaign
Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
The e-campaign is a real and virtual global mass mobilisation designed to reach local, national
and/or global government officials. National and regional coalitions can add their specific demands
to the main message so that messages sent to government officials are country and regionally-
specific. The March 8th campaign materials are designed to be simple and inexpensive for GCAP
partners so that every person can take personal action by sending at the minimum an e-mail
message. Anyone reading this message through a computer can proceed to send their e-postcard to
a government official, decision-maker, colleague, or anyone of their choice. For more information on
the campaign, click here.

Examples of GCAP Campaign Actions
GCAP Georgia
The GCAP Georgian coalition has been preparing its March 8th mobilisation for some time. The day
will begin with a presentation of the results of a maternal and child health survey conducted by the
Welfare Foundation at the end of 2007. The GCAP coalition has developed recommendations for the
government, demanding better access to maternal health services for women living in poverty. A
report of this survey has been published and will be distributed at the presentation. The Ministry of
Health and Parliamentary Health Committee will be present at the event as well as the media and
NGO sector. Lots of print material will be distributed on this day as well as T-shirts, clocks with
Future without Poverty logos, bags, etc. They then plan to travel to the town of Gori (about 100 km
from the capital) in a GCAP -bus (a bus with GCAP logos and Future Without Poverty banners)
where they will visit a local maternity hospital and meet with staff as well as with the women who
have recently given birth and present them with gifts bearing the message "a Future Without
Poverty". For more information on the campaign actions, click here.

Pledge: Towards a culture of non-violence
Source: Conflict Resolution Network
The Conflict Resolution Network emphasises the teaching and implementation of conflict resolution
skills and the basic skills of non-violence, whether in schools, workplaces or between nations. The
Network promotes research and discussion and the shaping of public policy. The Conflict Resolution
Network offers comprehensive training material which is easy to access, tried and tested and
completely cost-free. For more information on the pledge, click here.

Join the Global Campaign for Education
Millions of parents, teachers and children around the world are calling on their governments to
provide free, good quality, basic education for all the world's children. They are part of the Global
Campaign for Education. Education is a basic human right and fundamental to the fight for human
dignity and freedom. For 72 million children and 774 million adults, that right is violated every day.
The Global Campaign for Education promotes education as a basic human right, and mobilises
public pressure on governments and the international community to fulfill their promises to provide
free, compulsory basic public education for all people; in particular for children, women and all
disadvantaged, deprived sections of society. For more information, click here.


Women’s Tribunals against Poverty
Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
In October 2007, as part of the mobilisation around the International Day for the Eradication of
Poverty, GCAP ‟s Feminist Task Force organised several Women‟s Tribunals against Poverty. The
Tribunals served to inform and present testimony on the conditions women endure as well as put
pressure on governments. The tribunals took place in Peru, India and Bosnia, and a fourth one is
planned in Egypt later this month. Further requests have been received from GCAP DRC, Malta,
Nepal and Pakistan, where the Balochistan Gender group indicated that they are planning to
organise a women's tribunal in 2008. For more information, click here.

Latin America’s Progress on Gender Equality: Poor Women Workers Are Still Left Behind
Author, Eduardo Zepeda, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Millennium Development Goals seek to achieve gender equality by the year 2015 (see MDG
#3). The set of indicators proposed to track progress towards this goal encompasses the social,
political and economic spheres. We focus on an important economic indicator, i.e., the share of
women in wage employment in the non-agricultural sector. The Latin American and Caribbean
region has shown notable progress on all indicators of gender equality. Official data from the United
Nations shows that, within the developing world, this region has had the best performance on
women‟s economic progress. For instance, women hold 42 per cent of wage jobs in the non-
agricultural sector. However, an assessment of the region‟s progress on gender equality cannot rely
only on national averages. In the region in the world with the highest inequality, one should expect
progress in gender equality to be inequitably distributed, and likely to be most limited for poor
women. For more information, click here.

African NGO calls for a new Millennium Development Goal
Source: Pambazuka News
Speaking ahead of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) 2008 spring meeting in
Washington, USA in April 2008, Africa IDP Voice said it was now vital to introduce a new United
Nations Millennium Development Goal ( MDG ) requiring governments to prevent and reduce the
prevalence of Internal Displacement and put in place national, regional and international legal, policy
and institutional frameworks for displaced people‟s protection and assistance as an indispensable
part of the fight against poverty. For more information, click here.


Call to end persistent inequalities and discrimination against women in the Arab region
On the occasion of International Women‟s Day, 8 March
Arab NGO Network for Development
Women in the Arab region have consistently been denied their very basic socio-economic, legal,
civil, familial and political rights. Persistent gender inequalities and discrimination represent a major
constraint to progress at both the development and security fronts in the Arab region. There is a
clear lack of political will to address these inequalities. The Arab Human Development Report
(AHDR) for 2002 noted that discrimination against women is a major obstacle facing development in
the Arab region. The AHDR report for 2005, "Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab Region"
underlines the fact that the efforts to promote women‟s rights are still very limited and rarely
successful. For more information, click here.

Civil Society at the Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
Source: and The Monitor (Kampala, Uganda)
The five-day meeting known as the Global Forum on Human Resources for Health comes after a
realisation that the critical shortage of health workers across the world is a constraint to improving
health systems. The meeting taking place in Kampala, Uganda from 2-7 March will address the
migration of healthcare professionals and unfavourable and challenging working conditions, among
other issues. The forum organised by the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) has attracted
over 1000 government leaders, eminent health workers, academics, civil society and health
professionals from around the world. GHWA is a partnership dedicated to identifying and
implementing solutions to the health workforce crisis. For more information, click here.

Women must participate in all aspects of the climate change debate
Commission on the Status of Women‟s fifty-second session
With women making up the majority of the poor in developing countries and in communities that are
highly dependent on natural resources, experts participating in the work of the Commission on the
Status of Women argued that practical solutions to the escalating global warming crisis hinge on
women's participation in all aspects of the climate change debate, including mitigation and
adaptation. During a lively interactive discussion on 'gender perspectives on climate change', the
emerging issue the Commission had chosen to consider during its current session, a diverse panel
of experts cited numerous studies showing that global warming was not a gender-neutral process.
For more information, click here.

Women Make the News 2008
UNESCO‟s global action to promote gender equality in the media
Women Make the News 2008 is a challenging opportunity to promote gender equality in newsrooms
by applying the principle of equal opportunity while maintaining the highest journalistic standards. By
creating the Women Make the News operation, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organisation (UNESCO)‟s Director General, Koichiro Matsuura, has chosen to emphasise the need
to keep gender equality at every level in the workplace at the forefront of every society‟s agenda.
Women‟s Untold Stories has been chosen as the theme for Women Make the News 2008 to raise
media managers‟ awareness of female journalists‟ and editors‟ professional abilities so as to improve
their career development opportunities in the newsroom and establish gender equality. For more
information, click here.

Congo Basin Forests and Climate Change Adaptation (CoFCCA)
Johnson Nkem, CIFOR Central Africa Coordinator
Climate change constitutes an additional burden that constrains national development in the Central
African region from realising major global targets like the millennium development goals and
achieving the desired economic growth. Numerous factors underscore the vulnerability of the region

to climate impacts. One notable aspect is that the livelihoods of the poor majority (especially women)
are highly dependent on climate-sensitive sectors like agriculture, fisheries, pastoral practices and
forests for household energy, food security, water supply, herbs and tree barks as a first line of
health care products. These same livelihood activities also contribute a significant proportion (~75%)
to the gross domestic product of countries in the region, stressing the fragility of national
development vis-à-vis climate uncertainties and the unpredictability of successful implementation of
any sustainable economic and national development plans. For more information, click here.


Creating an Enabling Environment: Capacity Building in Children’s Participation
Save the Children Sweden (SCS)
This book gives an account of how Save the Children Sweden and partners in Vietnam went about
assessing their work on building the capacity of adults to create an enabling environment for the
participation of children. This publication presents and analyses the data from a three-tier research
process in Vietnam. It examines and is the product of a particular international non-governmental
organisation working at a specific moment in the history of children‟s rights, in collaboration with
other international NGOs but, most importantly, with government agencies. Save the Children
Sweden (SCS) Vietnam does not implement projects directly in Vietnam but works through
partnerships with government at central, provincial and local level and with mass organisations. For
more information, click here.


DONOR: The Nike Foundation
The Nike Foundation believes in the power of human potential to accomplish anything: on the field,
on the court, in life. The Foundation takes that belief to another level, applying it to an issue that
impacts everyone‟s future: poverty in the developing world. The Nike Foundation aims to tackle
poverty by tapping into the simple power of adolescent girls - overlooked and invisible - yet holding
radical potential to create lasting change. The goal is to innovate for and with girls, creating
conditions that support and value girls during their critical, fleeting adolescent years. The Nike
Foundation‟s investments aim to find the best programmes for girls and to test and refine them in
order to maximise their impact. The Foundation also identifies gaps in investment that when filled
can prove that investment in girls works. For additional information, click here.

             MEMBER: Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
             The Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs is based at the Maxwell School of Citizenship
             and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in the USA. The Institute focuses on three
themes, one of which is Transnational NGOs. The Transnational NGO Initiative examines the role of
transnational NGOs in global governance. It pays specific attention to the governance, leadership
and organisational effectiveness of transnational NGOs. The Initiative is comprised of three
components. The research component is designed to better understand organisational challenges
such as performance assessment, coordination, leadership and accountability facing NGOs that
work in a transnational context. The Institute of Global Affairs is interviewing 180 leaders of
transnational NGOs, which will result in the first large scale database of NGO leadership
perspectives. For more information, click here.


                The Rise of Global Civil Society: Building Nations from the Ground Up
                By Don Eberly
                In his new book, The Rise of Global Civil Society, Don Eberly presents an overview of
the forces now shaping the global debate. He predicts that the twenty-first century will see more
social entrepreneurship, private philanthropy, public-private partnerships and grass-roots linkages
involving religious and civic communities. The key to meeting development challenges in the future
will be to harness the best of both the public and the private sector so as to foster experimentation
with approaches that rely on markets and on civil society, and that engage the poor as partners. For
more information, click here.

NGO Law and Governance: A Resource Book
By Grant Stillman of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
NGO Law and Governance answers a need in an area that has experienced enormous growth over
the past 25 years. Interest in the legal aspects of NGOs has increased due to their greater
participation in civil society and political life. The author, from his practical knowledge in the field, has
paid more attention to the improvement of governance in local and development-focused NGOs,
which still work primarily in their home countries. This book will be of interest to members, managers
and volunteers of big and small NGOs and also development practitioners and students of social
change. It will be helpful to anyone seeking an understanding of the basic content of international
and domestic laws and generally accepted governance principles impacting the operation of the civil
society sector. For more information, click here.

               New service for civil society: Human Rights Consulting
               Source: Daniel D'Esposito, Editor, Human Rights Tools
Human Rights Tools is launching a new consulting service, Human Rights Consulting. It offers a
wide range of expertise to civil society organisations, covering most areas of human rights and most
types of human rights work. Fees are competitive because the tools have very few overheads. It‟s
easy to access this service: you can contact a consultant directly by sending an e-mail to For more information, click here.

NGO Matchmaker Service
Association of Civil Society Development Centre (STGM)
STGM encourages NGOs in Turkey to participate in international cooperation, networking and the
exchange of information and experience. In order to serve this aim, it has recently developed a new
web facility, the „NGO Matchmaker‟, to play an active role in strengthening and developing
partnerships between NGOs from Turkey and those from the EU member and candidate countries
as well as international NGOs. They believe that this service will strengthen civil dialogue and create
sustainable relationships between NGOs. For more information, click here.

New Study: The future of politics, policy and the Internet
Source: Centre for Policy Studies
Just as television and radio transformed the way politics operated in the twentieth century, so in the
future will the internet have a profound effect on the language and conduct of politics and policy.
This will be a gradual and inexorable phenomenon. The internet will bring a far greater openness to
politics. The power of search will enforce consistency and depth in both policy and the
communication of policy. And the tone of debate will, at least in many cases, remain lively, anti-
establishment and original. For the activist and the citizen, the internet will increasingly be used to
hold politicians to account and to enable like-minded groups to develop potent single-issue
campaigns. For more information, click here.


GLN China Forum: GLN China Training Event
16 April 2008, Beijing, China
Following the Global Leadership Network (GLN)'s announcement to work with the Chinese
Federation for Corporate Social Responsibility (CFCSR), officially signed on 1 February, members of
the GLN team will conduct a training session on the use of the GLN's strategic management tool,
thus helping CFCSR member companies identify strategic social, environmental and governance
issues for their businesses along with plans on how best to manage these issues in the future. For
more information, click here.

Public Participation and Corporate Social Responsibility Conference
27-29th August 2008, Glasgow, UK
The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) conference will be held in partnership
with the Scottish Centre for Sustainable Development (SCSCD). The purpose of the conference is to
bring together all parties associated with the citizen engagement debate. This will include
international corporations, the community and voluntary sectors, business and public authorities.
The conference will be highly interactive; will present the latest in public engagement research; and
will illustrate substantial numbers of case studies where public engagement has been shown to be
successful. For more information, click here.


2008 Global Development Marketplace Competition
Applications Deadline: 21 March 2008
The 2008 Global Development Marketplace competition (DM2008) seeks proposals on the theme of
Sustainable Agriculture for Development. Applications will undergo rigorous review by more than
200 development experts. About 100 finalists will be announced in June and will be invited to World
Bank headquarters in Washington, DC in late September to vie for grants in person at the DM2008
Marketplace event. This competition offers a unique opportunity to turn your innovative idea for
sustainable agriculture in developing countries into reality. If selected, your idea could receive up to
US$200,000 in grant funding for implementation over two years. For more information, click here.

2008 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
Nomination Deadline: 1 April 2008
The purpose of the annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award is to honour those who, at great
risk, stand up to oppression in their efforts to support human rights. The Award is intended to honour
only individuals who are engaged in non-violent activity. The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial has
recognised the courage and sacrifice of 37 community activists, political prisoners,
environmentalists, union organisers and human rights defenders in 21 countries. The Award, which
includes a significant cash prize, seeks to draw international attention to the work of brave
individuals who make great personal sacrifices, often risking their own lives, to promote respect for
the human rights of all people. The Kennedy Human Rights Award seeks to identify and honour
those people who embody Robert Kennedy's belief in the power of individual effort to overcome
injustice. For more information, click here.


Call for participants in Survey on Civic Space in USA, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia
Application Deadline: 11 March 2008
CIVICUS is developing a Civic Space Barometer to monitor the perceived space for civil society
around the world. As part of this project, CIVICUS is searching for civil society actors (including

individuals involved in the media, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), trade unions and faith
based organisations, among others) in the USA, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia to participate in a survey
on the space for civil society in their countries. Applicants should have an understanding of civil
society in their countries, and be willing to complete approximately four simple surveys over the next
two years. For more information, click here or e-mail

Civil society application for 2008 High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS
Nomination Deadline: 11 March 2008
In its resolution 62/178, adopted on 19 December 2007, the UN General Assembly decided to
convene a High-level Meeting (HLM) on 10-11 June 2008 to undertake a comprehensive review of
progress achieved in realising the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006
Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, as well as to promote the continued engagement of leaders in a
comprehensive response to AIDS. NGLS has been working closely with the Joint United Nations
Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA)
and the Civil Society Support Mechanism (CSSM) to support civil society engagement in the high-
level meeting and in the country level reporting processes on AIDS. For more information on NGOs‟
consultative status with ECOSOC to nominate speakers, click here.

Call for Statements of Interest: Partner organisations for the implementation of the CIVICUS
Civil Society Index
Application Deadline: 31 March 2008
The CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI) team is pleased to announce its open call for statements of
interest to implement the CSI around the world. The selection criteria include having a broad-based
constituency at the national level as well as experience and a background in both advocacy and
research. CIVICUS Civil Society Index future partner organisations will be informed in late April
2008. Applications received after 31 March will not be considered. The project implementation will
start in May 2008 and span 2008 and part of 2009. The call for statements of interest is available in
English, French and Spanish.

 This week 29 new civil society job openings have been added to the CIVICUS website. Please click

                                        JOBS OF THE WEEK

                                Application Deadline: 20 March 2008
                                  CIVICUS Civil Society Networks
                                Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
                                  For more information, click here.

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