Communications Round-up: 9-13 November 2020


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2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association:

Online events 

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  • 23 November 2020, 1400 Brussels | CPDE and EU Development Co-operation, are co-organising a webinar titled “Towards a convincing evidence base to enhance effective development cooperation” 
  • 23-27 November 2020 | 13th edition of the Black Sea NGO Forum, , online: 
  • 12-15 November 2020 | The IX International Meeting of the Pan-Amazonian Social Forum, Mocoa – Colombia 2020 will be held virtually from  with the main purpose to share ideas, experiences and actions against extractive development. For more information visit The meeting will be streamed on their Facebook and YouTube pages. 


  • Communique from the OECD Development Assistance Committee High Level Meeting 2020 last 9-10 Nov 2020 (EN/FR): 
  • Media release from the OECD DAC CSO Reference Group: Amidst the C19 crisis, DAC members turn to effectiveness and the private sector as ODA stays scarce. NGOs are calling for more aid and safeguards in private sector involvement: 
  • What is the state of global finance in support of people and planet? NEW OECD Global Outlook on Financing for Sustainable Development sets the agenda for enabling better investments aligned with the SDGs. 
  • Trade Union calls on DAC members to deliver an SDG-driven Covid-19 response that promotes inclusive, environmentally sustainable #growth and decent work for all (EN/FR/SP): 
  • We face greatest test of global solidarity in generations, as COVID-19 inflicts unprecedented harm, UN Secretary-General tells group of 77 ministers: 
  • CIVICUS report on Civil Society Response to the pandemic (EN/FR/SP): 

Call for Projects

  • Call for Abstracts: From the Working Group on Conflict and Fragility: Policy Research on Development Effectiveness of the Triple Nexus, deadline 30 November 2020: 
  • CIVICUS is looking for 5 passionate grassroots activists to join a group that will co-create and implement a campaign to advocate for improved resourcing practices for grassroots activism throughout 2021. Apply before 26 November 2020:
  • World Justice Project launched a Call for Application to The World Justice Challenge 2021 for initiatives addressing Rule of Law challenges amid Covid-19. Apply until 11 December 2020:
  • Black Sea NGO Forum launched a Call for Abstracts for the “Building Knowledge for CSO Cooperation in the Black Sea Region” Articles Series: 10 articles on topics related to regional cooperation, CSO leadership, and CSO resilience in the region during crisis. Apply until 15 December 2020:

Good reads

  • Working people dragged Joe Biden over the finish line. But winning the election is like gaining recognition for a union. Now the real work starts: 
  • Deadly storm sweeps Central America:
  • Over a million Rohingya have been denied voting rights in Sunday’s elections amid a sustained assault on democratic freedoms: A blog on the state of civic and political rights in Myanmar:  
  • The Children of Fallujah: The Medical Mystery at the Heart of the Iraq War: 
  • ‘The Ixil helping the Ixil’: Indigenous people in Guatemala lead their own Hurricane Eta response: ‘It’s abandonment; it’s irresponsibility; and it’s a lack of interest in these communities.’: 
  • Italy’s use of ferries to quarantine migrants comes under fire ‘The isolation should be limited to protecting the right to health of the individual and the community, not to justify restrictions on personal freedom.’: 
  • The weapons industry doesn’t care who’s president. CEOs of arms manufacturers and their investors are confident about their prospects, regardless of which candidate wins the election.

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