Development cooperation news roundup: 7-11 Dec 2020

Development cooperation news roundup: 7-11 Dec 2020

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SHRINKING CIVIC SPACE 101. On International Human Rights Day, we tackle the global pattern of shrinking civic space, which undermines democracy and the exercise of fundamental freedoms.

What is it and why is it happening? Who are its targets? Why is it bad? Check out these cards and please share widely! 

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Online events

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On 14 December 2020, 2PM Kathmandu | 2:15PM Manila | 9:15PM Brussels via Zoom, CPDE Feminist Group will lead a discussion on CSO Development Effectiveness in Covid-19 context from Feminist Perspectives:  

TODAY 11 December at 10:30AM Kenya/ 2PM Myanmar/ 6:30PM Melbourne, People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty holds ‘Online Knowledge Sharing: Lessons in Advocating for Genuine Agrarian Reform in Thailand and Cambodia’ Sign in: Tune in on PCFS Facebook page:  

On 17 December 2020 at 9AM New York/ 2PM Senegal / 9PM Indonesia. International Migrants Alliance holds a Global Online Rally of migrants to commemorate the International Migrants Day. Register at   

Watch CIVICUS’ webinar  ‘Challenging exclusion and claiming rights”: 

Watch International Trade Union Confederation’s webinar “Union and Youth Climate Leaders for a Just Transition”:  


CPDE IP Sector’s Jiten Yumnam, of the Centre for Research and Advocacy Manipur (CRAM) in northeast India, reflects on the proceedings of the High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC), in a piece titled DAC HLM 2020: Advancing the Role of the Private Sector in Development Cooperation:

CIVICUS Monitor launched its global data report, People Power Under Attack 2020 – showing a comprehensive picture of the state of civic freedoms worldwide: 

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) statement on Human Rights Day 2020 (EN/FR/SP):  

From IBON International: ‘Resistance embodies people’s inherent dignity and inalienable rights’:  

Afrodad’s summer school program themed ‘Leveraging on the extractive sector for improved domestic resources mobilisation in Africa’. Explore their modules and resources:  

From Arab NGO Network for Development: ‘Lebanon in crisis: is there an exit?’

From Cordaid: ‘Covid-19 drives drop in aid and spike in needs. Humanitarian choices become tougher.’ 

From Concord Europe: ‘Mind Our Business: Amplify the transformative power of sustainable and inclusive business models through EU external action’. 

Calls for projects

  • 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:  
  • Application open for United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGC) ‘Asia Pacific Researchers, Practitioners & Policy-makers in Dialogue with Children & Youth’ Project 2020, a project that aims to provide a mechanism for meaningful exchange with researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers on topics relating to COVID-19, climate crisis, and disaster risk reduction (DRR). Apply before 18 December 2020:  
  • The Human Rights House Foundation has launched a Call for Project Proposals within its Civil Society Grants Programme for engagement with citizens and communities and dialogue between civil society and national and international stakeholders. Eligible countries: Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Apply before 18 December 2020: 

Good reads

Why the Omnibus Law is not only an assault on workers’ rights but also on Indonesia’s SDG progress (EN/SP/FR): 

Despite reforms, patriarchal systems continue to hinder land ownership by African women (EN/SP/FR):  

Palm oil giant Wilmar unfazed as watchdogs cry foul over Papua deforestation:  

Changing gender realities in MENA: Fostering social entrepreneurship. (EN/ARABIC): 

Eritrean refugees cut off from aid, threatened by Ethiopia’s continuing conflict:


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