Development Cooperation News Roundup – 18-22 Jan 2021

Development Cooperation News Roundup – 18-22 Jan 2021

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  • CPDE Co-Chairs release a support statement for Co-Chair Beverly Longid, whose indigenous people’s organisation in the Philippines faces malicious attacks from the government, and is being tagged as enemies of the state:
  • CPDE LAC’s DECA Equipo Pueblo hosts a press conference for Recovering and Strengthening Civic Spaces in Mexico – Our summary article of the event. EN  
  • ‘Keeping Civic Space Healthy”: The International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL) 2019-2020 Annual Report is out!  
  • The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN),  as part of the CPDE working group on Conflict and Fragility, launched their research study on the reality of development work in Yemen:  
  • The European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) has published the CSO Meter updates regarding civil society environment in the Eastern Partnership countries, featuring Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine: 

‘Racism and Institutionalised Discrimination in the Roll-Out of the COVID-19 Vaccine’. A Joint Statement from the Palestinian NGOs Network (PNGO), the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC), and the Palestinian National Institute for NGOs (PNIN):  

Online events

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  • From January 25 to 29, 2021, the Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN) holds its annual research conference on free trade agreements (FTAs) in Asia Pacific with the theme “Towards a Pro-People Economy and Trade Agenda”. Register for plenary sessions:
  • The 7th Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organisations in International Affairs will take place on January 26, 2020 from 8-12:30 EST. This year’s event is entitled “2021: A Defining Year for Accelerating Gender Equality, Equity and Justice.” Sign up:  
  • On 26 January 2021 at 4PM Johannesburg/ 10PM Manila, CIVICUS holds a webinar entitled ‘Positive narratives of collective action’ – Sign up:  
  • From January 23 to 31, the 2021 edition of the World Social Forum (WSF) will be held virtually. The WSF should be an open space for reflection, democratic debate of ideas, and articulation of effective actions by the entities and movements of civil society worldwide. Check-out their program and sign-up (EN/FR/SP/ARABIC/CHINESE +):  
  • Our colleagues from DECA, Equipo Pueblo, AC held a press conference on the National Campaign on Shrinking Civic Spaces in Mexico.   
  • Asia Pacific Solidarity Forum in support of farmers’ movement in India.  
  • International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL)’s webinar on ‘Improving Governance and Fighting Corruption for Inclusive Growth in the Middle East and North Africa’.  

Call for projects/applications

  • The Western Balkan Fund launched an Open Call for Research Papers ‘Impact of COVID-19 on sustainability of Civil Society Organizations in the Western Balkan region’. Apply before February 7, 2021:  
  • Youth activists are welcome to apply for the CIVICUS Youth Action Lab, a one year co-creation lab to support youth activists to be more resilient and sustainable in their work. Apply before February 1, 2021: 
  • Youth in the Asia-Pacific region are welcome to submit their business proposal or innovative idea to improve the lives of migrants, displaced people and their host communities among the urban poor. Apply to the Youth Innovation for Human Mobility initiative to get support in developing your idea into a viable social enterprise. Apply before Feb 10, 2021: 

Good reads

  • Can civil society survive COVID-19? 
  • Indigenous peoples wary of UN biodiversity rescue plan:  
  • Auditing firms shouldn’t provide cover for the inaction of global brands on low wages:  
  • Reclaiming civic space: global challenges, local responses. 
  • Why women’s right to health and gender equality should be your business:  
  • Big data : a friend or foe for small farmers?  

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