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CPDE January to April 2021 Newsletter out now!

4. Mai 2021 - 10:58

Download the latest CPDE newsletter, covering the global civil society platform’s engagements from January to April 2021.

It is also available in French and Spanish here, and here.


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CPDE to participate in Global Partnership webinar

3. Mai 2021 - 4:54

Held in the margins of the 2021 Development Co-operation Forum, a webinar led by the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) will discuss CSOs’ access to multi-stakeholder dialogue as an important vehicle to bring the voices of people to the table that might otherwise be marginalised from global development agendas, in the face of rapid digitalisation and the pandemic. 

CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness Co-Chair Richard Ssewakiryanga and members Josefine Villegas of the Youth Constituency and Diego López González of the Labour Constituency will speak at the event.

Through the webinar, GPEDC aims to

  • Emphasise the important role of meaningful multi-stakeholder dialogues for a CSO enabling environment and as a basis for meaningful multi-stakeholder partnerships.
  • Explore the possible impacts of digitalization on civic space and multi-stakeholder dialogues. The OECD will provide an overview of plausible outcomes from the Foresight Policy Paper on “Digital transformation and the futures of civic space to 2030.”
  • Present country experiences on challenges and opportunities for CSO engagement in digital multi-stakeholder dialogues 
  • Gather some lessons learnt and good practices for meaningful digital multi-stakeholder dialogues. The Task Team will showcase its online interactive guidance and virtual workshops as a positive solution for continued information dissemination and multi-stakeholder partnerships for CSO development effectiveness and enabling environment through virtual means.

The event will be held on Thursday, 6 May, at 7:30 am EST/1:30 pm CEST.

View the program here, and register here. #

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Progressing National SDGs Implementation Report 2021

3. Mai 2021 - 4:21

The Progressing National SDGs Implementation report provides an independent analysis of reporting by United Nations Member States to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Supported by a coalition of civil society organizations from around the world and prepared by Cooperation Canada, the report examines the current status of 2030 Agenda implementation, unpacks trends in reporting and identifies good practice.

This year’s report will showcase positive trends with respect to reporting on partnerships, including the role played by civil society, and policy coherence. However, it also underlines the continued silence by Member States in Voluntary National Review (VNR) reports on closing of the civic space, as well as the lack of reference to national accountability mechanisms. Moreover, this year’s report discusses the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on overall implementation of the sustainable development goals.

Download the file here. #

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One Year On: COVID-19 has made CSOs’ effectiveness harder on many fronts

30. April 2021 - 5:17

The CPDE International Civil Society Organisations (ICSOs) sector has released its study One Year On: COVID-19 has made CSOs’ effectiveness harder on many fronts: A CPDE study on the impacts of the pandemic.

The report offers a snapshot from the point of view primarily of ICSOs of the global pandemic’s far-reaching effects, one year on, on this constituency’s ability to play its part, seen through the lens of the development effectiveness agenda.

In conducting the research, the sector aimed to highlight the main impacts on CSOs’ ability to operate effectively in order to help the INGO constituency group, and the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) as a whole, pinpoint next steps for more in-depth research and/or action to support CSOs in implementing their development effectiveness principles more fully in these most challenging of times.

It outlines the main impacts identified by study participants, including the challenges caused by an increasingly hostile environment for CSOs to operate in and serious funding constraints for all, but particularly for national CSOs. It then examines in more detail how the pandemic and responses to it have affected ICSOs’ ability to implement key areas guiding the effectiveness of their operations.

This exposes some major difficulties created by the pandemic for CSOs’ capacities to promote core areas, such as human rights and social justice and women and girls’ empowerment, and to meet their commitments in practice to people’s empowerment, democratic ownership and participation and pursuing equitable partnerships with national and local CSO partners. It also presents some positive developments, notably an increased appreciation for CSOs and the causes they espouse and multiple opportunities through digitalisation. It examines these against the backdrop of major trends in international development that were either heightened during the pandemic or emerged in the midst of it.

This report also builds on a number of previous studies, namely: “Civil Society Initiatives on Covid-19,” a report, which details the results of a survey undertaken by CPDE just a few weeks into the pandemic to better understand how the pandemic was affecting CSOs at that time; a study from 2016, a self-assessment of the level of support from the INGO community for the development effectiveness agenda, “How Effective are International Non-Governmental Organisations? A study of INGO support of the development effectiveness agenda” (hereafter, ‘the CPDE ICSO 2016 study’); and a follow-up working paper from 2019, “Accelerating the Implementation of the Istanbul Principles by INGOs in a Changing Development Landscape” (hereafter, ‘the CPDE ICSO 2019 study’), which looked at the areas of development effectiveness that have been most challenging for INGOs to implement, and contextualised these against major trends affecting INGOs at that time. #

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Call for Consultancy: Development of tool for Istanbul Principles implementation review

26. April 2021 - 3:55

Call for Expression of Interest for Consultancy Services to Develop an Online Assessment Tool for the Constituency Review of the Implementation of the Istanbul Principles

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) is seeking consultancy services to develop an online assessment tool for CSOs to review their implementation of the Istanbul Principles and to conduct the assessment among CPDE members using this tool.


CPDE has embarked on a program to promote the universal application of EDC for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A target outcome of the program is to have reinforced the application and recognition of the CSO Development Effectiveness (CSO DE) principles, also known as the Istanbul Principles. CSOs generally reflect on their own effectiveness in development on a regular basis yet challenges remain in terms of how the global CSO effectiveness principles can be applied based on the context and realities of the countries and sectors. The current political environment increasingly denies CSOs of enabling environment to operate resulting in, at least in part, the decrease in the capacity of CPDE members to implement their own effectiveness.

One of the activities that will support this outcome is the CSO Effectiveness Review, where CPDE will conduct an online self-assessment that will be accessible to a wide variety of CSOs. To aid the CSO Effectiveness Review, the CPDE wishes to develop an assessment tool for CSOs to review their effectiveness.

Objectives of the consultancy:

  1. To design a online tool that will be used by CSOs to assess their implementation of the Istanbul Principles, based on but not limited to, an initial mapping of indicators drawn up by the CPDE Global Secretariat
  2. To conduct an assessment among CPDE members using the tool to assess their effectiveness
  3. To encode, process and analyse the results of the assessment
  4. To present the results and analysis in a written report

Outputs of the consultancy:

  1. An online tool containing indicators that will serve as a survey instrument for CSOs to self-evaluate their implementation of the Istanbul Principles
  2. Encoded and processed responses
  3. Report on the analysis of assessment results

Call details:

  1. Quotations should be written in English and submitted by email as an attachment to on or before 4 May 2021, 1700 Manila, Philippines.
  2. A contract may be awarded to the supplier representing the best value for money, i.e. lowest-priced technically-compliant among the submitted offers
  3. In the case two quotations are evaluated and are found to be of the same ranking, the contract will be awarded to supplier with the most satisfactory record of service delivery with CPDE.
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TAKE THE SURVEY: CPDE to gather civil society perspectives on achieving SDGs amid Covid-19

23. April 2021 - 11:29

Global platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness invites civil society organisations (CSO) from around the world to participate in its annual survey on the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the voluntary national reviews (VNR), using the lens of effective development cooperation (EDC).

The deadline for responses is April 30, 2021. Results and analysis will be presented in time for the UN High-Level Political Forum this July 2021.

The survey is available in English, French, and Spanish.


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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Virtual Global Workshop for the CSO Aid Observatorio Training Handbook

16. April 2021 - 10:35

CPDE calls on its members to submit an expression of interest to join the Virtual Global Workshop for the CSO Aid Observatorio Training Handbook, to be held end of May 2021.

Deadline of submission is April 21, 2021.

A short background is pasted below, but interested parties can check out the FINAL CONCEPT + CALL FOR EOI – Observatorio Workshop (available in English, Spanish, and French) for complete details. #


In 2020, RoA-AP and CPDE Asia developed the CSO Aid Observatorio Training Handbook and conducted a Virtual Pilot Workshop discussing the Handbook contents mainly because the two networks aim to increase the capacities and enhance the skills of CSOs and peoples’ organizations in doing development cooperation work.

The Workshop serves as a capacity development initiative that aims to introduce the CSO Aid Observatorio Training Handbook to the members and encourage them to echo the workshop in their respective organizations and/or partner communities. The workshop also allows members to share best practices on CSO partnerships and exercise people’s research that shall directly benefit the CSO Aid Observatorio Platform.

The Training Handbook caters not only to the seasoned CSOs but also to the new wave of CSOs, activists, researchers, and other development stakeholders with the ultimate goal to deliver the objectives of the CSO Aid Observatorio Platform.

The Observatorio Platform’s objectives are as follows:
1. Promote awareness and transparency on the management of aid by recipient governments and other development cooperation providers;
2. Aid research and analysis on the trends and impacts of development projects and public-private partnerships;
3. Assist engagement of CSOs with recipient and donor governments and other providers for the effective and efficient use of public funds and for the protection of human rights and democracy;
4. Assist advocacy campaigns of communities or grassroots and peoples’ organizations for the assertion of their democratic rights and for seeking transparency and accountability from governments and other providers; and
5. Facilitate shared learning and discourse among CSOs, policymakers, academia, media, and activists for the promotion of a human rights-based, people-powered sustainable development and forwarding of critical solutions or recommendations.

Explore the CSO Aid Observatorio Platform:
Download the Training Handbook:

This 2021, RoA-AP has been contracted by the CPDE Global Secretariat to conduct the Global Workshop on the CSO Aid Observatorio. RoA-AP, thus, invites country focal points to submit applications for the Global Workshop.

At the end of the Workshop, the participants will be able to:
1. Reflect the transformations in the aid architecture and development cooperation;
2. Situate development cooperation concepts and examples in the current context;
3. Discuss new challenges and emerging trends in development cooperation policies and practices;
4. Encourage CSOs to practice re-imagined ways of aid monitoring and policy engagement;
5. Harness CSOs’ capacities in research, monitoring, and analysis to contribute to the CSO Aid Observatorio Platform;
6. Harness CSOs’ capacities to develop national-level CSO Aid Observatorio Platform; and
7. Adapt or modify the global workshop program to conduct national-level CSO Aid Observatorio Workshop.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and related crises call for higher levels of ODA

14. April 2021 - 7:45

Today, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced that over the course of 2020 DAC donors allocated 161.2 billion USD of official development assistance (ODA), more commonly known as ‘development aid’. Despite the long-standing commitment to contribute 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) towards ODA, the 2020 figures show that only 32 cents for every $100 in national income was allocated to addressing global development and humanitarian challenges. Such low ODA levels are both economically unwise and morally flawed, given the current pandemic and interconnected crises, including climate change, conflict, fragility, and rising poverty and inequalities.

COVID-19 is not a fleeting crisis – it has already left a lasting impact on all aspects of our societies, disrupting 25 years of global progress against poverty and inequalities in a matter of months. The world’s most marginalised are disproportionately affected. COVID-19 is pushing an estimated 150 million people into extreme poverty, and 137 million to the brink of starvation, representing an increase of over 80% in acute hunger since before the pandemic began.

Before the pandemic, donors were already off-track to achieve their international aid commitments. The consequences of COVID-19 requires the DAC community to considerably increase its ODA levels. ODA is a vital resource for supporting those most in need to help counter the negative trends coming from the pandemic, compounded by the climate emergency and persisting conflicts and fragility. In 2020, DAC donors prioritised their national responses towards COVID at the expense of international aid. This 2021, a substantial and immediate increase in ODA levels must be the top priority to ensure the achievement of the 2030 Agenda on time. Now is the time to move beyond mainly protecting existing aid budgets as the released figures show.

76 civil society organisations across the world are calling on DAC members to fulfill and exceed the 0.7% target for ODA and the 0.15% to 0.2% target for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), prioritising unconditional grants and technical support. We urge the DAC to work with the experience of partner countries, DAC members and other stakeholders to ramp up the role of aid in support of health, education, social protection, peacebuilding, and conflict prevention in the midst of this unfinished crisis. Furthermore, we call on donors to uphold the integrity of ODA, building on decades of lessons for effective development cooperation, and to uphold human rights and development effectiveness principles.


Media contact :
Matthew Simonds, Global Coordinator DAC-CSO Reference Group:
Mark Pascual, Media Coordinator DAC-CSO Reference Group:


Signed by:

  1. ACEP – Associação para a Cooperação Entre os Povos, Portugal
  2. Act Church of Sweden, Sweden
  3. Act Alliance, Global
  4. ActionAid International, Global
  5. Action Santé Mondiale, France
  6. Aid Watch Canada, Canada
  7. AKÜ – Estonian Roundtable for Development Cooperation, Estonia
  8. Alliance Sud, Switzerland
  9. Ambrela, Slovakia
  10. AQOCI – Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale, Canada
  11. Bond – the International Development Network, United Kingdom
  12. Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Canada
  13. Canadian Lutheran World Relief, Canada
  14. Care International, Global
  15. Caritas Europa, Regional
  16. CBM – Global Disability Inclusion, Global
  17. CCEDNet – Canadian Community Economic Development Network, Canada
  18. Centre for Research and Advocacy Manipur, India
  19. CNCD-11.11.11 – Centre National de Coopération au Développement, Belgium
  20. Commonwealth Medical Trust, United Kingdom
  21. CONCORD – European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, Regional
  22. CONCORD Sweden, Sweden
  23. Cooperation Canada, Canada
  24. Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada, Canada
  25. Coordinadora de ONGDs – Spain
  26. Coordination Sud, France
  27. Council for People’s Development and Governance, Philippines
  28. Cordaid, the Netherlands
  29. CPDE – CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, Global
  30. Crosol, Croatia
  31. CSPPS – Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, Global
  32. DemNet, Hungary
  33. Development and Peace — Caritas Canada, Canada
  34. Diakonia, Sweden
  35. EILER – The Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research, Philippines
  36. Eurodad – the European Network on Debt and Development, Regional
  37. Global Citizen, Global
  38. Global Policy Forum, Global
  39. Global Responsibility, Austria
  40. Grandmothers Advocacy Network, Canada
  41. Fingo – Finnish Development NGOs, Finland
  42. ForumCiv, Sweden
  43. FORS – Czech Forum for Development Cooperation, Czech Republic
  44. Ibon Foundation, Philippines
  45. Ibon International, Global
  46. Inter Pares, Canada
  47. Islamic Relief Canada, Canada
  48. JANIC – Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation, Japan
  49. KAIROS – Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Canada
  50. KOO – Co-ordination Office of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference for International Development and Mission, Austria
  51. McLeod Group, Canada
  52. Nash Vek Public Foundation, Kyrgyzstan
  53. NEADS – North-East Affected Area Development Society, India
  54. ONE, Global
  55. Oxfam International, Global
  56. PIANGO, Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations, Regional
  57. Plataforma ONGD Portuguesa, Portugal
  58. Reality of Aid, Global
  59. Reality of Aid – Africa, Regional
  60. Reality of Aid – Asia and the Pacific, Regional
  61. Rihrdo – Rural Infrastructure and Human Resources Development organisation, Pakistan
  62. RIPESS – Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy, Global
  63. SOCODEVI, Canada
  64. Swedish Development Partner, Sweden
  65. Taiwan Aid, Taiwan
  66. Tanzania Coalition on Debt and Development, Tanzania
  67. Tearfund, Canada
  68. United Church of Canada, Canada
  69. UPADI – UPA Développement International, Canada
  70. Veterinarians without Borders, Canada
  71. Wemos, the Netherlands
  72. WILPF – Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Sweden, Sweden
  73. Women for Water Partnership, the Netherlands
  74. World Accord, Canada
  75. World Vision – EU Representation
  76. 11.11.11, Belgium

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Black Sea Region Development Effectiveness Principles Workshop

13. April 2021 - 4:51

FOND Romania officially announces its Call for Applications for the Regional Workshop on Developing the Capacity of the CSOs from the Black Sea Region in Implementing the Development Effectiveness Principles.

The Regional Workshop on Developing the Capacity of the CSOs from the Black Sea Region in Implementing the Development Effectiveness Principles/ODA Transparency and Accountability will mainly target CSO representatives from the Black Sea NGO Forum (in particular the CSO Sustainability and Resilience Working Group), from the EU member states and non-EU, engaged in International Development Cooperation activities.

The main topics to be addressed during the programme will be CSO Development Effectiveness Principles, with an emphasis on transparency and accountability of the ODA financing.

The workshop will be delivered between May-June 2021 and comprises five modules of learning (online training and coaching/mentoring) with a focus on innovative approaches in: impact assessment, digital transformation and human rights, digital storytelling techniques, building equitable and sustainable partnerships, impact and accountability automation.

The general communication during the Training Programme will be held in English.

The training will be delivered by Mr. Gabriel Brezoiu, Ms. Alexandra Peca and Ms. Diana Ionita.

May 13th, 16:00 GMT+3 (Bucharest time)
May 20th, 16:00 GMT+3 (Bucharest time)
May 27th, 16:00 GMT+3 (Bucharest time)
June 3rd, 16:00 GMT+3 (Bucharest time)
June 10th, 16:00 GMT+3 (Bucharest time)

In order to apply for our Program, please take a few minutes to fill in this online form.

The deadline for submitting applications is the 26th of April 2021.

Please note that the application must be filled in English only. Multiple or 2 to 3 applications from the same organization are encouraged. The form is available here: #

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Covid-19 response ineffective, lacking in human rights-based approach – CPDE

2. April 2021 - 14:03

In a recent webinar, global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) described the pandemic response around the world as ineffective and seriously lacking in terms of human rights and the Leave No One Behind principle, drawing from its multistakeholder research World in lockdown, development on hold: A special CPDE report on the (in)effectiveness of the Covid-19 response.

Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Emergencies Programme and keynote speaker at the event, echoed the findings: “A lot of communities right now are in the rearview mirror and not being observed through the lens of equity and human rights. This pandemic is uneven around the world, it’s uneven in its impacts. It’s been a great revealer: it peeled away the bandages from old wounds in our society and it’s also revealed and driven new inequities.”

Dr. Ryan lamented that while there had been great examples of community resilience and international cooperation, including in the civil society, to fight the pandemic, the world is “not doing a really good job at ensuring that basic human rights are being upheld: the right to health, the right to have access to health, the right to personal dignity, and in some cases, Covid-19 has been actually utilised as a means of denying people their rights. “We got an F, in terms of not leaving everyone behind,” he adds.

In the CPDE study, Co-Chair Beverly Longid, and Latin America and the Caribbean region’s Josefina Villegas shared that many states have used the pandemic to attack human rights and civil liberties, such as the freedoms of movement, association, and organisation, and that some countries have deployed excessive police force, instead of comprehensive medical solutions as the primary response to the pandemic.

The attacks on democratic rights and spaces, the research explains, “limit systems and mechanisms for promoting effective development cooperation (EDC) principles in the pandemic response and undermined the position of civil society organisations (CSOs) as development partners and independent actors in their own right.” At the same time, the study recognises that despite the pandemic’s challenges and the shrinking of civic space, CSOs have continued to engage in advocacy work, helping create alternative development plans especially for the marginalised, to leave no one behind.

On the subject of Covid-19 and its impact on implementing the effectiveness agenda at country level, Ulrika Modeer, Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator, and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy at the United Nations Development Programme, explained that the pandemic’s main challenge to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would be the growing inequalities – between poor and rich countries, and inside rich countries as well – which have enabled the spread of the pandemic. She also pointed to the need to look at the principle of development effectiveness and challenge countries, donors, and government to leverage resources around it.

Meanwhile, in her session ‘Making aid transparent, predictable and accountable to improve the effectiveness of the pandemic response,’ Gabriella Fesus, Head of Social Inclusion and Protection, Health and Demography, European Commission, spoke of the Commission’s efforts to mobilise resources, including financial and technical support, and acknowledged that there is a need to improve the system, and develop further ownership, alignment, and inclusiveness.

Independent researcher for the CPDE International Civil Society Organisations (ICSO) sector Catherine Turner found the same impacts on international civil society, in their research. CSOs, she explained, faced limitations to their operating environment, in the form of shrinking civic space and movement restriction, as well as concerns around funding and being excluded by the government from decision-making, even as they are being engaged by governments.

Helen Holm, coordinator for Covid-19 response at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), accepting Dr. Ryan’s point regarding the world’s failure in promoting human rights in its pandemic response, and talked about how donors can do better in applying the effective development cooperation principles in the pandemic response in order to truly Leave No One Behind and deliver results. For instance, she explains that Sida early on recognised the need to support civil society, even more as restrictive measures were put in place.

Finally, Monica Asuna, Deputy Chief Economist at the National Treasury of Kenya, shared challenges in addressing the country’s priority concerns, especially the need for social assistance to the heavily affected and for health equipment and other resources to fight the pandemic, in her segment on whether Covid-19 responses are respecting the EDC principle on Country Ownership.

The discussions were moderated by CPDE Co-Chair Justin Kilcullen.

CPDE is an open platform that unites civil society organisations from around the world on the issue of effective development cooperation (EDC). It strives to make development more effective by reshaping the global aid architecture and empowering CSOs working on the ground.

To download the study and learn more, visit CPDE’s webpage on its Covid-19 engagements,


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NEWS RELEASE: Global civil society reports on widespread ineffective Covid response

29. März 2021 - 14:58

Through a global webinar, global civil society platform CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) will be presenting its study World in Lockdown, Development on Hold: A special CPDE report on the (in)effectiveness of the Covid-19 response, on March 31, 2021, 9AM in Buenos Aires, 2PM in Paris, and 8PM Manila, via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Delivering the keynote address will be Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Emergencies Programme, and presenting the study are CPDE Co-Chair Beverly Longid, CPDE Latin America and the Caribbean region’s Josefina Villegas, and independent researcher for the CPDE International Civil Society Organisations sector Catherine Turner.

Also gracing the event are Ulrika Modeer, Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator, and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy at the United Nations Development Programme, and Gabriella Fesus, Head of Social Inclusion and Protection, Health and Demography at the European Commission. They will speak on Covid-19 and its impact on implementing the effectiveness agenda at country level, and Making aid transparent, predictable and accountable to improve the effectiveness of the pandemic response, respectively.

Helen Holm, coordinator for Covid-19 response at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), will then talk about applying the effective development cooperation principles in the pandemic response to get us back on track to Leaving No One Behind and delivering results. The discussions will be moderated by Justin Kilcullen, CPDE Co-Chair.

“We launched this initiative as an immediate response to the Covid-19 crisis, and as part of the platform’s commitment to work for effective development cooperation and contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals,” CPDE Co-Chair Longid explains.

The event will feature common themes from 29 case studies spanning 33 countries conducted by five (5) regional and six (6) sectoral constituencies of CPDE from August to November 2020. These cover the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic that have stood out across all constituencies, the emerging trends of official development assistance (ODA), and the corresponding implications on effective development cooperation.

“Through this study carefully put together by our members and partners, CPDE hopes to raise awareness on the situation of grassroots communities and the civil society amidst the pandemic, and to support informed engagements with partner countries, development actors, and other stakeholders in making international cooperation more effective,” CPDE Co-Chair Kilcullen adds.

CPDE is an open platform that unites civil society organisations from around the world on the issue of effective development cooperation (EDC). It strives to make development more effective by reshaping the global aid architecture and empowering CSOs working on the ground.

It represents CSOs from six regions (Africa, Asia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean), and eight sectors (Rural, Feminist Group, Indigenous Peoples, Faith-Based Organisations, International Civil Society Organisations, Youth, Labour, and Migrants and Diaspora).

To know more, visit and its special webpage on its Covid-19 engagements,


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Speakers List update: CPDE webinar on Covid-19 response

24. März 2021 - 9:08

A most exciting lineup of speakers awaits participants of the CPDE global webinar titled, “World in Lockdown, Development on Hold: A special report on the (in)effectiveness of COVID-19 response.”

Joining the event would be Dr. Michael Ryan of the World Health Organization (WHO) , Gabriella Fesus of the European Commission, Ulrika Modeer of United Nations Development Programme, Helen Holm of Sida – Styrelsen för Internationellt Utvecklingssamarbete, Beverly Longid and Justin Kilcullen, CPDE Co-Chairs, and Catherine Turner, an independent researcher for the CPDE International CSOs sector.

The event happens on 31 March 2021, 9AM in Buenos Aires, 2PM in Paris, and 8PM in Manila via Zoom, to be streamed on Facebook Live. More speakers to be confirmed.

Sign up:

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Development Cooperation News Roundup – March 8 to 14, 2021

12. März 2021 - 7:20


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CPDE News Roundup
March 8 to 14, 2021


Featuring CPDE Webinar on the (in)effectiveness of the COVID-19 response, the radical origins of International Women’s Day, important insights on migrants and refugees’ situation worldwide, and many more videos, calls for application, and good reads!




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‌ The roots of International Women’s Day are more radical than you think

Last March 8, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. Did you know that it was originally founded by female socialists agitating for equality, and that the holiday even helped spark the Russian Revolution?


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‌ CPDE global webinar on the (in)effectiveness of the COVID-19 response


Wednesday, 31 March 2021
9am Buenos Aires | 2pm Paris | 8PM Manila

Our platform warmly invites you to a webinar we are organising on effectiveness in the pandemic response, where we will present our global study, World in lockdown, Development on hold: A special CPDE report on the (in)effectiveness of COVID-19 response. An agenda with the list of speakers will be shared closer to the webinar.


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‌ Civil Society at the Frontlines: How can SDG 17 support an enabling environment for CSOs’ recovery and resiliency? ‌



23 March 2021 | 4:15 PM Bangkok / 5:15 PM Manila

For this year’s UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), Reality of Aid Asia Pacifique, along with CPDE Asia and the IPMSDL host this event to discuss sectoral case studies highlighting the lack of enabling environment for CSOs, the crucial role of CSOs in fulfilling SDG 17, and the prospects for CSO sustainability and resiliency amid this crisis.



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‌ GENDER JUSTICE NOW! Moving Beyond Neoliberalism, Capitalism and Patriarchy ‌



18 March 2021
4 PM Manila / 7 PM Sydney

Reality of Aid Asia Pacific and Aid/Watch invite you to their 3d Aid Talks to discuss how women and gender diverse peoples from the Asia Pacific region embrace, advocate and are ushering in feminist, just and rights-based solutions for lives, livelihoods and development justice. With panelists from Karen Peace Support Network and Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur


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‌ Beyond Beijing Committee Nepal hosts a physical #SheDecides Event in Kathmandu


26 March 2021

To mark the fourth global #SheDecides Day, Beyond Beijing Committee Nepal will be organising a physical event in Kathmandu on 26 March and urge interested youths to fill out the registration form. #SheDecides is a global movement, aimed to achieve a new normal where every girl and every woman can decide about her own body, life, and future without any question.


Register here



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Online events Watch!


‌ Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration Video Education Series ‌


In an effort to raise awareness especially among migrants on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM),  the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) launched its GCM Video Education Series, a set of five short videos aimed to acquaint migrants with the GCM and its relevance and processes.


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‌ 19th International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights


The FIFDH is a leading international event dedicated to film and human rights. Last week, it gathered diplomats, NGOs, victims, artists, philanthropists, activists, journalists, decision makers, and the general public around screenings and high-level debates.



Watch the conversations on Youtube



‌ Global Inter-Ministerial Dialogue Addressing Gender-biaised Sex Selection (GBSS)


A high-level dialogue uniting high level commitments to end son preference and the undervaluing of the girl, towards the full realization of Gender Equality in 2030. Organised by UNFPA, EU and Norwegian Government.



Read more Watch the dialogue





‌ PCFS to UNHRC: hold Myanmar military junta accountable for bloody protest crackdown


People’s Coalition for Food Sovereignty urges the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to take a stronger stance on the political crisis in Myanmar, following the violent clash between the police and protesters on February 28.



Read their statement



‌ Indigenous Women Rise for Land, Rights,
and Self-determination!


The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) salutes the continuing defiance of tens of thousands of Burmese peoples against the military coup that ransacked their democracy.



Read their statement



‌ Working class women are crucial in ushering social transformation ‌

Women celebrate International Working Women’s Day on March 8 because thousands of women garment workers went on strike for higher wages, better working conditions and against global powers’ wars more than a century ago. IBON International recognises and celebrates the significant roles of women, especially from the working people and the poor, in advancing people’s rights and sovereignty especially today.


Read their statement



‌ 35 Aid Agencies warn of further irreversible impact, marking 10 years of Syrian conflict ‌

Thirty-five of the leading aid agencies, including ACT Alliance, warn of increased, irreversible, damage if the growing humanitarian needs in Syria are not met and a political solution is not found. They highlight that a decade since the start of the conflict, living conditions for many Syrians are worse than ever.


Read it here



‌ NETRIGHT Ghana’s Statement for
International Women’s Day

From Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana,  a CPDE Feminist Group member, for IWD2021.

While we acknowledge the key roles, women are playing as front liners in curbing the pandemic, we also want to highlight the increased burden of unpaid care work, domestic violence, unemployment and the rise in poverty levels that women and girls are grappling with amid the pandemic. Yet, they have been side-lined thus disproportionately represented in COVID-19 policy spaces at all levels.


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Calls for projects/application



‌ Job opening at CPDE:
Policy and Membership Coordinator

CPDE is looking for a Policy and Membership Coordinator!
The successful candidate will provide our platform with the necessary coordination and membership engagement to advance its policy and advocacy objectives. S/he shall work closely with the Policy and Advocacy Officer, and Network Manager.
Location: Quezon City, Philippines
Duration: One-year with six months of probation, renewable


More info



‌ 5 funds that are making a difference for women

CIVICUS shared five funds that are making a big difference for rural women, adolescent girls, women and transgender activists and human right defenders, and sex workers.


More info



‌ CIVICUS is looking for an advocacy and campaigns officer


Lead CIVICUS’s advocacy initiatives and campaigns in response to civic space restrictions.



Apply before March, 22




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Good reads


‌ How Can Member States Improve the UN’s Global Counterterrorism Strategy?

Saferworld‘s Jordan Street and Nicholas Miller from International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) argue that an updated UN approach to counter-terrorism should reflect these changes and address current shortcomings in; protecting civic space, meaningfully integrating gender, defending principled humanitarian access, and delivering human rights oversight.


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‌ Facebook enabling Amazon land grabbing, deforestation, finds investigation ‌


In a powerful documentary entitled Selling the Amazon, BBC Brasil went undercover to show how illegal land grabbers are moving in on public land in the Brazilian Amazon, including within protected areas — clearing rainforest and selling plots to ranchers at highly inflated prices. In a modern twist that is attracting international attention, the documentary showed plots of public land being openly advertised on Facebook.



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‌ Building sustainable revenue in community-based organizations: lessons from the legal empowerment field

The Open Society Foundation shares key lessons from its work supporting organizations that are experimenting with earned income models.


Learn more



‌ Even in peaceful countries, journalists are increasingly being identified as ‘public enemies’ ‌


In 2020, the number of journalists imprisoned worldwide for their reporting reached record levels: at least 274 (mainly in China and Turkey), of whom 34 were imprisoned for allegedly spreading ‘fake news’, compared to 31 in 2019.



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‌ One year on: How the pandemic has affected refugees, asylum seekers, and migration

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus first began spreading outside China, there was widespread fear that refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people living in camps and densely populated urban areas would be hit particularly hard.


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SAVE THE DATE: CPDE global webinar on the (in)effectiveness of the COVID-19 response

10. März 2021 - 7:53
CPDE invites civil society and people’s organisations, policymakers, academics, members of the press, and other development stakeholders to a global webinar on effectiveness in the pandemic response.

The event happens on 31 March 2021, 9AM in Buenos Aires, 2PM in Paris, and 8PM in Manila via Zoom, to be streamed on Facebook Live.

CPDE will present its recent study, “World in Lockdown, Development on Hold: A special report on the (in)effectiveness of COVID-19 response,” featuring data culled by our members and partners from across the globe.

Sign up:
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Job opening at CPDE: Policy and Membership Coordinator

5. März 2021 - 7:43

CPDE is looking for a Policy and Membership Coordinator!

The successful candidate will provide CPDE with the necessary coordination and membership engagement to advance its policy and advocacy objectives. S/he shall work closely with the Policy and Advocacy Officer, and Network Manager.

Location: Quezon City, Philippines

Duration: One-year with six months of probation, renewable

1) Essential experience:       

  • At least three years’ work experience on relevant and/or related field
  • Coordination of platform members in multiple countries for multi-donor funded programme implementation and multi-agency policy and advocacy engagement
  • Policy work targeted at bilateral and multilateral agencies
  • Working with diverse CSOs
  • Writing clear reports, policy and advocacy products
  • Work in a developing country and/or experience working with organisations from the Global South.

2) Desirable experience:

  • Making presentations to decision-makers
  • Involvement in an international network/platform
  • Involvement in an international campaign

3) Required aptitude, skills and knowledge:

  • Demonstrated policy research and writing skills
  • Demonstrated coordination and management skill
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • Ability to coordinate a multi-country, multi-donor and multi-agency project
  • Ability to work in a small team and to work collaboratively with CSOs worldwide
  • A very high standard of spoken and written English
  • Computer literate and familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

 4) Desirable aptitude, skills and knowledge:

  • Understanding current debates on aid and development effectiveness policies and Agenda 2030

5) Willingness to travel

6) Commitment to CPDE’s values and goals

Please download the position profile or send an email to for more details.#

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Task Team launches free course on engaging CSOs via Coursera

5. Februar 2021 - 10:31

Multi-stakeholder coalition Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment is launching its free online course on Effective Engagement of Civil Society Organisations in Development via the platform Coursera, on 8 February 2021.

Designed to build awareness on the need to engage CSOs in development processes, the course features five modules on creating an environment where CSOs can meaningfully and effectively contribute to implementation and monitoring of international development processes. Each module starts with an animated video introducing the topic, followed by good practice examples, insights from the field via video interviews, in-depth readings, and an online activity.

The online course was conceptualised by the Task Team in response to how the scale and ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require participation of all development actors, including CSOs, to ensure its implementation. Task Team believes that the effective engagement of CSOs in development to achieve the SDGs is a shared responsibility: Governments, donors, and CSOs all have a role to play to help maximise CSOs’ contributions to development.

“It is urgent that CSOs meaningfully and effectively engage in development processes. But what is needed for CSOs to be able to do so? This online interactive guidance offers some answers to that question,” explained Sanne Huesken, Policy Officer of the Task Team secretariat, who will be the instructor.

The course will take participants through a history of the international commitments that call for this multi-stakeholder collaboration, what this means in practice for different development actors, and the benefits that can ensue through means of good practice examples from countries across the globe.

It will be based on Task Team’s Guidance and Good Practice on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment, as well as other research it commissioned through its Secretariat at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS-EUR).

The Task Team is a multi-stakeholder coalition. Its participants come from three stakeholder groups: development cooperation providers (donors), partner country governments, and CSOs (affiliated with the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness). The Task Team has around 30 active participants and strives for equal participation.

To learn more, visit, or contact the Task Team Secretariat: #

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Resumen de noticias sobre la cooperación al desarrollo – 18-22 de enero de 2021

22. Januar 2021 - 8:12
¿Sabías que?

Un ensayo fotográfico que presenta los principales hitos del movimiento por los derechos de la mujer, los avances y retrocesos, y las voces y aspiraciones de mujeres líderes de todos los rincones del mundo.  


Los copresidentes de la AOED publican una declaración de apoyo a la copresidenta Beverly Longid, cuya organización de pueblos indígenas en Filipinas se enfrenta a ataques maliciosos por parte del gobierno, y está siendo etiquetada como enemiga del Estado: 

DECA Equipo Pueblo de la AOED organiza una conferencia de prensa sobre la recuperación y el fortalecimiento de los espacios cívicos en México – Nuestro artículo de resumen del evento arriba mencionado. 

Mantener el espacio cívico sano”: El informe anual 2019-2020 del Centro Internacional para la Ley Sin Fines de Lucro (ICNL) ha salido a la luz!  

El Grupo Árabe para la Protección de la Naturaleza (APN), como parte del grupo de trabajo de la AOED sobre Conflictos y Fragilidad, lanzó su estudio de investigación sobre la realidad del trabajo de desarrollo en Yemen:  

El European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL) ha publicado las actualizaciones de CSO Meter sobre el entorno de la sociedad civil en los países de la Alianza Oriental, con Armenia, Bielorrusia, Moldavia, Azerbaiyán, Georgia y Ucrania:  

Racismo y discriminación institucionalizada en el despliegue de la vacuna COVID-19″. Declaración conjunta de la Red de ONG palestinas (PNGO), el Consejo Palestino de Organizaciones de Derechos Humanos (PHROC) y el Instituto Nacional Palestino de ONG (PNIN):  

Eventos en línea ¡Guarde la fecha!

Compruebe su hora local:    

Del 25 al 29 de enero de 2021, la Red de Investigación de Asia-Pacífico (APRN) celebra su conferencia anual de investigación sobre los tratados de libre comercio (TLC) en Asia-Pacífico con el tema “Hacia una economía y una agenda comercial favorables a las personas”. Inscríbase en las sesiones plenarias:    

El 7º Simposio anual sobre el papel de la religión y las organizaciones religiosas en los asuntos internacionales tendrá lugar el 26 de enero de 2020 de 8 a 12:30 EST. El evento de este año se titula “2021: Un año decisivo para acelerar la igualdad, la equidad y la justicia de género”. Inscríbase:  

El 26 de enero de 2021, a las 16:00 horas de Johannesburgo/ 10:00 horas de Manila, CIVICUS celebra un seminario web titulado “Narrativas positivas de la acción colectiva” – Inscríbase:  

Del 23 al 31 de enero, la edición 2021 del Foro Social Mundial (FSM) se celebrará virtualmente. El FSM debe ser un espacio abierto para la reflexión, el debate democrático de ideas y la articulación de acciones efectivas por parte de las entidades y movimientos de la sociedad civil de todo el mundo. Consulta su programa e inscríbete (EN/FR/SP/ARABIC/CHINESE +): 


Nuestros colegas de DECA, Equipo Pueblo, AC dieron una conferencia de prensa sobre la Campaña Nacional sobre la Reducción de los Espacios Cívicos en México.  

Foro de Solidaridad Asia-Pacífico en apoyo del movimiento campesino en la India.  

Seminario web del Centro Internacional de Derecho no Lucrativo (ICNL) sobre “La mejora de la gobernanza y la lucha contra la corrupción para el crecimiento inclusivo en Oriente Medio y el Norte de África”.  

Convocatoria de proyectos/solicitudes

El Fondo de los Balcanes Occidentales ha lanzado una convocatoria abierta de trabajos de investigación “Impacto de COVID-19 en la sostenibilidad de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil en la región de los Balcanes Occidentales”. Solicite antes del 7 de febrero de 2021:  

Los jóvenes activistas son bienvenidos a solicitar el Laboratorio de Acción Juvenil CIVICUS, un laboratorio de co-creación de un año para apoyar a los jóvenes activistas a ser más resistentes y sostenibles en su trabajo. Solicita antes del 1 de febrero de 2021 (ES):  

Los jóvenes de la región de Asia-Pacífico están invitados a presentar su propuesta de negocio o idea innovadora para mejorar la vida de los migrantes, los desplazados y sus comunidades de acogida entre los pobres urbanos. Presenta tu candidatura a la iniciativa de Innovación Juvenil para la Movilidad Humana para obtener apoyo en el desarrollo de tu idea hasta convertirla en una empresa social viable. Solicita antes del 10 de febrero de 2021:  

Buena Lectura

¿Puede la sociedad civil sobrevivir a COVID-19? (ING)  

Los pueblos indígenas desconfían del plan de rescate de la biodiversidad de la ONU (ING)  

Las empresas de auditoría no deberían encubrir la inacción de las marcas mundiales frente a los salarios precarios (ES)  

Recuperar el espacio cívico: desafíos globales, respuestas locales (ES)  

Por qué el derecho de las mujeres a la salud y la igualdad de género son importantes para su empresa (ES)   

‘Big Data’: ¿aliado o enemigo de los pequeños agricultores? (ES)  

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Una declaración de apoyo a Beverly Longid, y a todos los defensores de los derechos humanos

22. Januar 2021 - 7:11

Nosotros, los copresidentes de la Alianza de OSC para la Eficacia del Desarrollo, deseamos expresar nuestra solidaridad con nuestra copresidenta Beverly Longid, una destacada defensora de los derechos de Filipinas y también coordinadora mundial del Movimiento Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas por la Autodeterminación y la Liberación.

Como plataforma mundial de la sociedad civil, trabajamos por el avance de los derechos humanos y las libertades civiles. Creemos en la defensa de los derechos de las personas a la libre expresión, la reunión pacífica, la asociación, la participación cívica y el diálogo social. Defendemos una sociedad civil empoderada, que pueda decir la verdad al poder y realizar los controles necesarios a los gobiernos y las empresas.

Estos pilares de las democracias deben ser protegidos en todo momento. Son los instrumentos del pueblo para luchar por su bienestar y sus intereses, y para buscar reparación contra la opresión y la explotación. Son la clave para alcanzar la justicia social y el verdadero desarrollo.

Lamentablemente, las libertades cívicas y la sociedad civil y las organizaciones populares han sido atacadas en todo el mundo, en lo que denominamos el patrón global de reducción del espacio cívico. Hemos seguido especialmente de cerca la situación en Filipinas, y los hechos revelan que los defensores de los derechos humanos en el país están siendo objeto de un ataque implacable e impune. Cientos de defensores de los derechos son acosados, encarcelados, secuestrados, torturados e incluso asesinados. A las organizaciones de la sociedad civil se les impide realizar su labor de incidencia mediante restricciones burocráticas. Nuestros colegas y socios están siendo etiquetados como terroristas por dedicar sus vidas al servicio de los marginados.

En el caso de Beverly, una de sus afiliaciones, la Alianza Popular de la Cordillera (CPA), junto con otras organizaciones progresistas, está siendo etiquetada como enemiga del Estado. Otros líderes de los pueblos indígenas del país también se enfrentan a amenazas de muerte: hay una orden de disparar a matar contra Windel Bolinget de la CPA, y justo antes de que acabara el año, nueve líderes Tumandok de Filipinas Central fueron asesinados.

Habiendo trabajado con muchos miembros de estas formaciones, en la AOED sabemos que son responsables de un trabajo legítimo e importante para la promoción de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas y de los derechos humanos, como las campañas en defensa de las tierras ancestrales, la autodeterminación, la protección del medio ambiente y la producción y el consumo sostenibles. Durante más de tres décadas, la CPA ha hecho campaña contra la minería a gran escala, la construcción de presas, la tala de árboles y la militarización, entre otras actividades que causaron un gran daño a sus comunidades. Los tumandoks asesinados se resistían a un megaproyecto de presa que destruirá sus hogares y sus medios de vida.

Los líderes y defensores de los PI merecen el apoyo y el reconocimiento del Estado, no la difamación ni el vilipendio. Denunciamos enérgicamente estos ataques a los derechos humanos bajo el gobierno del presidente filipino Rodrigo Duterte. Exigimos que se rindan cuentas por todos los delitos que se están cometiendo contra las libertades cívicas del pueblo.

El año pasado, lideramos a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil en la campaña Llamamiento a la Acción de Belgrado. Pedimos a los Estados miembros de las Naciones Unidas -entre los que se encuentra Filipinas- que actuaran para revertir el cierre y la reducción del espacio para la sociedad civil, para detener los ataques a los defensores de los derechos humanos y el debilitamiento de la participación democrática, y para renovar las perspectivas de una Agenda 2030 inclusiva, y la plena realización de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible.”

Seguimos manteniendo estos llamamientos, por Beverly Longid y el resto de nuestros aliados filipinos, así como por los defensores de los derechos humanos de todo el mundo. Alabamos su compromiso y les apoyamos en su lucha por una sociedad mejor para todos.



Marita González

Justin Kilcullen

Mónica Novillo

Richard Ssewakiryanga


Copresidentes de la AOED

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Development Cooperation News Roundup – 18-22 Jan 2021

22. Januar 2021 - 5:42
Did you know?

A photo-essay presenting key milestones in the women’s rights movement, the progress and pushback, and voices and aspirations of women leaders from every corner of the world.  

  • 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 Save the date!

Check your local time:   

  • 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
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A statement of support for Beverly Longid, and all human rights defenders

22. Januar 2021 - 5:39

We, the Co-chairs of CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, wish to express our solidarity with our co-chair Beverly Longid, a leading rights advocate from the Philippines and also the Global Coordinator of the International Indigenous People’s Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation.

As a global civil society platform, we work towards the advancement of human rights and civil liberties. We believe in upholding the people’s rights to free expression, peaceful assembly, association, civic participation and social dialogue. We stand for an empowered civil society, which can speak truth to power and perform the necessary checks for governments and corporations.

These pillars of democracies must be protected at all times. They are the people’s means to fight for their welfare and interests, and to seek redress against oppression and exploitation. They are key to the attainment of social justice and genuine development.

Sadly, civic freedoms and civil society and people’s organisations have been under attack around the world, in what we refer to as the global pattern of shrinking civic space. We have especially been closely monitoring the situation in the Philippines, and facts reveal that human rights defenders in the country are being targeted relentlessly and with impunity. Hundreds of rights advocates are being harassed, imprisoned, abducted, tortured, even murdered. Civil society organisations are being prevented from doing advocacy work through bureaucratic restrictions. Our colleagues and partners are being tagged as terrorists for devoting their lives in the service of the marginalised.

In Beverly’s case, one of her affiliations, the Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA), along with other progressive organisations, is being tagged as an enemy of the state. Other indigenous people’s leaders in the country also face threats to their lives: there is a shoot-to-kill order on Windel Bolinget of CPA, and just before the year ended, nine Tumandok leaders in Central Philippines were killed.

Having worked with many members of these formations, we at CPDE know that they are responsible for legitimate and important work for the promotion of Indigenous Peoples rights and human rights, such as campaigns in defense of ancestral land, self-determination, environmental protection, and sustainable production and consumption. For over three decades, CPA has campaigned against large-scale mining, dam construction, logging, and militarization, among other activities that brought great harm to their communities. The murdered Tumandoks were resisting a mega-dam project that will destroy their homes and livelihood.

Indigenous People leaders and advocates deserve State support and recognition, not defamation or vilification. We strongly denounce these attacks on human rights under the rule of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. We demand accountability for all the crimes being committed against the people’s civic freedoms.

Last year, we led civil society organisations in the Belgrade Call to Action campaign. We asked United Nations Member States – which include the Philippines – to act to reverse the closing and shrinking space for civil society, to stop the attacks on human rights defenders and the undermining of democratic participation, and to renew the prospects for an inclusive agenda 2030, and the full realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We continue to uphold these calls, for Beverly Longid and the rest of our Filipino allies, as well as for the human rights defenders around the world. We laud their commitment and stand by them in their fight for a better society for all.


Marita Gonzalez
Justin Kilcullen
Monica Novillo
Richard Ssewakiryanga

CPDE Co-Chairs

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